Unlike Blogging for Books, First to Read’s titles are always pre-release copies. Also unlike Crown’s program the books are always ebooks.
The mechanics for Penguin’s program is point based. Sure, you can request things without using your points but I have not yet gotten a title that way. To make sure you have access to a title you can use points that you earn for various things including: sharing excerpts of different books, logging in every day, and reviewing a book. Each title is given a specific point value.
- Log in every day. You earn 5 points daily.
- Share excepts on Facebook and Twitter. It’s the easiest way to earn points before you get your first review book.
- Forget to review the books you get, especially if you used points to get it. Don’t waste them.