Here’s How a Bookstagram Can Get You Free Books

This side by side photo shows a photo of Megan Putnam with a book in hand and one of the books she's ready from her Instagram. She is a bookstagrammer.

Megan Putnam has been a bookstagrammer for 10 years. “I began bookstagram throughout a time in my life after I desperately wanted a inventive outlet,” she stated. “I used to be a keep at residence mother with two small youngsters, an avid reader and was typically at residence.” Photo courtesy of Megan Putnam

When Whitney Richardson’s library closed as a result of pandemic, she was at a loss. She missed her provide of free books and ebook suggestions.

“I checked out my husband and stated, ‘What do I learn now?’“ stated Richardson, a speech therapist from Evansville, Ill. “My librarian and I've a superb relationship. She normally prompt books for me.”

She began looking out on-line for ebook suggestions, and that’s how she found the bookstagram group.

Bookstagrammers — individuals who put up opinions and images of books on Instagram — say their pastime offers a inventive outlet and connects them with different readers.

It additionally will get them free books.

Richardson was impressed, so she began her personal Instagram account (@whitfulreads).  Two months later, she’s already acquired greater than 30 books from publishers.

Megan Putnam has been a bookstagrammer for for much longer — virtually 10 years. The mom of two and psychological well being counselor began her bookstagram as a result of she wished a inventive outlet. Her Instagram account (@_popreads_) now has greater than 5,000 followers.

“I began bookstagram throughout a time in my life after I desperately wanted a inventive outlet,” she stated. “I used to be a keep at residence mother with two small youngsters, an avid reader and was typically at residence.”

We requested Richardson and Putnam to share their greatest suggestions and recommendation for aspiring bookstagrammers. Here’s what they advised us.

Make Your Reviews Stand Out

While many bookstagrammers put up the overview that the writer or writer has supplied on Amazon, Richardson writes her personal.

“I believe that form of units me aside,” she stated. That additionally helped her develop her viewers.

“I posted my opinions and was actually trustworthy and uncooked about them,” Richardson stated. “When I first began I had about 100 followers, and in a matter of two months that was as much as round 1,100 followers.”

Richardson additionally stated she solely writes opinions for books she actually likes: “If I don’t prefer it loads, I’ll use the overview from Amazon or Goodreads.”

Connect with Publishers and Authors

Richardson has gotten on lists of publishers like HarperCollins, each by actively reaching out to them and by making her contact data accessible on her Instagram account.

“I’ve had fairly a couple of up-and-coming publishers contact me simply by Instagram and ask, ‘If I despatched you this ebook, would you be prepared to learn it and share your overview?’” Richardson stated. “I stated, ‘Absolutely, ship it my approach.’ I at all times need to find out about new authors on the market.”

Putnam additionally talked about bookstagram tour teams as a technique to get free books whereas additionally supporting authors and publishers. Bookstagram excursions are organized by publishers and authors, who ship free advance copies of books to bookstagrammers. In return, the bookstagrammers are anticipated to put up concerning the ebook on agreed-upon days. The finish objective is to generate as a lot pleasure and curiosity within the ebook as attainable.

And at all times make certain to tag the authors and publishers in your posts.

“I normally attempt to tag authors and publishers in my posts to make connections,” she stated. “I additionally obtain direct messages and e-mails from publishers and authors about reviewing or selling their books.”

In addition to tagging the writer and writer, bookstagrammers use hashtags like #booksofinstagram and #bookbloggers to get their overview in entrance of different bookstagrammers, and so they’ll additionally choose hashtags concentrating on area of interest teams which may have an curiosity within the ebook.

You also can comply with authors on Instagram and attain out on to them.

Engage With Other Bookstagrammers

Bookstagrammers typically do giveaways, so partaking with them is a technique to get extra free books.  Make certain to comply with them and go away feedback and likes on their posts, and so they might do the identical for you.

You can discover bookstagrammers by following a few of these hashtags:

#books #ebook #bookmail #booksharks #bookish #booknerd #bookworm #bookworms #booksofinstagram #Bibliophile #bibliophile #biblio #studying #booknerd #learn #readersofinstagram #booklover #bookbloggers #bookblog #bookbloggersofinstagram  #bookphotography #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #booklife #furrentlyreading #studying

Take Good Photos of Your Books

Instagram is a visible platform, so to face out, you’ll need to guarantee your images are on level. These suggestions can assist:

Accent your images with vegetation, a cup of scorching espresso, material, lace, candles, pinecones, and so on.
Keep your images contemporary. It’s good to have your personal type, however don’t at all times use the identical location or accents.
Give your ebook a background. Set the ebook on prime of items of wallpaper or on scrapbooking paper that appears like hardwood flooring or clouds.
Make certain your images are nicely lit with pure gentle or lamps.
Take your books exterior for a photograph shoot.

Remember: Your objective is to make your followers image themselves studying that ebook.

Most Importantly: Have Fun

Putnam reads extensively throughout a number of genres like mysteries and science fiction, however she avoids genres she doesn’t like, equivalent to romance or horror.

“I wouldn’t say that I make myself learn genres that I don’t like,” she stated. “Bookstagram is a pastime for me so it needs to be enjoyable and pleasurable.”

Regardless of your style of alternative, Putnam stated she recommends ebook lovers look into bookstagramming.

“If you like to learn and need to speak books with different ebook lovers, join Instagram, comply with different bookish accounts, acquire inspiration in your personal images and create,” Putnam stated.

“Don’t let it develop into a chore. It’s about studying the gorgeous books we love and sharing them with others.”

Katherine Snow Smith is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.

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