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Five Ways Bookworms Can Earn Money Online

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Could you make money via your love of reading?

Could you make money via your love of reading?

Make Money With Reading

Do you consider yourself a bookworm? Are you constantly reading? What if you could make some extra money from your appreciation of literature?

Here are five ways that bookworms can earn money online while doing what they love. Whether you're looking for pocket money or a salary job, you should monetize your love of books!

1. Become a Beta Reader

Authors both new and experienced tend to have a nonprofessional read their book before publishing it. This is known as beta reading. Often you don’t need any skills (other than knowing how to read) to do this job. After you have completed the book you may be asked to write a detailed report where you tell your honest thoughts about the plot and possibly give suggestions. Yes, your opinion is valuable! You can offer your beta reading services on or even reach out to upcoming authors and offer to beta read their book for a reasonable price. Of course the longer the length, the more you would charge. This is unlikely to replace your full-time income but it could be a fun side hustle and who knows, maybe pay a couple of bills.

2. Reviewing Books

You can get paid online to read a book and leave an honest review. This is kind of similar to beta reading when you think about it., for example, will pay $5 to $60 per review. It may not be much but on the bright side, you are getting a free book. You can accept payments through PayPal. As you establish yourself as a reviewer, your earnings will definitely increase. Note that you won’t be getting paid for the first book you review but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue for those that love to read.

3. Proofreading Books

If you not only are a bookworm but have a keen eye for grammar and spelling mistakes then you should consider becoming a proofreader. Proofreading is one of the last steps before an author publishes his/her book. Your job as a proofreader would be to tweak the book to make sure that its grammar is on point and its syntax and diction is fluid. This of course involves a thorough reading of the book which is why book lovers would find the process enjoyable. You can find proofreading jobs on sites like and How much money can one actually earn as a proofreader? There are freelancers that make anywhere from $25 to $50 per hour by proofreading. As you see, it has the potential to replace your 9 to 5 job. Isn’t that amazing?

4. Become an Audiobook Narrator

If you don’t mind reading aloud, you can earn money with audiobooks. As an audiobook narrator, you’ll simply be turning books into audio files. Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) is a marketplace where you can start your audiobook career. is another option where you can also get paid to read books aloud. It does help if you have a background in acting as well as professional recording gear. With these two sites, you will either get paid once after the successful completion of the audiobook or share royalties from sales. The earning potential for this side hustle is quite promising.

5. Start a Blog About Your Reading Journey

Blogging may not be for everyone but you should consider it if you love telling others about books you have read. Having a blog where you write summaries or reviews about the latest books you’ve read is a fun way to make some extra cash. You can monetize your blog with an ad network or earn commissions when you refer individuals to books they can purchase.

Share your passion for reading with others around the world while building another income stream!

As you can see, it is possible to make money online by reading books. Who wouldn’t want to make money doing what they love?

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

— Steve Jobs

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Grace (author) on September 25, 2020:

Yes, you certainly should look into them, Kalpana. I'm glad you found the article helpful. All the best and thanks for stopping by!

Kalpana Iyer from India on September 25, 2020:

I never knew you could make money by reading books! A lot of helpful suggestions. I should look into them.