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Books & Reading

Books/Reading & Databases – Books classified based on plot, setting, character, and writing style. If you know what kind of book you like, you can find other authors who write similar kind of stories.

The American Library Association – The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Includes association information, news, events, and advocacy resources.

Barnes & Noble – Provides reviews as well as reading and genre lists. – The preeminate internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

The Big Thrill – Get news and information on the latest thrillers along with in-depth stories and interviews PLUS a chance to win first edition signed thrillers by your favorite authors.

Book Clubbish – Book reviews and suggestions for book club reading. – Read and release your books into the wild! Tag your used books with a unique tracking number, then follow their travels through the world at BookCrossing, the world’s biggest book club.

BookHive – A guide to children’s literature and books from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

BookMooch – Exchange books and trade them, like a book swap or book barter.

BookPageA companion to the free newspaper the Library makes available.  BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed through subscribing bookstores and public libraries. Founded in 1988, BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. All of the content from the print edition is posted on each month.

Books & Authors – Explores the latest genre fiction, essential non-fiction and the authors behind the titles. Browse these and other works, using tools that make finding them and remembering them easy.

Books on the Knob – Bargain reads, free ebooks and book reviews for the Amazon Kindle, nook, kobo, Sony and other ereaders, along with some games, music, technology and computers tossed in now and then.

Bookspace – Provides “If you like…” lists of fiction.

The British Library – The library holds over 13 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, and more. – Read free classic books online.

Criminal Element – Mystery novels, thrillers and true crime stories, plus original fiction, excerpts of new releases, daily blog posts, giveaways and more.

Digital Public Library of America – The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.

eBooks@Adelaide – A collection of free ebook editions of significant works from the past.

Electronic Text Center at UVa Library – The Electronic Text Center (1992-2007), known to many as “Etext,”has served the University community’s teaching and research needs in the areas of humanities text encoding for over fifteen years.

The European Library – Information about the National Libraries of Europe, their services and the online exhibitions they offer. Requires JavaScript.

Europeana – Paintings, music, films and books from Europe’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

FictFact – Dedicated to helping you read fiction book series in order. Easily find out which book is next with a custom list based on your favorite series!

Good Reads – See what your friends are reading. Keep track of what you’ve read and organize your books into virtual bookshelves. Join a book club to discuss your favorite books. A better way to find good books to read!

Google Book Search – Find the perfect book for your purposes and discover new ones that interest you. Google’s collection of digitized books includes a large number of books related to Old English literature and language.

Gutenberg Library – Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

HathiTrust – As a digital repository for the nation’s great research libraries, HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of partner institutions. It was conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections.

Kent District Library – Offers a searchable database of novels in series.

Library of Congress – A US federal resource of the Congress providing research material and updated database on virtually every topic.

LibraryThing – Catalogs your books online, easily, quickly and for free.

LibriVox – Provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening.

New York Times Book Reviews – Reviews from the daily N.Y. Times and from the Sunday Book Review.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery – Free and open online access to hundreds of thousands digital images.

OAIster – A union catalog of digital resources. They provide access to the digital resources by “harvesting” their descriptive metadata (records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).

Ology World – The official site for the best-selling Ology book range and brand, includes, Dragonology, Egyptology, Wizardology, Pirateology, and more.

One Click Digital – iCONN’s downloadable audio book service.

The Online Books Page – Listing over 30,000 free books available on the web.

The Open Library – In partnership with the Internet Archive and, the Boston Public Library is excited to announce a new program to allow users and patrons to “Scan-on-Demand”. It’s easy and free! Books are delivered to you, electronically, in 5-7 days.

Oprah’s Book Club – Read along with Oprah’s Book Club and millions of other readers! Get in-depth book summaries and discussion questions for your book clubs.

Orlando: Women’s Writings in the British Isles -“A comprehensive electronic text-base relating to women’s writing in the British Isles.” (netconnect)

PaperBackSwap – Join their free book club and trade, swap, or exchange used books with other book club members absolutely free. Looking for free books? You’ll find tons of great used books to choose from.

Poems Out Loud – The art of reading poetry … out loud.

Poetry Foundation – An independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in American culture.

Read This! – The Peabody Institute Library’s reader’s advisory blog. Full of book reviews, news of the literary world, and book links, there is something for every book lover on our site.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography – Presents selected articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding publishing efforts on the Internet.

Smories – Smories are original stories for kids, read by kids.

StoryPlace – A children’s digital library from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Tablet Magazine – A daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.

The Virtual Chase – Teaches legal professionals how to do research. – Book recommendations from readers like you. Register for free to build your own book lists. – Whichbook gives readers an enjoyable and intuitive way to find books to match their mood. Instead of starting from the overwhelming choice of books available, whichbook starts from the reader and enables each individual to build the elements of that elusive ‘good read’ we are all looking for but don’t quite know how to define.

Wikibooks – Open-content textbooks.

WorldCat [OCLC] – Collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

WorldLinQ – Scholarly and popular multilingual web resources.

Online Literary Journals – Looking for interesting art? Fresh, exciting poetry and prose? Innovative videos not available on You-Tube? Interviews with new artists in every genre? These on-line literary journals combine the written word with performance art offering a new take on literary journals:

Arras Fishouse
Blackbird LitStation
Drunken Boat Mezzo Cammin
Fairfield Review Mooncruise