Share What You Know – Free Books (Jan 14)

swyk2015aShare What You Know is a new weekly meme, hosted on a Wednesday by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week she asks participants to share three things they know about one topic from a list she has posted. I have decided to give this meme a try, and the topic I have chosen from her list this week is: ‘How to find cheap or free books’.

There’s not much wrong with getting cheap or free books, and I have received quite a few over the past few years since I started this blog. There are a number of great places online which offer either cheap or free books, but, to keep with the meme rules, here are my favourite three ways:

1. LibraryThing – this site is primarily a place where you can store an online catalogue of your own personal library, but there are also two great ways of receiving free books – ‘Early Reviewers’ or ‘Member Giveaway’. You can join LibraryThing for free, but this only allows you to record up to 150 books. However, a lifetime membership, with unlimited recording, is only $25.00, which I think is pretty good value. Each month a large number of books are listed for giveaway. You’re not always guaranteed to get the books you request, but I’ve had quite a few good ones over the years. In return you are asked to provide a review, which isn’t that bad a thing for something that was free in the first place. Books are offered in both physical and e-book formats.

2. NetGalley – this site describes itself as ‘a service to promote titles to professional readers of influence. If you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to request, read and provide feedback about forthcoming titles. Your feedback and recommendations are essential to publishers and readers alike.’ Similar to LibraryThing, you are not always guaranteed the books you request, but there are always plenty to choose from and I’ve had some decent free reads from here. Most of the books are only offered in e-book format.

3. Giveaway Hops – a number of book blogs participate regularly in what is known as ‘Giveaway Hops’. This is where each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then they link up together allowing their followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. For followers that means lots of chances to win free books. For host blogs it means lots of new visitors and followers (thanks to I Am A Reader for this easy description). A quick Google search should bring up some interesting hops, but also Stuck In Books would be a good place to start. I’ve received some great freebies this way, and I’ve also found some interesting book blogs along the way.

There are many other ways to obtain cheap or free books, but these are the ones that have worked best for me. Happy book hunting!

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