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Make Money Reading Books; Yes It’s Real!

Ah, the feeling of becoming immersed in a good book. This is a relaxing past time for many of us. But did you know it can also be a great way to bring in extra income?

If you love to read, there are several sites that will pay you money to review their books. This article will give you more information on this money-making opportunity.

Any Subject Books

This is a site that pays readers for book reviews. To start working with them, sign up on the site as a reviewer.  They will send you books to review. Once you are done reading the book, fill out their review form to submit your opinions. 

Any Subject requires deeply analytic reviews so be prepared to get as much information as possible when reading. Also, they aren’t always accepting reviewers so continue checking in so you can find out if the time is right. 

Kirkus Media

Kirkus is another book review site. To be considered as a reviewer, you will need to submit a resume and writing samples. If they accept you as a reviewer, you will be paid to submit 350 words reviews of the books they send you to read. Kirkus also occasionally hires copy editors and editors.

Online Book Club:

Online Book Club will pay you between $5 and $60 for a book review depending on the length of the book. In order to be considered, you must do your first book review for free. If they are happy with your work, they will hire you as a reviewer.

Publishers Weekly:

Although Publishers Weekly is predominantly a magazine that specializes in book publishing, they do occasionally run ads to hire copy editors, editors and book reviewers. To be considered for a book reviewing position, you must send them a resume as well as a 200 word book review sample.

The U.S. Review of Books:

If you are hired as a reviewer by the U.S. Review of Books, you must check in regularly to see the books they have posted on their web site for review. If you see a book that interests you, you must submit a request to be the book’s reviewer. If the request is accepted, you will be required to turn in a 250-300 word review. Reviewers are paid on a monthly basis for all the reviews they completed that month.

Women’s Review of Books:

This is a company that based out of the Wellesley Centers for Women in Wellesley College in collaboration with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia, PA. They specialize in books that are written by and about women. 

The Women’s Review has high standards for their writers as they are looking for thought provoking reviews. To be considered for a reviewing position, you must submit a resume, a cover letter and samples of published reviews.


Upwork is a site for freelancers looking for work. Browse their listings for book reviewing positions you can apply to. 

Free Books in Exchange for Reviews

Whiles some sites pay readers for their reviews in cash, others pay them in books. Reviewers are sent the books they are being asked to review and, in exchange for their opinion, they are allowed to keep the books free of charge. Here are some sites that offer these services: 

Note: These websites all have different requirements regarding the reviewers they accept. Some also have a limited number of books they can give out and others offer books in digital format only. It is a good idea to research each site to find out more about how they operate before signing up. 

If you love to read, and write, then these sites provide a great opportunity for you to make money while doing something you love. Imagine taking time to relax with a good book, while getting paid for your downtime.