How To Get Free Books



I notice that I have a lot of bloggers and readers who run book club reviews here on the site. Some of you doubtless already know about this, but if you read on Kindle or any e-reader, and genuinely review books or spread the word about them via book clubs, you need to sign up with NetGalley.

Basically, by signing up with them you promise to read/ review a book, and after approving your status they’ll send books free of charge directly to your e-reader. Because I can review books for various publications or give recommendations on my site, I can get publishers to send new hardbacks in electronic form. It’s a brilliant, easy system that first started in the USA and works here.

6 comments on “How To Get Free Books”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    Have to say that I bought my B&M Bleeding Heart today at Waterstones Grenwich. Somehow that seemed the appropriate place. Lovely day and we were ahead of the biggest rush of tourists. At least the Cutty Sark was available this time around.

  2. Terenzio says:

    Waterstones (the old Simpsons Men’s Store) on Piccadilly is still one of the best bookshops in London along with. Hatchards down the street and Daunts on Marylebone High Street. London is such a wonderful city. If you are interested in an interactive mystery try They are about a 5 minute walk south of Kings Cross. Enjoy your visit.

    À bientôt….the one in the gorgeous dressing gown and lovely velvet slippers. I shall retire to the boudior with a cup of hot cocoa and dip into something light and entertaining.

  3. Vivienne says:

    Was walking past Daunt’s in maryleb one last summer,having just been to a private art view (not as glamorous as that sounds, but I have a friend who is an artis). Seeing the bookshop open, I naturally wandered in, and could hear a voice from the back room, giving a talk. horror! I realised it was Anne Widdecombe with her new book, so fled.

  4. Diogenes says:

    I went to Waterstones in Picadilly last year with a list of six books I wanted (I was visiting London from Australia and had run out of books).

    They didn’t have a single book I wanted (and really didn’t seem all that surprised their range was so crap). They explained that the UK book business had been hit hard by the economy and they had cut their range dramatically.

    Fortunately I had an ipad so I could download something to read.

  5. Terenzio says:

    I’m surprised you found time to read in London considering there is so much to see and do.

    Between Watersons and Hatchards (which they own) the selection is pretty decent. I usually find at least one or two books to bring home. Plus there are still quite a few used bookstores just around the corner on Charing Cross Road and of course Foyles which is nearby. With eReaders there really isn’t any reason to take physical hooks on holidays anymore. And the additional weight in luggage, even with wheels is still a pain in the ass to lug around. Not to mention airlines are so particular about weight restrictions these days so why take a chance with more unnecessary weight. That is the other thing if you want to buy books while in England. If you bring books from home you might end up taking a library home. I hate to admit it but eReaders do have a useful purpose.

  6. Diogenes says:


    Sadly I’ve had to bite the bullet and use ereaders for holidays and for heavy books. Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is much easier on ebook due to the weight problem.

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