That feeling when you find a meaning book is fantastic. You close the last page and take a deep breath, trying to capture the way it made you feel. Nothing beats it. Or does it? The beautiful thing about books is the sharing, right? When you’ve found that fantastic read, all you want to do is talk to someone about it. When you don’t know anyone who’s read it, the feeling can be frustrating. You have to keep those emotions quiet because you don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. The best way to tackle that frustration is to spread the love. Unless you’re an avid re-reader, there’s no point keeping books you’ve finished. That’s why it makes sense to find a way to pass them on. And, the best part? You can often earn money while you do it! Here are some of the best ways to spread the reading love, and gain while you do it.
GIVE THE BOOK TO A FRIEND
Why not give that book you loved to a friend who would love it too? This option won’t make you money, but it will give you someone to discuss your feelings with! Not to mention that it’s a cost-free gift. If you’re one of these people who doesn’t break the spine, you could wrap the book and give it for a birthday or special event. It may seem strange to pass on a second-hand gift, but your friend won’t mind! In a way, the fact that it’s something that meant so much to you makes the gift more valuable. If you don’t look after your books when reading, it may be best to skip this. Yes, it’s nice to give a gift with meaning. Even so, no one wants a battered book as a present! Avoid, too, giving the book to someone who won’t read it for a long time. The only thing worse than not having anyone to discuss the read with is waiting a long time for them to get around to it!
BOOK REVIEW BLOG
So, now we’re on to options that might make you a little money. Review blogging can be lucrative in any field, and book reviews are no different. This is also the perfect way to find other people who love the book as much as you do! To make your book a success, make sure to do your research. You may already have your niche, but you need to find a way to make your book blog different from the others. The only way you can do that is by learning what’s already out there. It’s also important to comment on other blogs. That way, successful bloggers are more likely to back your blog. Blogging is, after all, about community. The bigger your blog gets, the quicker you can start making money. Including advertisements on your blog means you’ll get money per view. And, that’s not the only lucrative option open to you. If your reviews are concise and popular, publishers may contact you and send you books to review. Though this isn’t the same as making money, consider how much money it could save you. Who needs to buy books when you get them for free? This is also a fantastic way to find reads you love, but wouldn’t have come across otherwise.
If blogging doesn’t suit you, or you find that you can’t write a good review, don’t fear! A new trend emerging, called ‘Booktube’, means you can make videos reviews instead! Again, take a look at the most popular video reviews out there. Consider whether you could make better reviews in video format! The best part is, you don’t need a top quality camera to make this option work. Some people make videos on their laptops or phones. What matters most is the content, not the quality. Start off with a basic camera, and see how well it goes before you pay for something more expensive!
SELL OLD BOOKS
The easiest option is, of course, to sell your old books. Though this option doesn’t give you the chance to rave about the book, it does promise money with little effort. When considering selling, take time to discover your options. Companies like Buyback Express promise to buy straight from you for competitive prices. Or, you could try a site like Ebay, where people can bid on your items. This way, you could either make more money or lose a little. It all depends whether you’re willing to take the risk. You could also opt to sell to a second-hand store. Research stores local to you, and take a look at their rates. Many stores like this offer either cash or credit. It may be worth exchanging your books, instead of selling them. Again, you’ll be saving money on your book buying habit this way! Once you’ve finished with the books you swap, take those back and do it again. This could keep you in books for years!
Exchange shelves are an excellent invention. They work exactly the way they sound. You take books you want and swap them with books you’ve already read. Again, there’s no payout for this option, but again you’ll save money from buying books. This is another fantastic way to find books you may not come across any other way. It’s also another way to share the love. You’ll be able to rest easy that someone else will come across your gem of a book! The only downside with this option is that you won’t be able to pick and choose what you get. Most swap shelves are small and understocked. Sadly, few people use the option. Even so, don’t let this put you off! If more people like you used these shelves, there would be better books. You’ll be the best read swapper out there! If you’re unsure where to find a swap shelf, take to the pages of the internet. There’s sure to be shelves local to you!