An Oasis for Book Lovers

What would an online library be without a retreat for book lovers?!?!  Grab your favorite liquid refreshment and lose yourself somewhere below.

All Things Book

American Writers   is CSPAN's archive from founders through the Vietnam War era.
BookNotes   is CSPAN's archive of non-fiction author interviews from 1989 to 2004.
Book Riot   I highly recommend their newsletter, sign up today!  A variety of contributors share on a myriad of topics.
BookTV   On weekends, CSPAN2 turns into BookTV!  Nonstop nonfiction for 48 hours! It's great to have on in the background while you're getting your weekend tasks done around the house.  You can also watch it live online and sign up to receive their email alert which tells you the schedule of authors/shows for the upcoming weekend.
Graphic Novels   50 essential titles, plus a short history of graphic novels!
Graphixia
New York Times Bestsellers   index page
New York Times Books   this book section homepage is a great starting point
NPR Books   National Public Radio site includes reviews, bestsellers lists, author interviews and book news
Super Summary    in-depth study guides on a variety of contemporary novels (including many newer books that aren't covered by the older study guide sites.)
"Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Guide"   need i say more???

Audio Books

Librivox   free, public-domain

Communities

Archive of Our Own   still in Beta
Bookstore Bars   they are popping up all over
Comic Book Realm   free price guide, member community, comic auctions, new release previews
ComicVine   comic reviews, videos, forums,  and a wiki
Daily Lit   select a book title and a time of day and a chapter will be sent to you each day.  Perfect for your morning commute or lunch break.
Good Reads   includes user-submitted reviews
LibraryThing   I want to spend more time here than I do.

 

eBooks

Kobo Inc.

Academic books   free from the University of California Press
Baen Books   lots of free science fiction and nonfiction
Bibliomania   free, 2,000 classic books and stories, including study guides
Book Boon   free, 1,000 non-fiction ebooks and textbooks
BookBub Bulletin   sign up for deal alerts
Byliner   stories by established authors for as low as 99¢
Free eBooks
Google Books   preview book; some you can read in full
International Children's Digital Library
Oyster   e-book subscription
Project Gutenberg   45,000 free ebooks
Smashwords   from independent authors
The Online Book Page   1,000,000 books listed thanks to the University of Pennsylvania library
William Shakespeare   his complete works thanks to MIT.
World Public Library   3,000,000 ebooks, academic, graphic novels, magazines and audio books.

ebooks.com   purchase books for your e-reader

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Events

Book Expo America   an annual publishers event; see highlights from 2014

Frankfurt Book Fair   world's largesttrade fair for books

Preview Upcoming Releases

Publishers Lunch Book Buzz   Read "substantial" excerpts of upcoming fiction, non-fiction, and Young Adult Titles in e-book form.  Free downloads from Kobo, Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

Readers Advisory

this is what librarians call tools we use to help readers find what they want to read.

Guys Read
literature-map.com   type in an author's name to see suggested authors who write similar works
readkiddoread.com   James Patterson's site for kids

Reviews

Below I've listed a few suggestions for book reviews. You could also do a search by typing "book title reviews" into a search engine.  Be aware that it is important to evaluate these "unverified" reviewers, since today's online reviews are not necessarily authentic.  Products of all types are reviewed online; even vacation destinations are rated on travel sites.  Looking at reviews has become a standard element of our decision process when purchasing a product or service. Consequently, there exists a dark opportunity for overexuberant sellers: pay people to write positive reviews.   Freelancers' websites offer the cheap labor; all a seller has to do is hire someone.  Dark though it is, this market is flourishing.

Booklist   ALA's review list
Bookpage   a resource popular with librarians; you might also be able to pick up a print copy of this monthly newspaper at your local public library.
BookTube   video reviews by avid booklovers to be found on YouTube by searching.
Good Reads   a community of readers; a subsidiary of Amazon since 2013.
IndieReader   step out of your comfort zone and try something new!
New York Times   book review page
NPR Reviews   National Public Radio

Articles on Dark Reviews

"Do Consumer Reviews Have a Future?"   Forbes September 12, 2012
"Five Stars for Five Dollars: Buying Reviews, Reviewed"   Huffington Post September 30, 2013
"The Best Book Reviews Money can Buy"   New York Times August 25, 2012
"Fake Reviews: Amazon's rotten core"   Forbes.com August 28, 2012
"GIFs, Memes, and Liveblogs: the controversial new language of book reviewing"   Salon.comoo
"Amazon Tackles Review Problem: deletes wrong reviews"   Forbes.comNovember 7, 2012

SparkNotes

Literature  brings you a summary, characters, and analysis of a seemingly unending list of classic titles;  includes some in video form
No Fear Literature   Canterbury Tales, The Scarlet Letter, Beowulf, Heart of Darkness, Tale of Two Cities
No Fear Shakespeare   easily learn about the most popular titles

Spark Notes also include study guides for subjects from biology to government to philosphy

Tools

Comic Book DB   database also includes a marketplace and forum
FictFact   keep track of your book series; be notified when next title is released.
 


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