Win Free Books for a Year


(Update 8-11-2009: Congratulations to @rotemu, our first place winner! Enjoy your Year of Books!)
(Update 8-12-2009: Congratulations to our 2nd place winners: @whendrinksmix, @gabbytmb, @45thParallelism, @Calig_Kela, @fartsyarts, @TsarLeo, @Nimue23, @kinfolknews, and @ygor!)

The Year of Books contest begins today!  Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @BWBooks on Twitter.
  2. Tweet this (Click here or copy & paste the following into Twitter):

I just entered the @BWBooks “Year of Books” Contest. I can win a year’s supply of books (and more)! ( #bwbcontest

The randomly-selected Winner will receive:

  • Free Books for a Year!tweet4books2
    This will be in the form of one $20 gift certificate code emailed once a month.  You can use this toward anything we sell on the website, including the Bargain Bin (Since the Bin allows you to get 5 books for $15, you could get 80 Bargain Bin books over the course of the year!).
  • Tote Bag
    This is how you carry your plethora of books.  It’s sturdy, structurally sound, and reduces arm-strain.
  • Better World Books T-shirt
    Your choice of our “Please Read Responsibly” or “Well Read” shirts in mens or ladies.  This covers your body while you read your plethora of books, and protects you from drafts of cold air.

2nd through 10th place Winners will receive:

  • One $10 Gift Certificate
  • Tote Bag
  • Better World Books T-shirttweet4books_shirts

Don’t forget to Follow @BWBooks on Twitter once you’ve tweeted the message so that we can Direct Message you and get your info.  Otherwise we’re, um,  contractually obligated to use your prizes ourselves… yeah.

The contest ends Friday, August 7th, at 11:59:59 PM, Pacific Time.

If you have any other questions about the contest, email us at

Here are some answers to questions people have been asking about the Year of Books drawing.

Q: Can I participate if I’m not in the U.S.?
A: Absolutely.  We ship to anywhere in the world.  Just remember that shipping is free in the U.S., and $3.97 per book outside the U.S.  The gift certificates the winner will receive are for $20 each month, so be sure to take that into account when ordering.

Q: Can I tweet more than once?
A: You can tweet the message up to once per day through August 7th.  Since we’re selecting a winner randomly, two tweets gives you better chances than one tweet.  But don’t go over your once-a-day limit, or your friends will throw tomatoes at you.

Q: How can I enter if I don’t use Twitter?
A: Twitterphobia is a common affliction that affects many internet users.  Symptoms include headaches, heavy sighs, shaking your fist in the air, and not knowing when your friends are eating lunch / walking their dogs / watching TV.  A known cure for this malady is to go to and spend 2 minutes creating an account, then referring to the instructions at the top of this blog post.  However, those diagnosed with Terminal Twitterphobia should keep watching for upcoming promotions in the near future! (*Cough-cough*-earlyseptember-*cough*)

Q: How will I know if I win?
A: If you’ve been randomly picked as the winner, we’ll send you a Direct Message via Twitter.  (Make sure you’ve Followed @BWBooks so we can message you.)

Q: Can I buy your sweet T-shirts from the site?
A: Not yet.  But stay tuned, we’re working on that.

Q: I was already following you on Twitter.  I still qualify for this contest, right?
A: Of course!

Q: Do I have to use my info on Twitter so you know who I am?
A: Nope!  We’ll Direct Message the winner via Twitter to get their info.

Q: Can I Tweet whatever I want and still qualify for the drawing?
A: No, you’ll have to post the exact message at the top of this post to be entered into the drawing.


  1. Can people from overseas join too?

  2. I love books! I hope I win!

  3. I am so excited! I love books! I love to read! I am so glad that I have passed this love of books on to my four children. I am an aspiring author as well. My 13 years old is writing a novel as well!

  4. RaonaidLuckwell says:

    Dang that sounds soo sweet

  5. This is awesome! Could I get a better gift, a “Languages” student??!

  6. Great Contest

  7. A year of free books. We love books.

  8. Kyrstin D. says:

    Love you guys! I buy some of my textbooks from you guys! This means I could spend on me! :) Keeping my fingers crossed!

  9. Good luck!

  10. Theresa Smith says:

    I tweeted too! What an opportunity…the chance to win so many books – thanks! Thrilled to know about Better World Books.

  11. John Wickenden says:

    Thanks for a great competition and a great service. It has got even better here in the UK, books come even quicker than before!

  12. Hey thanks guys for the oportunity! I’ve got my fingers crossed, I love books!This competition is great!

  13. Christine says:

    Is this open to non US residents as well? *hopes*

  14. Stewart Sweeney says:

    Yes send them down-under to ME in Adelaide. The City of Festivals, Ideas and Books!

  15. Michelle Draveski says:

    big big readers here and a new baby who needs to start her own collection

  16. Vijay Sharan says:

    I just entered the @BWBooks “Year of Books” Contest. I can win a year’s supply of books (and more)! ( #bwbcontest

  17. kylinthinker says:

    how to know I get it

  18. brentboy south africa says:

    Although the offer of 80 books is very attractive, I will not involve myself in inane, ephemeral trendiness such as twittering. I do not twitter,tweet,chirrup,cheep,croak,whistle or squeak.I yell. So I will give this a miss. Pity. We need the books in Africa. How about creating a REAL competition,in which some real skill is required to win???

  19. This is a great prize! Thanks for offering me the chance to win it.

  20. Ruth Utterback says:

    I love to read abnd this would be an awesome win, thanks for the chance to win

  21. Can I enter the contest if I don’t ‘tweet’. I only use Facebook…

  22. Thanks so much for being such a wonderful book store. You have just about every book that I want to get!

  23. I love your company and this would be great to win but I’m too old for this Twitter stuff. I spend time reading the books I buy from you not on the phone or computer “tweeting”.

  24. You might have more success attracting new customers (and followers) by letting people tweet custom messages that include your name, link, and hashtag. E.g. “I love ordering my books from @BWBooks! Check out their contest to win a year of free books at http://… #bwbcontest” etc.

  25. Robert_Zupperoli says:

    I love this company, the service and the work beyond selling books is great. The selection of the books offered here is better than any service (discount or otherwise) I have used.

  26. 80 bargain bin books over the year?! Why, that’ll be reading material for six months!

  27. I like to read. Not a twit.

  28. – Am spreading the word! Literally.
    Thanks for the comp guys!

  29. I tweeted again – rambling69

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  31. I tweeted: rambling69

  32. I just entered the @BWBooks “Year of Books” Contest. I can win a year’s supply of books (and more)! ( #bwbcontest

  33. Rita Sheppard says:

    I love books!

  34. When one is a lover of books, a contest doesn’t get much better than this! I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted your giveaway ~!
    Many thanks…..Cindi

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  36. I’ve tweeted and blogged about the competition. Sounds great.

  37. Tweeted again…rambling69

  38. hopeful read alot.never won anything!!

  39. super fun..i tweeted… drratcherson

  40. S Whittington says:

    Great idea hope you raise awesome amounts for this well known charity.
    I am following am tweeting and blogging hope you exceed the amount!

  41. Follow on Twitter and tweeted

  42. Awesome Contest! Thanks :)

  43. If I win this the only thing I would need to fulfill life dream is getting locked in the county library for the weekend.. Just me, Quiet, and Books.. sounds heavenly!!!
    Ok.. maybe some Doves Chocolate, and Hot Tea! to go with the books

  44. My girls will be on cloud nine when their Mamma wins this!!!! : )
    Good Luck to all

  45. What a great win this would be!

  46. Alright then. I entered. =] Hope I win.

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