May 2, 2013

Want Free Books?

by Nathan Busenitz

This post is probably going to sound more like an infomercial than a blog entry. (I promise I’m neither an official spokesman nor a paid actor.) But I wanted to share a resource with our readers that might benefit many of you.

Undoubtedly, some of you already know about this. But for those who don’t, it is an exceptional opportunity – especially for those who love to read.

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If you want to grow your library with brand new Christian books, there is an easy and free way to do it. Christian publishers will gladly send you free books, in exchange for your willingness to post an online blog review of each book after you read it.

Signing up to receive free books is easy. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: If you don’t already have one, you will need to start a blog. This is a cinch, and can be done for free through sites like www.wordpress.com, www.blogspot.com, or www.typepad.com. If you enjoy reading good books, and like telling others about them, starting a blog that includes regular book reviews can be both easy and enjoyable.

Step 2: Sign up with Christian publishers for free books through their “Blogger Review” programs. Most major Christian publishers offer these kinds of programs (at least for bloggers living within the United States and Canada). Here are ten, though there are undoubtedly others that I’ve left off of this list:

Bethany House (Baker) 

Kregel

Matthias Media

Moody Publishers

NetGalley (Multiple Publishers)

Reformation Trust 

Thomas Nelson  

Tyndale House  

Waterbrook Multnomah

Zondervan

Step 3: Review the books on your blog and then select more free books. Different publishers may have slightly different criteria for your online review (in terms of length and the places where it is posted). So be sure to check the details of each program that you join.

See how simple that is. Start a blog. Join a blogger review program. Choose new books. Read and review the books. And then choose more books. It’s a fun and free way to grow your personal library.

OK. Infomercial over.

If you know of any other similar programs to the ones listed above, please let us know in the comments section below.

Nathan Busenitz

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Nathan serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Church and teaches theology at The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles.
  • http://www.clintarcher.com/ Clint

    The best site I’ve found for free e-books is SeachAndTrace.net. They have gems that can be delivered to any mobile device in any e-format. They only do good, solid books (no Osteen-esque bestseller junk). And it’s all absolutely free. It’s pretty amazing.
    http://www.searchandtrace.net/

  • νεό φυτος

    Very cool!

  • http://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/ SLIMJIM

    Thank you for this! I read and review books all the time and it’s affecting my budget.

  • http://twitter.com/KregelAcademic Kregel Academic

    Thanks for the mention, Nathan! We love working with bloggers who share our love of great biblical resources. -Laura Bartlett (for Kregel Academic)

  • Dan Sudfeld

    Anyone know why Crossway is not on this list?

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      I”m not sure if they participate in one of these programs.

  • Brandon

    Nathan, I have a quick question for you. I am new to blogging. I started to blog a couple of months ago; but have yet to build up enough page views to be recognized by the publishers for these programs. Do you have any tips on how to increase my number of followers?

  • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

    Share on Facebook, and run short pieces on topics that are interesting to readers. Finally, and this is more of a “do as I say not as I do” thing, develop a blog that is focused on one topic or one area. The more specific, the more likely you will develop followers. IOW, not a travel blog, but a traveling in Derby, England blog. Or, what have you.

  • http://mriccardi.blogspot.com Mike Riccardi

    And I would also say, Brandon, that you should pick two or three higher trafficked blogs that you enjoy and commit to being a regular reader and commenter there. Read each post carefully and then interact thoughtfully with what the author had written and what other commenters have said. Really try to add the discussion and serve the readers by what you say. Not only will this train you to be a better writer and thinker, but if other regulars on that blog are often served by your thoughts they’ll check your profile or click through to your site.

  • David

    This is awesome! Thx for this Nathan! I just came across this blogging site and am enjoying the content here. Many Blessings.

  • Emanuel

    I have always wanted an opportunity as such, thank you for sharing.