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Announcing Better Reading Preview: An exclusive chance to read and review free books before anyone else

June 12, 2018

Better Reading Preview: An exclusive chance to read and review free books before anyone else

We invite our trusted community to engage directly with the nation-wide conversation about books by registering for Preview, our new crowd-sourced book review platform. Due to the insight and perceptiveness of our readers, we are launching a platform that allows your voice to be heard.

How do I express interest in reviewing a book?

Like us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter (if you haven’t already!) to hear about the next Preview campaign.

When a campaign is launched, the first 50 people to successfully express interest in becoming a Preview reviewer, by filling in the registration form, will be selected to receive and review a free advance copy of the specified book. Usually these advance copies are printed three to four months before they hit bookshops, making Preview a great way to find out about upcoming titles before anyone else.

But be warned – there are only limited copies of each Preview book available for review, so you need to register your interest immediately.

When you register you are expressing interest for the following:

A free advance copy of the specified book sent to your postal address, in exchange for a brief review of the book that may be used for promotional purposes by Better Reading and the relevant publisher.

Important details:

– We need all your details, including your email address and postal address, for your expression of interest to be successful.

– Preview is currently only open to Australia-based readers.

– A successful registration to review a Preview book is for that single title, only. With every new Preview book announced, you will need to express interest again.

– When announced, Preview expressions of interest are open for one week, OR until all reviewing spots have been filled.

– Better Reading and the relevant publisher will never share the details provided by Preview reviewers for any purposes beyond the relevant Preview campaign.

– Preview demand is very high, and there are only limited spots available for each title. To keep things fair, if you fail to provide a review for a Preview title on two occasions, you will unfortunately not be selected for future Preview titles.

What happens after I express interest?

If you have been successful, you will receive a confirmation email shortly afterwards from Better Reading. This will contain a review deadline and a link through which to submit your review. It will also contain other details on the reviewing process.

About your Preview review:

– Preview reviews may feature on the Better Reading website and the Better Reading Facebook page. The relevant publisher may also use the reviews for promotion. When reviews are used for promotional purposes, each reviewer will only be identified by their first name and Australian state. Reviews may be edited slightly, just for the purposes of brevity and clarity.

– Social media posts about Preview may be shared by Better Reading on its social media channels and/ or website.

– All Preview reviews must be no longer than 200 words and must be received by the deadline specified in your confirmation email. You will generally have four weeks to submit your review, from the time you receive your book.

– We want you to have fun with Preview – post photos of your book on Instagram or Facebook when you receive it, and when you’ve read it, share your thoughts using the hashtag #BRPreview. Be sure to tag Better Reading in your posts – we love to hear from our readers! And if you have a Goodreads account, we encourage you to share your reviews there too.


  1. Dayna Willesee

    Oooooh This sounds like the sort of read I devour. Love a book that dissects the intricacies of human behaviour and relationships. It sounds very intriguing and gripping!

  2. Susan Davidson

    I would absolutely love to review these books! I’m the ultimate book seeker in all aspect’s of novelist.
    I yern for the next read and live to review books I read and what better way that to live what I love then on a professional basis.

  3. Donna Robinson

    Would be fantastic to read and review this book and others but seems I can’t register as it says ‘Sorry. This form is no longer accepting new submissions’.

    Only received the email a little while ago! Hmmm!

  4. Mary Anagnos

    Would definitely love to read this book.

  5. Kylie

    Would love the opportunity to read and review for our book community. It’s great to get your hands on a book from a genre that you wouldn’t normally pick up, fantastic way to introduce new authors!

  6. Sally Donovan

    I would love the opportunity to preview and read books and share them with my family, friends, co-workers and bookclub x

  7. Loraine Parry

    Would love to be a part of this terrific group of like-minded readers, to be able to read and voice an opinion in order to entice new readers. A terrific incentive. I have been involved prior, but only as an individual.
    Hope this is of assistance, unfortunately I don’t have any forms of social media.

  8. Sarah Langman

    Yes please 😍

  9. Maryanne Podham

    Yes Please, I love historical based literature

  10. Jodi Corbett

    Oh yes please I would love to preview this novel

  11. Jenny King

    I am in

  12. Nicole Roslon

    Love the opportunity to read and review a new book!

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