A number of blogs and publishers are celebrating "We Love Reading" week. I've done a number of posts about where to find free e-books for your Kindle, Nook, and Sony e-readers. But what if you want the actual hard copy? There are a couple of options I've found to win free "real" books.
1. Your favorite authors. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Go to their websites and sign up for their email list. If they also have a blog, follow that also. They frequently will give away copies of their books, both past and present. They also will hold giveaways for signed bookplates, bookmarks, and other swag that ties in with their books.
2. The publishers. For example, Simon and Schuster, Penguin, Putnam. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Join their email lists. Publishers will hold giveaways highlighting new authors or new releases. The giveaways are spread pretty evenly over Facebook, Twitter, and email so it will benefit you to cover all three mediums.
These are two of the ways I've found for "real" books. If you've found others, please share!!!