Reading makes me happy. Like most busy mamas, I don’t get much time to indulge in this pastime, because of the many things I have to attend. I have to earn money to help pay for necessities such as the utility bills and groceries and, of course, books.
But what if reading was my job? sounds like dream for book lovers, but recently I have learned that there are some ways to make money by reading, especially if you can write. Yes, none of these side hustle will make you money rich, but some of them could be worthwhile as a book lover’s side hustle. At the very least, you get freebies such as free books.
Score a cash by BOOK REVIEWS
Like those sites that pay you to review movies, there are also many companies and websites that will pay you to write book reviews. So, whether it’s romance, crime or non-fiction, you could actually, in essence, get paid to review the books you read. One legit site is Online Books Club.
If you love to read books and enjoy discovering new authors? becoming a reviewer for the Online Book Club will take you there. This website gives readers free books and payments in exchange for book reviews.
The website is designed to help authors to promote their books, through honest reviews.
They pay between $5 and $60, depending on the experience of the reviewer and the book under review.
As a new member of the Online Book Club, you probably won’t get paid for your first few reviews. Instead, you’ll receive books for free. After the site checks some of your previous work, you’ll get paid review opportunities.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Think of selecting one of the millions of books from Amazon, writing either a negative or positive review about it on your blog, and putting an affiliate link going to Amazon. Every time a person clicks on that link and shops around Amazon (even if he/she didn’t end up buying the book you recommended), you’d still earn a commission from that sale.
3. Earn from Book Summaries
Book Summary companies sell polished summaries of books to those who want the short version. Many of these same companies pay freelancers to read, as well as freelance writers to write the summaries. How to find this gig? A trusted friend recommended me at freelance writing jobs through my Freelance Writing Jobs Lists. You can check that out!
4. Get freebies from reading books
If you are one of those people who really hunt for books to read and actually buy e-books regularly, you’ll be happy to learn that plenty of websites will give you copies of books free in exchange for your review. It is hard to find companies or websites that pay you money, but you can be sure of you will never run out of books to read. One example is New Pages where you can earn free books and literature magazines by writing reviews for NewPages. The website wants opinionated, dynamic, and honest reviews that are accessible to a wide audience. You can include short quotes in the review too, what you need to do is send the site a sample book review and they’ll check it out.
Then, if the site enjoys your writing sample, they’ll send you books. The better your reviews, the more free books you’ll get. The website accepts reviews on all book genres and topics – but prefers indie titles.
5. Get paid for reading Emails
If you enjoy reading, there are a lot of options available for you to get paid online and not just reading books but also emails. You heard it right! There are companies willing to pay you just to have their emails read. There is no need to worry as this is actually a legitimate way to make money. One example is Inbox Dollars. This site pays you cash rather than points or gift cards.
You get paid to read emails:
- you earn $1.00 for downloading the toolbar
- up to a maximum of $0.05 cents per day for searching the web.
- you earn up to 6 cents per short video.
- you earn between $0.50 – $10.00 for sharing your opinion on daily surveys.
Minimum cash out is $30, and payment is issued through check. You must be 18 years and above, and they accept members worldwide.