Monday, March 5, 2018

Print Book Giveaways for International Readers | Narelle Atkins

By Narelle Atkins  @NarelleAtkins

Do you see a print book giveaway on a blog or social media and hesitate to get excited? 

If you're an international reader who lives outside the USA, you'll know to read the fine print on the giveaway to check to see if you're eligible to enter.

At International Christian Fiction Writers (ICFW) we don't do a lot of giveaways, but when we do a giveaway here we try to make sure there's an option for international readers to at least win an ebook, if not a print book.

There is a reason why print book giveaways from US-based authors are often limited to US mailing addresses: postage costs. For authors who are sent print books from their publisher to give away, it's only around $3 US to mail the books within the US. It's significantly more expensive to mail that same book to an international mailing address.

The Book Depository has traditionally been our go-to place at ICFW to buy and send print books to winners of our giveaways. They offer competitive prices and free worldwide shipping.

A few of us at ICFW who write contemporary Christian romance also blog with Inspy Romance. At Inspy Romance we're celebrating our 4th birthday and offering 10 giveaway bundles - 4 print book bundles (US only) - 4 ebook bundles (international) - a Grand Prize (US only) - PLUS a print book bundle for an international reader to win.

Yes, Inspy Romance is offering a print book giveaway containing 6 books specifically for international readers. How often do you see a multi-book print giveaway for readers who live outside the US? 

If you like reading contemporary Christian romance, stop by the Inspy Romance blog and enter the Birthday Bash giveaway.

Have you discovered many print book giveaways that are open to readers who live outside the US? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences.      

A fun loving Aussie girl at heart, NARELLE ATKINS was born and raised on the beautiful northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. She has settled in Canberra with her husband and children. A lifelong romance reader, she found the perfect genre to write when she discovered inspirational romance. Narelle's contemporary stories of faith and romance are set in Australia.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest


  1. I'm in New Zealand, and I've won a couple of print giveaways that were open internationally. The most recent was A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal, offered here at ICFW. Great book!

    I mostly read fiction on my Kindle, so I don't mind contest who offer the option of an ebook for international readers. But I still love paperbacks where I have the option, as I can share them with my friends.

    1. Hi Iola, I agree, it’s nice to have the option of entering print book giveaways. The instant gratification of an immediate download of an ebook, rather than waiting for snail mail, makes ebook giveaways attractive. Patricia’s book is a great read! :)

  2. I have found a few and have won some but they were several years back. I have won a few ebooks which I prefer. I have won several books from the States which I never received even after the blog owner contacted them still nothing. One book I won the publisher said they sent a second which I still didn't get. It is disappointing for a reader it also makes you weary of that writer if she has contests at other places. A couple time the blogger offered to buy the book but I told her no, it wasn't her fault.

    1. Hi Jenny, I’m sorry to hear you haven’t received the promised giveaway prizes. Very disappointing.