How First to Read Works


At least once a month, First to Read will offer digital galleys of not-yet-published books to members. You can request access to a digital galley of one or more of the books on offer via entering a drawing for that galley or through redeeming your points to guarantee access. You earn points for your interaction on the site, including reading, reviewing, and sharing.

Note that quantities of digital galleys available for guaranteed access are limited, so it’s first-come-first-serve. If you enter a drawing for a galley and are not selected, you’ll have access to an early excerpt. If you share the early excerpt on Facebook or Twitter and your friends or followers become First to Read members after clicking on the link in your message, they’ll have early access to the excerpt too!

Our digital galleys are available to read on your computer, eReader, or mobile device with software that supports Adobe Digital Editions. View the list of supported devices and read our download instructions.



How do points work, both earning and redeeming them?

Members may earn points by engaging on in a number of ways, including but not limited to visiting the site, requesting advance galleys, reading excerpts or advance galleys, writing reviews, sharing content about the books featured on the site on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and participating in surveys. Should you be selected and given access to download a galley, you are not required to review the book. However, members who participate on the site improve their chances of having access to future Rewards.

Members may redeem points for any qualifying item listed on by following the redemption procedures set forth on the site. For instance, when you request a galley you may be given the option to "Enter for a Chance" or to "Guarantee Request." If you have enough points to guarantee a request for a particular book, you'll be able to click this button and confirm that you want to redeem your points for guaranteed access to the galley. When you have guaranteed access to a galley, the galley will be available for download on the date noted when you submitted your request.

Note that quantities of digital galleys available for guaranteed access are limited, so it's first-come-first-serve.

I'm experiencing issues while registering — what can I do?

We're sorry you’re having issues with registration. Please check your popup blocker settings — if it's turned on you might be missing the Facebook popup. You can turn this off, or you can authorize popups only for specific sites, like Facebook and If you are still experiencing issues, please contact us and let us know the browser, OS, and device (computer, tablet, phone) you are using while registering. This will help us better isolate the problem and be able to respond to you directly.

Is the program only open to US residents?

Yes, currently First to Read is only open to US residents. Find out more details about our Program Terms and the Official Rules.

How frequently do you offer new books in the program?

At least once a month we’ll post new books on offer at Members will receive an email letting them know new galleys are on offer.

I already put through a request for a book but would now like to spend points to guarantee access — can I do this?

No. You can only enter once for a title.

I was selected to read and review a book. Can I share my review elsewhere?

Of course! Many of you have blogs or social forums that you use to share your love of books and we wholeheartedly support that. Feel free to share your feeling on any book you've reviewed for First to Read across your personal accounts. Please disclose in your review that you received access to the galley for free through the First to Read program, in compliance with FTC guidelines, which can be found here.

Is it possible to receive printed galleys of a book I'd like to read?

No. First to Read is an e-galley only program that delivers electronic editions of galleys via Adobe Digital Editions.

How do I know if my e-reader device is compatible with the galleys?

A list of our supported devices can be found here:

I'm having a problem using one of the reader apps. Can you help?

If it's an issue with reading on an app, please contact the support team for the app you are using. The links are below:

Adobe Digital Editions:
Aldiko Book Reader:
Bluefire Reader:

I'd like to cancel my First to Read membership.

We are sorry to see you go. To deactivate your First to Read account, visit your account page here:

Then select "Deactivate Account" on the right side of the screen.

You know, I think I have a way to make First to Read better...

Great! We love to hear from our members and try to implement changes based on their suggestions. Contact us at: