Depending on your definition of “easy,” this could be your ticket to drastically reducing your book expenses. It does take some work, but here’s what I did:
#1 Start a blog and write on it consistently
I’ve been blogging in one form or another for over 8 years now. I’ve been blogging about theological topics and related interests ever since I went to Word of Life, but most intently in the last 4 years or so (coinciding with my start at Dallas Seminary). After writing consistently about theology, biblical studies, and practical living for about 2 years, I moved to step #2.
#2 Start reviewing books here and there on your blog
#3 Start asking publishers for books to review
I started by enrolling in Crossway‘s book reviewer program. Later I would jump in with Zondervan and Kregel when they offered blog tours. I also got involved with New Growth Press and got added to their list of reviewers.
Then, following Nick’s advice, I:
- Contacted some publishers via email.
- Shared a little information about (a) myself (b) my blog, (c) my audience.
- Listed the books I was interested in reviewing.
- Prayed/Hoped for the best.
So there you have it. You may not have to wait as long as I did to start requesting reviews, but you do need to establish your blog and have a certain level of hits each month before you can legitimately ask for free books.
The other thing is that you need to do a good job of reviewing the books. I may follow this up with a post on how to effectively review a book (which I should know since I took a class on it in seminary). But for now, if you’d like to be getting free theological books to read, this was how I did it, and you my friend, can too.
Keep your eyes peeled for a post next week on “how to write a good book review.”