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Subject: Getting Free books to review
Date Posted: 1/21/2012 11:33 AM ET
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I am an avid reader and have noticed that on some reviews on PBS that others are reading a book for a publishing company for a review. I was just needing to know which christain publishing companies are offering free books for review. I would love to do this! Any help in obtaining publishing companies that offer a free book in exchange for a review would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Sincerely, Dawn

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 4:03 PM ET
Member Since: 1/28/2009
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Hi Dawn-

I have only received a few books to write reviews for but this is the site where I got them from.  I do know that some publishers have requirements that have to be met before you can get books to review such as so many subscribers to your blog, etc.

Blogging for Books

Been a while since I have used them so not sure what their requirements are as of now.

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 6:34 PM ET
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I messaged you Dawn. I review for several publishing companies, but like Cynthia said, they have requirements, the main one being that you have to have a blog on which to post reviews.

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 5:06 PM ET
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I review for a blog called Luxury Reading and is actually run by a member here at PBS!  :)  I don't know if she's taking new reviewers, but you can always ask.  I get to pick which books I review from the list she has.  I can see if she needs new reviewers if you want.  ??

Date Posted: 2/14/2012 5:15 PM ET
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Is Luxury Reading Christian? I glanced briefly through the website and didn't see anything specific about that. I'm always on the lookout for more opportunities to review books.

The publishers I know of that you can review for are:

Waterbrook Press - Blogging for books

Zondervan - you fill out a form saying who you are and what you reviewed and then request your next book each time

Thomas Nelson - Booksneeze

Tyndale - They don't offer a lot, just 3 or 4 at a time but they do have a program at least

Moody  - If you look at the blogger page there isn't much there, but if you e-mail "Janis" (link on website) you can do more

Sadly NavPress just stopped their program in August. I'm wanting to convince Living Ink books to do it but haven't gotten a response yet. Marcher Lord Press does only e-book. Netgalley.com has multiple publishers, including Living Ink put e-books up for reviewing and you just do everything through their website.

Sometimes individual authors will have a book they'll send you for review. Just ask. I know that some, like Max Elliot Anderson aren't given that option by their publisher, but some have the freedom to do that.

Date Posted: 2/16/2012 6:44 PM ET
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Netgalley is another one.  I have been able to get some on Early Reviewers at LibraryThing.