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 [email protected].

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. Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. crossing fingers!

  3. How can I enter if I don’t twitter?

  4. What a great contest idea! Go Better World Books!

  5. Oh My God! This is so great!

  6. Thanks for the chance

  7. Lovely contest – and such a great company! 🙂

  8. Can we tweet the message more than once for more entries? Or is once the max?

  9. I just entered per instructions, thank-you for offering this, I would love to win books to donate to a charity called project night~night for children in need.

  10. Kate Davis says:


  11. Marcella Wright says:

    crossing fingers!

  12. Christine says:

    those t-shirts are great!

  13. Val Pearson says:

    You rock! Thanks for the contest!

  14. I have told every avid reader I know about Better World Books. What you do is awesome. Thanks for the great contest!

  15. Barbara Pringle says:

    Barbara Pringle-7?29?09 I don’t twitter how do I enter/

  16. Val Western says:

    I was also wondering how to enter if I can’t do Twitter???

  17. Yes, but why are there no links to shwag? What if I want to BUY a BWBooks T-shirt?

  18. Gah! Another contest promoting Twitter spam! No thank you. I’ll be avoiding your site in the future and recommending people do likewise.

  19. got you on tweet

  20. Great!
    Hope I can win and have the books in my country 🙂

  21. I like your sense of humour. I would feel “less nude” with one of your t-shirts on 😉

  22. life would be sweet with a free supply of stimulating literature!

  23. Great idea! I hope brazilian readers can receive the books!

  24. 20 books allowed onmy library ticket, heartbreaks everytime I have to take them back.. boo hoo

  25. great contest. crossing my fingers!

  26. Jessica Quinonez says:

    Let it be me – Thanks for the chance.

  27. Oh my God!!!! i just loove reading!! as soon as i saw this i said to myself “yep just have to enter” i will devour the words in those books i mean i do now with all my books =]

  28. Thank you for the opportunity to win lots of books! Have a wonderful day.

  29. Pick Me!!! Please?!!!!

  30. Good content for a great cause. Thanks, guys.

  31. This is great. I just added to my twitter.

  32. Avid readers paradise. Send me to book heaven!

  33. I was already following BWB. Will my tweets count for the contest? How can you direct message me?

  34. James Clark says:

    I need books. I’ve read all mine.

  35. betterworldbooks is awesome!!!

  36. ZachDaManiac says:

    Very cool! I just tweeted :).

  37. Go, bwb! you can never have enough books!!

  38. Me too! I agree w/ Patty. One can never ever have enough books!

  39. Thanks for the great giveaway! Love new books.

  40. Maree Peddell says:


  41. Lynne (nrgiza) says:

    Crossing my finger would love to win this contest
    Thanks BWB

  42. I always recommend BWB to all my friends for the best deals on books (free shipping!) and for a great cause to boot! Now, here is just another reason! Thanks for the great contest…hope I win!!!

  43. Karen Wildt says:

    How can I enter if I don’t Twitter? I would love to win free books for a year. I am a teacher at a High School for developmentally disabled inner city children and would love to have books in my classroom that they can read during free time, or take home to read on the weekends. Thank you BWB

  44. toni lamb says:

    does the winner have to pay the shipping on books
    they have won? i am in canada so that can get
    kinda expensive… otherwise, i think this is
    great. love your website and mission.
    god bless.

  45. Barbara Stilwell says:

    What a fantastic opportunity to have a steady flow of books to fulfill my passion for reading. I hope I win.

  46. Can people from overseas join too?

  47. I love books! I hope I win!

  48. 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!

  49. RaonaidLuckwell says:

    Dang that sounds soo sweet

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

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

  52. 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!

  53. Good luck!

  54. Theresa Smith says:

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

  55. 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!

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

  57. Christine says:

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

  58. Stewart Sweeney says:

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

  59. Michelle Draveski says:

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

  60. Vijay Sharan says:

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

  61. kylinthinker says:

    how to know I get it

  62. 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???

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

  64. Ruth Utterback says:

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

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

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

  67. 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”.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 80 bargain bin books over the year?! Why, that’ll be reading material for six months!

  71. I like to read. Not a twit.

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

  73. I tweeted again – rambling69

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  75. I tweeted: rambling69

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

  77. Rita Sheppard says:

    I love books!

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

  81. Tweeted again…rambling69

  82. hopeful read alot.never won anything!!

  83. super fun..i tweeted… drratcherson

  84. 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!

  85. Follow on Twitter and tweeted

  86. Awesome Contest! Thanks 🙂

  87. 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

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

  89. What a great win this would be!

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

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  92. This is a GREAT sweepstakes – Thanks

  93. wifiguy20191 says:

    Great ideas for prizes! DeepCJimi on Twitter

  94. I Tweeted again for my daily entry: rambling69

  95. Tweeted again for another daily entry – rambling69

  96. Karen Richardson says:

    Sorry guys, but I don’t tweet, nor do I want to tweet. Why did you post a message on Facebook if we can’t use Facebook to enter this contest?

    Sounds like some tweeter sort wasn’t thinking at BWB. Play fair next time or don’t play at all.

  97. Twitter is down because of a denial of service attack and so I cannot post to enter the contest! 🙁

  98. I also follow you on Twitter @Luvschweetheart

  99. I find it odd so many people are angry about the use of twitter for this contest. If it bothers you that much, take the two minutes needed to create an account, post your daily entry and when it’s over, just delete your account. I always find it odd when people complain about the chance to get something for free. I guess its that sense of entitlement so many of us have gotten in the last couple of decades.

    You have the same odds as everybody else. The only thing stopping you from trying to win, is you.

    Heck you could have created an account and posted your first entry in the time it took you to complain here about it.

  100. Wesley B Rose (DR Ley) says:

    These books will help so many disabled veterans. What a wonderful opportunity.
    God Bless you,
    “Dr Ley”

  101. This is my first visit. Great resource and to know we are helping others is a definite plus. Looking forward to the tweets.

  102. Yixiao Zhuang says:

    Hooray!Wish myself good luch!

  103. Again have entered my daily tweet: rambling69

  104. Following you @JennSicu

  105. It stinks, I’ve been trying to enter the contest but something happened with Twitter. 🙁 Congradulations to who ever won. May all your days be filled with the magic and wonder of books!:)

  106. I don’t know if I won, or not. I’ve been having problems with Twitter and can’t log on. And Twitter doesn’t always send me mail if I get a direct massage.

  107. follow on twitter @ardy22

    tried to tweet but twitter is having problems still so I shared on facebook

  108. jacqueline says:

    I love better world books, and appreciate what they are trying to do

  109. anyone win?

  110. Will my tweets be considered for the contest if my entries are not public ones? I have protected entries and, while I am following @BWBooks and have entered the contest every day from Day 1 or Day 2, @BWBooks is not following me.

    Thanks! @creeping_phlox

  111. sounds like fun

  112. Little_Red_head says:

    This is so Awesome! I read all the time! Thanks for the chance!

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  114. camille sylvester says:

    iwould love to get these

  115. thanks for the opportunity to win books for a year!!!!!!!!!

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