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Get Paid for Reading and Writing Book Reviews

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Read and Get Paid

Read and Get Paid

Opportunities when you read

Do you love reading or are you someone who finds reading an enjoyable experience? Did you know that you can also earn while doing this kind of hobby?


Reading is an amazing hobby that has a lot of benefits on our well-being. It improves imagination and creativity as you embark on different times and places. You learn many things as you continue to read such as learning new skills and information. This also reduces stress and can help you sleep better. Aside from all these, Did you know that there are job opportunities for you by simply continuing your reading hobby? Yes! you can earn money for reading or narrating books and or writing book reviews.

This kind of side hustle not an online get-rich-quick scheme but is best for people who have spare time and loves to read. For someone who has patience in reading and willing to write honest reviews or if you are someone who is looking for ways to earn money anywhere, you are in the world. It is also good for students who would like to earn on their extra time.

I researched and compiled websites that you can take advantage of as a reader, so without further ado.

Get paid as a narrator

If you are confident to read aloud and record yourself, the sites below are best for you. The following sites are looking and hiring people to read aloud and use it for audiobooks. As you know, people like people, so an audiobook with a real person as a narrator is so much better than an AI. Besides, hearing humans read is more relatable.


  • ACX Audiobook Creation Exchange, affiliate to Amazon, it is an online platform that connects writers, literary agencies, publishers, and other rights holders with narrators, engineers, recording studios, and other audiobook producers. As a narrator, you will have to audition for the book you are interested to work on. To get started, you will have to create an account on their website, where you can upload samples of your voice. There are two options for you to get paid on ACX. You can get to choose if you prefer a per-finished-hour rate, or choose to share 50% of royalties. Although the site does not disclose how much is the hourly rate but if it is something that interests you check their website to know more.
  • Brilliance Audio Is part of Amazon Publishing and aims to give incredible voices to stories that authors have written. To set your proper expectations, you will also have to audition for the position. So if it something that you would like to
    pursue, it is advisable to practice reading aloud to improve diction and clarity to each word you will say. Learn more of how you can apply for the position.
  • Audio Bunny The company started in 2012 and was formerly known as Voice Bunny. Audio Bunny connects businesses that need voice actors and freelancers of the same niche. Audio Bunny is using a rate per word count system. You get to choose and set a rate for your service. Aside from voice actors/actresses, the site also offers writing, translation, and audio ad. You can visit and see more details of how it works.
  • The Voices Offers a wide range of voice/audio projects including advertising, entertainment, and gaming, as well as training, corporate content, and industrial applications. So aside from an opportunity to use your golden voice for audiobooks, you can also audition to other areas that require voice talents. Check it for more information.


So as you have learned that you can earn from narrating, you can also get paid to write a book review for books you read.

reading as a hobby

reading as a hobby

Get paid for a book review

Are you passionate about reading and making book recommendations? If yes, then the following sites best suit you. As a book reviewer, you should be able to provide an insightful and comprehensive review that can provide substance to the book.


  • Readsy Discovery Founded in 2014, Readsy is an online website connecting authors, publishers, and readers. The site gives you an opportunity to access books that are yet to publish while earning on the side. You will have to sign up and complete your profile to apply as a book reviewer. The reward for your review efforts depends on a tip basis. You can earn from $1 to $5 for sharing your insights. Know more about this when you visit their website.
  • Online Books Club Is a free online community for book lovers. You will have access to free books available on site and by writing book reviews on this site, you will earn money ranging from $5 to $60 per review. Get to experience of how it works when you visit their site and sign up.
  • Writerful Books Is an author service based in Australia that provides a wide range of assistance to help authors publish their books. As a book reviewer, Writerful is looking for someone who is interested in reading a variety of genres; such as contemporary fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, realistic fiction, speculative fiction, narrative non-fiction, and memoirs. They offer the job and pay $10 to $50 per review. If you think that you are a perfect fit, join and try it.
  • Booklist Publication Published by American Library Association and been in the industry for more than 100 years. Booklist Publications is a book review magazine that provides reliable reviews to help libraries, patrons and students to decide what to buy and read. It is encouraged to read through the publication. For each review, you will earn $15. As a new review, you will undergo training which an editor will reach out to you regularly to give guidance. See more details online.


Who says you can't be paid for doing what you are passionate about? Although most of these can not be an alternative to your full-time job if you are working, but this can help you as a passive income. This is also beneficial for students or anyone who is interested to do the job.



I hope that this has been helpful. If you have concerns or questions just let me know.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Aisha Badajos

Comments

Aisha Badajos (author) from Philippines on July 05, 2021:

Thanks Misbah. I am glad that you enjoyed the article and find it informative. I've never written book reviews before for any of these sites but I recently tried signing up and got accepted so maybe I give a try sometime.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 04, 2021:

Aisha, This is quite helpful, interesting, and educational article. I've never written a book review before, but this is a very nice idea to earn by writing reviews. Thank you for sharing this information with us. Which one do you think is more reliable and promising?

Blessings to you!

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