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.
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!