For those of you that like to read but can’t afford to buy books regularly this blog post is for you.
I can relate and so I found some ways that you can get free books……..legally. I stumbled across someone making a blog post about the same thing. However, not everything she wrote was applicable in Jamaica so for my Jamaican readers, this list is for you.
- Edelweiss– This website has many ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) from the publishers themselves. They’re all free and you can send them to your kindle or read them from your computer. You pick any of the books from the list in exchange for an honest review. I can vouch for the quality of the books on the site. I use it for most of my reading. The only catch is, just because you request a book doesn’t mean you will get it.
- Net Galley- This is another website like Edelweiss where you request titles that you want in exchange for an honest review. They have every genre you can think of. Please don’t request a tonne of books and don’t read them, it’s unfair and you won’t be accepted for more books. Try doing a couple at a time. (This is also a note to self, I have so many books I have to read now)
- Online Giveaways- I know you guys are probably thinking “I don’t win things” well not with that attitude you won’t. You can simply search the hashtag #bookgiveaway on Instagram or Twitter to see scan through. Some won’t ship to Jamaica but some do so look out for “international giveaway”. I’ve personally won about 3 books this year through social media. It’s like the only way to get free books that aren’t digital. Thank you Rebel Woman Lit and Decentred Lit.
- The Library- Yes we forget that the library exists but all you need is a library card and the books are free. You can go in and read without the card too. No, they aren’t yours but so? You might find something you love so I’d encourage you to check it out. The library at UWI also puts out books at the front ever so often that you can take free of cost.
The other options where you can get books at a discounted price include buying them used at like Bookophelia and some pop-up thrift events. What book are you reading now? I’m reading Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book by Courtney Maum. I got it from Edelweiss.
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