Become a Book Reviewer: Ways to Save and Make Money

This week’s suggestion is both a way to make money and save money. When you review books for magazines, websites, or newspapers, you are often given free copies of the books. Even if you aren’t paid monetarily, reviewing books can be a great way to fund your reading habit. However, if you are lucky enough to get paid for your reviews you’ll get both free books and some money. You’ll be saving and making money at the same time.

There’s an idea out there that becoming a book reviewer is almost impossible. It’s not. It takes a lot of work and you have to be willing to market yourself, but it’s not impossible. It’s not that different from breaking


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4 Responses to Become a Book Reviewer: Ways to Save and Make Money

  1. Gollie Ollie! says:

    One very important thing that she fails to mention in this article is to be very beware of SCAMS!
    There are just as many scam artists out there as there are words in the article so “BEWARE!”
    They will promise you a great employment opportunity and end up taking your hard earned dollars and you will have nothing to show for it in return!

  2. giax says:

    There are two – or three, depending on how you count – sites that I’d want to add to that list.

    1. Crown Publishing/Random House has every month about three different titles (advance readers copies, lots of each) that they are giving away. I’ve got about 25-30 % success rate per entries, so I’ve got a number of books from there.
    They don’t require a review, but I find it to be good practice and karma anyway. so I make a review in bookcrossing and goodreads and mention where the book came from, and often pass it to friends after.

    2. They have plenty of books and daily in giveaways. Most ask if you could write a review so if you win, please do.
    I’ve entered any that has sounded even remotely interesting, and would say my success rate in getting a book (advance reader or published edition) is low, below 5 %.
    But definitely good to see if there are any interesting titles and enter for those that are…

    3. Many people organize bookrings for new-ish books. Someone will send you a book, then you read it and add the notes to the site about what you think of it, and send it to the next reader.

    And don’t forget your local library.

  3. Gail says:

    I’ve been a book reviewer for Amazon for well over a year now. I’ve gotten to great some great books and some not so great books. I’ve gotten some 1st edition hardcover books and a lot of advanced reading copies. I have found it to be fun. Even though I don’t make money at it, I have discovered some great new writers. I’m trying to work my way up to being able to do some reviews for pay. One thing I have found that reading one book sets me off trying to find more about the subject and so that means even more books to read. Good thing I love to read as I’m going through about a book a day at this point.

    If anyone is interested, you can check out my book review blog at

  4. I’ve been reviewing books for years at B& but finally started my own book review blog this year. Things happened very quickly. I’m linked to 15 local newspapers, I’ve had an author interview and even heard from a half dozen authors and their agents thanking me for my reviews. Because of my link to the small newspaper chain, I can’t take ad so my blog hasn’t generated any income, but luckily I don’t need it to. Haven’t thought of any of these avenues to obtain books from publishers so this article gave me a few ideas.

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