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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Book Blogging on Budget : How to Blog Without Digging Your Pocket

As we all know, we book bloggers are in constant need of books supply. This, especially for newbie bloggers can be a problem because you may not receive books for review yet either by publishers or authors. Sometimes you have to buy books, whether you like it or not. Still, there are so many books out there that may interest you while in fact your budget for books is limited. Is there any way to get many books to read (and review) without spending a lot of fortune?

Well, actually there is! In fact, there are several ways that may help you. Here they are:

Use the library
I know, this is the most common way to get books without spending money. Yes, there's still the drawback of it because you cannot fully own the book. However, most library have a good and various supply of books and if you are lucky, you can get the newest ones from there. Make sure to take advantage of your favorite library, you never know what you will find.

Join a book swap community
If you are active in socializing, you may find this community. People usually tell what books there are looking for or ones they're willing to swap. You may need to pay for shipping if your book swapping partner is outside your area, but the shipping price is (usually) a fraction compared to buying new books.

Take advantage on pre-order
Some online bookstores, Amazon for example has this feature. If you want a book that is not released yet, this is the best way to get them. Pre-order usually cheaper, thus saves you some money. 

Of course, there is NetGalley
If you don't know about the site yet then you should check it out. It's a huge center for ARc's. You send request on books that interest you, you get them for free in return on giving an honest review. I personally love this site (even though I rarely send review request there), it's user friendly, there are many tittles to choose from, it's definitely a heaven for book lovers.

The last but not least...
The books don't have to be newly released. The point of being a book blogger is to help your readers find good books, no matter what date they're published. So, don't hesitate to start reviewing books you already have, borrow one from your friends or even buy some on sale from your favorite book stores.

Now, bookworms, what is your favorite tip on getting good deal or even free books to keep yourself contented?

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What I've Learned After Three Years of Blogging 

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