Wednesday, March 8, 2017

{Let's Talk} How to get Free Books as a Reader


Bloggers get the opportunity to receive books for free to read and review, but free books are not just for bloggers.  There are TONS of opportunities for readers to get free books too!  Listed below are some of the best ways to receive free books as a reader.  Disclaimer: Please read and review all free books you receive from an author/publisher.  Also, these mostly pertain to the Indie book community.  Enjoy!

Last year was the first time I had ever heard of Wattpad and I have never looked back.  Like Tillie Cole, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Jamie McGuire or Colleen Hoover?  These are all authors that have posted on Wattpad so readers can read their content for FREE!  Some authors will release serialized stories and/or additional scenes for a published book.  This is also a more interactive way to read, with other readers making comments on certain scenes that you can see while you are reading the book!

Join authors Facebook groups!  Some authors will give readers the opportunity to read and review their books with the promise of posting a review on Goodreads and Amazon.  They usually post these sign-ups on their author pages.  Authors/PR's/bloggers/readers will also post giveaways on author's pages when new books are published, giving readers the opportunity to win a free book.

Book release events are also a great way to win some free books, learn about new authors and have a fun time with other readers.  Authors and bloggers will usually advertise these on their pages.  Authors will have designated times where they will post on this event, listing their author information, giveaways and games.  There is no guarantee of a free book, but the more you participate, the more likely you are to win.  Plus they are really fun and help support authors.

Also on Facebook, there are giveaways on Fridays in book groups, author pages and blog pages.  Just remember, if you win books in this manner, it is always good to spread the love and host a few of your own giveaways.

I would have to say that this is the easiest and best way to receive books for free!  TONS of authors will offer free books in their newsletters once-in-awhile, whether it is one of their own books or even a different author.  There are also a lot of reading groups/clubs where you are guaranteed a free book once a month from one of the participating authors by signing up to receive their newsletters!  These are usually advertised on author's Facebook/Instagram/Twitter pages and at the beginning of the year.

I know I have listed Facebook above, but other sites such as Instagram and Twitter have lots of opportunities to win free books.  I would suggest to follow authors, publishers, bloggers and PR's to find these giveaways.

Social media is also a great way to find out about book sales, some of which are books listed as free.  I always search the top selling free books on Amazon because it is a great way to try a new author or genre without spending money.  I have found some of my favorite authors this way and I tried my first contemporary romance book from a free book off of Amazon, which sparked my intense love for this genre!

Goodreads also is a great place to sign-up for giveaways to win free books, especially physical copies!  Although I have not had the best luck with winning books off of Goodreads, I know a lot of other readers have.

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Have other ways for readers to get free books?  List them below!  Learned something new from this post?  let me know below!  Also, follow my Instagram and Facebook page because I regularly post about book sales, giveaways and book club/groups!

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