How do I make money off reading?
October 3, 2008 10:30 AM Subscribe
How can I earn income off my reading habit/hobby?
posted by sorindome to Work & Money (13 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
My biggest hobby by far is reading. I generally go through 3-4 books a week mainly fiction, but non-fiction is duly represented, and have been doing so for the past 25 years. Needless to say I've read a ton of books over the years.
More than likely due to the fact that I've started working as a lawyer and life is now ruled by the billable hour, lately I've been wondering if there's any way to make any money off this investment of time. I'm just looking for ideas from the hive mind, about who or what might pay for me to read something and possibly comment about it. I do have some letters to put behind my name, JD, MBA, and I'm a fairly decent writer.
My initial thoughts were to possibly write reviews and attempt to have them published. I realize this isn't something I could jump into, so I thought about building a website/blog and posting reviews for a year or so until I have a decent body of work to be used as a sample. Sure there is a pipe dream that maybe the website might generate a few measly bucks in income if I can get to a critical mass but more than likely it would just serve as a portfolio down the line.
The other thought I had was editing/reviewing or being a test reader for a publisher. I know nothing about this though, I just figure that such positions have to exist. If they do, how would I go about getting involved.
Anyways any and all ideas and comments are welcome, fire away.