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15 October 2018

Getting Books to Review When You Have No Money

I've spent a lot of my life without money, and I know how hard it can be. Especially if you're a reader. Because books are expensive. I have vivid memories of finishing the YA section in the library at high school and thinking "what next?". Luckily the librarian had a stash of books she kept hidden away to slowly rotate stock in, and let me read a lot of those. She also gave me my first review copy and sparked my love of sharing the books I read.

I know as a reader myself, when I'm looking at reviews on a blog I'm more likely to read one for a book I've already read rather than one that's not even out yet. I always find that when I'm talking about a book that's been out for longer there are more people who have read it, so more people that I can talk to it about.

Honestly, don't stress about always reading the latest books. I'm lucky enough to be able to get some books occasionally from lovely publishers, but I find that well loved, well read books are often the best talking points. And here are some tips for finding books to review when you have no money.

Getting Books to Review When You Have No Money

Read Your Own

Start off with the books you already own. Read them. Review them. Take pretty pictures. Shout to the world about those books that you already have, that you obviously thought good enough to buy in the first place. Think of how much joy and author would have when a new review of a back list book pops up. Reread an old favourite and gush about it, share your existing passion.

Go to the Library

Hit up the library (if you have one). I'm a member of my local library (physical books) and an online library (ebooks and audiobooks). Libraries are not only excellent resources of books, but using them supports authors through things like PLR, which compensates authors for their books being available in libraries.

You can often also join multiple libraries. I am a member of over five different library services and I use them all as they have different books in their catalogues.

Find Freebies

Check Amazon for freebies. There are so many free books on Amazon - some of them are always free, usually the first book in a series or a novella, and some of them are free as part of a promotion. I tend to check around once a week just in case. I have found some absolute gems, books that have gone on to become my favourites.

And don't forget that a lot of classics are free as their copyright has expired, and are available through things like Project Gutenberg (which is how I read the Sherlock Holmes books).

Enter Giveaways

I used to get the majority of my review copies on Goodreads Giveaways, but now they're US only (boo) and I have to use other sources. Sign up for publisher newsletters, make sure you're following publishers across social media. And keep an eye on other blogs! Fellow bloggers are extremely generous and run lots of awesome giveaways.

Every week I read the samples on Readers First and leave my First Impressions - even if I don't enter the draw for that book I can still earn points, and then use the points I earn to claim a book I really want at a later date. This is how I got my hands on The Island by MA Bennett.

What are your top tips for getting your hands on books?


  1. I love checking Amazon freebies too! I'm also signed up to More Romance Books, Book Cave and BookVixens, they send emails with freebies and discounted books!😊

    Shirley |

  2. This is such a great post! Never thought about getting freebies or signing up to places for books, although I do have a lot of books at home I have yet to read!

    Jessica & James | /

  3. This is a really great post, even though I’m not a book blogger I do read a lot! I’ve actually be rereadinng a lot of my books that I’ve loved in the past. Going to keep a look out for free books on amazon! X

  4. I don't do book reviewing often but the first reviews where of books I have had for ages and that I loved so much, I wanted to share with the world! Going to the library must help save so much money!

  5. Great post. Books can be expensive can't they? I've started using the library a LOT more recently and I just enjoy going there as well. I'd also add checking out charity shops for really cheap books!


  6. Some of my favourite books are free on Amazon and also going to the library is so underrated! I love my library!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  7. Great advice! Book reviews are always fun to read!!

  8. This is such a good post and goes to show you don't always need lots of money to be a blogger. I love your suggestion of reviewing library books! They would also make great blog props for photos to add something different in without having to spend loads of money. Thank you for sharing Cora, great ideas! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  9. Great post. I always go to library if I need a book and I want to save some money but in Poland we also have this book exchange action :)

  10. Great post! Thank you for sharing! X

  11. There are a bunch of ebook newsletters out there that send out links to free of very inexpensive books! Here's a list of some of my faves if you want to check it out! :)

  12. I have too many of my own books to read but still pick up new once from the library!


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