Make Money From Home Reading Books and Writing Reviews

In the past, to become a book reviewer, it took a lot of work because there were only so many places that published reviews of books. Today, with the Internet, there are many different ways you can make money by reading books and writing reviews. While you can still make money from traditional publishers purchasing your content, there are other ways to monetize your words.

Making Money Writing Book Reviews

As mentioned, in the old days the only options available were newspapers or magazines that ran reviews of books. A few people were responsible for most of the book reviews. Today, there’s a better chance you can get a gig writing book reviews for a newspaper or magazine, but you shouldn’t hold your breath. In the past this may have caused a lot of people to give up the idea of writing book reviews for money, but in the 21st century there are options.

One way to make money – slowly over time – is to read the books, write the reviews, and publish them yourself! Today, this is easier than ever before. After you write the reviews, simply include an affiliate link to the book so that you can make some money. Another possibility is running advertising on the book review site. Before you run around thinking you’re going to get rich overnight this way, sit down and think it through.

There is quite a bit of competition online – even for people reviewing books. This means it is going to be a challenge to get people to read your book reviews – even if they’re awesome. To help battle this, you should come up with something that makes your reviews unique – something that sets you apart. For some people, this means concentrating in one area. For example, only doing book reviews on World War II or only reviews on robot books.

This can help you attract a small but loyal audience of readers – who will buy your book recommendations and make you money. As mentioned, however, this is not going to happen overnight. If you put in the work, however, and write a couple reviews a week, eventually you’re going to start getting traffic. This is especially true if the reviews are really great quality.

Making money from home reading books and writing reviews isn’t easy, but it’s also not impossible these days. The important thing to remember is that you should set goals and stick to them. If you want to publish two book reviews a week (more might be a good idea) you are going to need to read the books and come up with good reviews. Doing the work is the only way you’re going to attract customers and make money in the long run.

Free Audio Books and eBooks at Your Library

In these tough economic times, we’re all looking for ways to cut back on expenses. Well, there’s a money saving card in your wallet – way at the back because you haven’t used it in a while. That’s right, it’s time to dig out the old library card. We all know that libraries loan out books for free, but it still seems like there are a lot more people shopping at the local bookstore or online at Amazon than at the library. Maybe it’s because they don’t always have enough copies of the latest books. Or maybe it’s that we forget to return books and then get charged a late fee. It’s time to take another look, because libraries are quickly becoming as friendly as the internet.

My local county library has contracted with a company call OverDrive, which offers AudioBooks and eBooks for download. Here’s how it works. The library has a certain number of copies of each book available. For example, my library has 21 copies of Eragon on AudioBooks. Anyone with a library card can go online and check out one of these copies. You download it to your computer, where it will stay for 14 days, at which time it expires. You don’t have to find the book and drive back to the library or risk a late fee. While it’s on your computer, you can listen to it, or if the license allows, you can burn it to CD or to your iPod! All of this is free to you!

If all 21 copies are checked out, you can put your name on the waiting list and you’ll be notified when the book becomes available. You can see the number of people in line ahead of you and how many copies the library has available, so it’s pretty easy to figure out when it will be your turn.

OverDrive also offers eBooks. This is a lot like the Kindle Books available from Amazon. You would have to purchase a reader, like the Sony Reader, which costs about $300. Then you could download books, magazines and newspapers to read on your mobile device. Most libraries don’t offer eBooks yet. They seem to be starting with AudioBooks to see how popular it is. If you’re interested in this option, let your library know. The more requests they get, the more likely it is that they’ll make it available.

Go to OverDrive.com to find out whether your library offers AudioBooks or eBooks, or go straight to your library’s website. If your library doesn’t offer this service, let them know that you’d like them to. Then make sure you have a library card!

Extend the Life of Books and Magazines

Promote reading in your community, reduce clutter around your home and your contribution of waste to the landfill, save a buck and benefit a charity while you are at it. Just how are you supposed to do all this? Well, it is actually quite simple. Go through your closets and bookshelves and look for all the used books and magazines that you no longer read.

Families that have moved repeatedly know the curse of hoarding is best avoided if at all possible. Moving literally hundreds of pounds of them certainly prompted us to systematically read our books once each and then decide whether it was a “keeper” or not.

Management of used books and magazines is a very environmental and community conscious thing for people to participate in. Extending the life of books and magazines is easily accomplished by taping the binding and edges of the covers. This repairs any damages, prevents wear and tear, and increases the value because it is nicer looking.

There are many options for you to consider for used books and magazines:

* Donating to any library is a good idea. Even well read publications are appreciated. If they do not make it to the library bookshelf, they will be sold in their annual fund-raising book sale. There are many kinds of libraries to consider aside from public ones – including church libraries, retirement home libraries, coffee shops and mobile libraries.

* Consider participating in Book Crossing – a charming way to encourage reading and create a connection with the community. This program requests that people register their used book, place an informative label on it and leave it at a common destination place (i.e. bus stop). Individuals that pick up the book visit the website and describe where they found it and where they decided to leave it for the next person to read. It can be quite interesting to see how far the book travels!

* The Operation Paperback Organization accepts donated reading material for the military.

* Trading in at the used bookstore is one of our favorite past-times. It feels good to support a local store that focuses on ‘reuse’. The trouble is our shelf is filled once again when we return with bundles of ‘new’ books to read!

* Get involved in exchange loops with friends, family or co-workers. By doing this, we have found ourselves exposed to all sorts of subjects and writing styles that we may not have picked up ourselves.

* Using the Key Words “Book Swap” in a search engine reveals many places online where one can trade used books.

* Leave a box of books near your door for guests to riffle through and have their pick. This way you don’t have to remember to trot out the box when people are visiting.

* Donate to any fund raising event held by schools, churches or non-profit groups.

* Sell, or give away in a garage sale. We always offer free stuff when we have a garage sale. One day we set out a box of magazines, thinking we would be lucky to see half of them off. One of the first bargain hunters happily scooped up the entire box. She couldn’t believe her luck.

* Many waiting rooms (doctor, lawyer, accountant and banking offices) and staff lunchrooms accept donated reading materials.

* Consider hospitals – their patients have to do something healthier than staring at a TV.

* A Local Literacy program.

* Coffee shops are another great place to try.

* Shelters for the poor or disadvantaged, Women’s shelters and missions are other places to consider for your donations. There are a number of less-privileged areas (i.e. Africa) that are hungry for our used school and university books in particular. In keeping with this topic, using the key words ‘book donation’ in a search engine turns up pages of places to donate to.