A Guide To ARCs | #3 Digital Review Copies (aka, where to get free books + alternatives to Netgalley & Edelweiss)

In the first two parts of this series, we talked about how to get physical copies of ARCs (or Advance Reader Copies) and where you can request them. But for smaller bloggers and internationals it can be much easier to get digital copies, also known as eARCs. There are a lot of opportunities to get access to digital review copies, and the most well-known of these options are Netgalley and Edelweiss. I’m not doing a full guide on how to use either, because I think there are plenty out there, but if you want me to do a guide on either or both, please let me know!

The goal of requesting eARCs is to write a review, and post it on retailers’ websites, goodreads, your blog, but that’s up to you. But please, if you have requested a book, try to put in the time to review it!


Edelweiss & Netgalley

These are together the most well-known places for eARCs. Edelweiss and Netgalley both have a wonderful stock of eARCs for you to request. Personally, I like Netgalley best because I am for some reason pretty much always rejected on Edelweiss. I honestly do not know why and that annoys me. Edelweiss definitely has a little getting used to and their interface is a bit difficult to understand, especially at first.

Netgalley is much easier, especially as a beginner. Back when I was only starting out, I was already accepted to requests so definitely don’t be afraid of going on Netgalley! There are also a lot of “read now” ARCs that you can download and review without needing to be accepted. There are some really good books on there too!

Blog Tours & Street Teams

I have no experience doing ARC tours or blog tours, but I am currently on two street teams and I love it! A street team is organized often by the author themselves and when you are part of a street team, you get early access to excerpts and sometimes to a digital ARC, there are often challenges, giveaways and more. The goal of these street teams is to get people excited about the release of a book!

A blog tour (or ARC tour) is different in the way that there’s not really a community. When you sign up for a blog tour, you usually get access to a digital ARC (depending on which tour you sign up for), or excerpts etc. The goal is that you post about your blog about this, depending on the type of tour, this can be an excerpt, a review, an interview with the author and more. There are also Blitz tours and cover reveal tours.

Street teams are often organized by the author so it might come in handy to follow some authors on social media or keep your eye out on author’s websites. For blog tours, you can check out some of these websites: Xpresso Book Tours, Lola Blog Tours, YA Bound Book Tours, Enchanted Book Promotions, Bewitching Book Tours, Goddess Fish Promotions, Sages Book Tours, Rock Star Book Tours.


Alternative Options

There are plenty of websites other than Netgalley and Edelweiss out there, but these are a lot less well-known! A lot of websites offer free ebooks in exchange for reviews, most of these are not well-known books or self-published books, but that doesn’t mean they’re not really good! A couple of websites you might want to check out:

  • Blogging for Books – This is a program from Crown Publishing which is part of Penguin Random House. They also send out physical ARCs to US reviewers, but for the rest of the world, ecopies are available.
  • Booktasters – The lovely people of Booktasters constantly tweet out new review copies you can request on their website.
  • Reading Alley
  • Story Cartel
  • Review Requests – this means that the author approaches you for a review, you can check out my post about this here.

Options that do not require you to review

Writing a review is of course always good for authors, but if you for some reason don’t want to do that, there are other options (options that you should check out nonetheless).

  • Diverse Book Bridge – Diverse Book Bridge relies on donations of books and gives these books out to marginalized teens. Their website is still under construction, but for now, you can check out their twitter.
  • My Book Cave – This is a service that sends out emails with free books you can read!
  • Riveted – Riveted is from Simon and Schuster and they have some really good (and also popular books) you can read for free on their website for a limited time. I highly recommend checking out their website!
  • eReaderIQ – This is actually not like anything else on this list but this website gives you a notification if one a book on your wish list on Amazon is lowered in price, it is definitely worth checking out!


Do you review eARCs? Have you tried any of the sites/services above? Any recommendations or things I’ve skipped? Should I write a guide to Edelweiss and Netgalley?

35 thoughts on “A Guide To ARCs | #3 Digital Review Copies (aka, where to get free books + alternatives to Netgalley & Edelweiss)

  1. I’ve just joined my first street team, I was invited to it and I feel kind of special :-). I do blog tours too although not many because they work with (short) deadlines too and I like to keep it pressure free :-). I’m going to check out a few other options though, like Booktasters, not heard of it but sounds interesting! Thank you for posting this, it’s very useful!

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    1. I love street teams and a month ago I didn’t even know they existed! I’ve never tried blog tours, but I understand it can be a bit pressuring! You’re welcome!

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  2. All of my digital ARCs have either come from Netgalley or authors’ review requests. I have gotten to read some great books from Netgalley and I love it, but the review requests from authors are often a bit more iffy- I usually end up finding those books to be mediocre. I have not tried any of the other sites but I may do so in the future. What a great post!💗

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    1. Those are good ways of getting ARCs! I’ve read a couple of ARCs for review requests too and sometimes they’re great but sometimes not. It’s a gamble haha

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    1. Netgalley is definitely one of the better options out there. Edelweiss is impossible (or at least, it seems impossible for me)


    1. Thanks! I’ve made an account on Blogging for Books once, but I’ve not yet found a book I’m really interested in so maybe I’ll use it in the future!

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  3. I’m quite happy with Net Galley so far. Edelweiss doesn’t seem to be a favourite with anyone really. Think I’ll stay away from there for now. I really enjoy blog tours and have joined up with a couple that you mentioned. This series you’re doing is incredibly well planned out and executed. Thanks so must for taking the time to prepare and share.

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    1. Netgalley is great! Edelweiss is a lot harder to get accepted, but beside that it’s quite good. I think.
      Hahahaha don’t think I’m planned out, I didn’t plan this post out at all 😛

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  4. Love this post! I’m on my first ever street team now and it’s delightful. Also – SO GOOD to see alternatives to Netgalley and Edelweiss! I’m US-based, but loads of my readers and the blogs I follow and adore are international, and this is great information. ❤️

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    1. Thank you! I’m on my first two street teams now and I’m loving it too! The alternatives are pretty great but I mainly use Netgalley now. I think I have a pretty decent number of ARCs from there I want to read that I can keep up with.

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  5. This was really great Lia! I haven’t heard of most of these websites but I think thats because the books to request there are not ones I’d be interested in reading/reviewing. I dont like Edelweiss and never get accepted for anything (Well the 3 books I DID request) but Netgalley is my favourite and DIV BOOK BRIDGE GAVE ME A SIGNED COPY OF THE CITY OF BRASS and ahhh *screams*

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    1. Thanks!! A lot of these websites are unknown and I don’t use a lot of them either. It just depends on what you like to read! Edelweiss is impossible!! I don’t get it. Netgalley is the best and Diverse Book Bridge is amazing!! Especially since they focus on diverse teens!


  6. This is a great post, Lia, thank you so much for sharing all of these great tips! 🙂 I both use NetGalley and Edelweiss, even if I haven’t quite figured out what the trick is to get approved on the latter, haha 🙂 The street teams thing sound like A LOT of fun! 😀

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  7. I love these posts of yours! They’re always thorough and informative. I’m not an eARC/ARC reader right now, but if I ever change my mind, I’m definitely going to use this series as a guide!

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  8. I do receive e-arcs. I used to request physical and e-arcs more than I do now. Now, I’m kind of working on reading for my university course and reading books of choice when I can. I do accept some review copies but now that I am more selective I try and wait on those I get my way instead of signing up for them.

    BUT that said, Edelweiss gets to me sometimes. As do Xpresso Book Tours. I actually discovered one of my all time favourite authors through an Xpresso Book Tour!

    My recent post: http://oliviascatastrophe.com/2017/12/18-goals-for-2018/

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