Sunday Salon About Finding Books

TSSbadge1Hi all and welcome to my first Sunday Salon post! Moving forward, this will be the meme I use to post my discussion posts and today we’ll be talking about where we find our books – especially our free books. When I started blogging, I wasn’t even aware free books were a thing. As I started reading more blogs in addition to writing, I started noticing that some people mentioned getting free books from publishers and then I was ever so pleasantly surprised when I first got my first review request. However, there are more proactive way to get free books. Obviously the library is a beautiful and amazing thing to which we should all occasionally donate. In my case, that happens when keep books out late (ones without a waiting list!) and then pay the fines. Today though lets focus on the online sources for free books.

I’m sure many of your have already discovered Netgalley and Edelweiss. For those of you haven’t, both of these sites allow to request ebooks directly from publishers. Your acceptance to review a book is largely based on arcane magical rituals like reading tea leaves, but the details of the process known to bloggers are nicely summarized in this post from Anya at On Starships and Dragon Wings. A new site that allows you to request books directly from the publisher is Penguin’s First To Read program. Acceptance there seems to be random until you’ve earned enough points to guarantee yourself a copy of a book.

Another source of free to cheap books of which I’ve recently become aware are the many newsletters about available ebooks. Riffle, a bookish social network that functions a lot like Pinterest, has recently started a newsletter that lets you select genres that you’d like to be e-mailed about. The Fussy Librarian lets you select genres, but also lets you select the level of violence, sexual content, and profanity you find acceptable (options for all include none, a little, and any). Bookbub just sends you a daily e-mail with really good deals across all genres. Personally, I’m not sure I’ll take advantage of these newsletters too much since I do prefer physical books to ebooks. However, they do seem like a great way to support indie authors with reviews and that’s something I’d like to do more.

Do you have any great sites for requesting review copies or finding cheap ebooks which you’d recommend?

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22 responses to “Sunday Salon About Finding Books

  1. I had no clue about all these newsletters! I randomly browse Nook.com and see what deals are happening at the time. Not a very efficient process.

  2. Woohoo for free books! I have a serious NetGalley and Edelweiss problem. I also just signed up for First Reads but I didn’t see anything I wanted this batch but I have a feeling it will also be a problem in terms of taking on lots of new books πŸ™‚

    • Haha, yep, I’ve gotten pretty bad about using these sites too! The other day I was telling my boyfriend that I really shouldn’t request any more books while simultaneously requesting a ton of books on netgalley. Sometimes I just can’t help it! πŸ™‚

  3. When it comes to review copies, there are often some offered in the ads of the daily Shelf Awareness newsletters – plus, it’s just a great thing to get in your e-mail box πŸ™‚

  4. joyweesemoll

    Welcome to Sunday Salon! I’ve only recently started Sunday Salon posts, but I really like doing them.

    I mostly use the library for my free books since I don’t have space for more books in my house. Occasionally, I accept review copies but I don’t go looking for them.

    • Thanks! It seems like a good meme and I’m excited to join in πŸ™‚ I also get most of my books from the library, but as I’ve gotten more used to ebooks, I’ve also gotten more excited about requesting ARCs online.

  5. I subscribed to some of the Riffle lists a couple weeks ago, but I’m still waiting for an email about deals. I must have signed up for the wrong genres!

    • Yeah, I went back to check if I’d actually signed up when I was writing this post because I haven’t gotten any e-mails yet either. I signed up for quite a few genres, so I wonder if they just haven’t started yet.

  6. Interesting ideas and a lot of useful information. I already have in my house too many books and more than I could read in the next five years, yet I keep buying books. Some years I do try to curtail the amount I take in. I now have more books from NetGalley than I need, but I do agree it is a great source.

    • I wondered when I was writing this post if there are actually any book bloggers who are looking for more ways to find books! For the most part, we all seem to have the opposite problem πŸ™‚

  7. “Your acceptance to review a book is largely based on arcane magical rituals like reading tea leaves” LOL. Yeah… I don’t really know what makes a publisher accept me for one book and reject me the next. Does seem pretty random! Great talk!

  8. “Your acceptance to review a book is largely based on arcane magical rituals like reading tea leaves” – it does seem that way sometimes! I’ve used the Australian version of Gutenberg a couple of times, they have less books in general but there are some there that are difficult to find otherwise.

    • It can feel very arbitrary πŸ™‚ I haven’t really taken advantage of Gutenberg because I prefer physical books to audiobooks and can get most of the books I want at the library, but I should remember it if I come across an older book that’s hard to find. Do you find that you mostly get classics through that site or lesser known books as well?

  9. ebookclassics

    Unfortunately, I seem to “donate” my fair share of money to the library too. Great to learn about some new-to-me resources for books. Although it’s probably going to take me a few years to get through my TBR list.

  10. Great list. I haven’t heard of First To Read before so I’ll need to check that out.

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