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"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over
the man who can't read them."Mark Twain
Book Clubs, Forums, and Groups
Those who read often enjoy sharing their perceptions and insights with
others. The following
selection of sites includes Book Groups listings both off- and on-line.
Chicago Tribune Books
- Billed as the liveliest book discussions on the web.
- First chapters, audio, discussion group, newsletter. Part of Books.com
San Francisco Bay Area Great Books Council
- The San Francisco Bay area has adult discussion groups in most
communities which meet and discuss the Great Book Series or other selected
classic works. They also offer weekend retreats in the area. One, for
instance, last year in Mill Valley, spent several sessions of a weekend
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. (The link provided is to the
Yahoo Center for the Book
- This annotated list has several states listed with centers devoted to
promoting awareness and reading and writing activities.
The BookWire Reading Room
- This site has a selection of electronic texts as well as author
information, literary mailing lists, an index of book-related newsgroups,
and a book award index.
Yahoo Literature Usenet
- An annotated list of book related newsgroups.
Book Group Corner
- This site offers a book group guide and bulletin boards. It is a
Bantam Doubleday Dell publication so they have some books to sell
Publishers Weekly Online Reading Groups
- A discussion area and information about online reading groups,
including live chat sessions. It also has a link to the BookWire Index of
Reading Group Guide List
- Vintage Books has designed
Reading Group Guides to enhance a group's reading and
discussion of a book.
They include a description of each book, questions,
author biography, and sometimes a note from the
author to assist the group
in having a stimulating and interesting discussion.
Teacher's Guides are also available on selected
titles. This site also contains links to more on-line reading groups.
Yahoo Reading Groups
- An annotated list of on- and off-line reading groups, many with guides
to starting a group.
The Great Books Foundation
- "The Great Books Foundation offers people of all ages an exciting way
to read and discuss outstanding works of literature." They publish a
reading series for children and adults, and offer training for discussion
leaders. The site includes a list of Great Book Councils by state and a
Great Books Discussion List.
There are a variety of sites relating to book reviews on the Web. Some
sites are simply electronic versions of traditional print reviews in
newspapers, journals, and magazines. Other sites were
developed strictly as Internet resources and contain Web enhancements,
reader reviews, and discussion groups.
ACQEB'S Directory of Book Reviews on the Web.
- This site is a gathering
place for librarians and other
professionals interested in
acquisitions and collection
Search their catalog of 2.5 million titles for reviews by media as well as
- Here is the Atlantic Monthly in electronic form, with the
contents of the current print issue enhanced for the Web. This is a great
resource for anyone who loves books and words. It contains a monthly
column on Digital Culture with emphasis on arts and letters in the
electronic realm. In its pages one can find book reviews and articles,
interviews, and commentaries.
Barnes and Noble
- This online bookstore offers reviews of many current titles. The
reviews are from places like Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly. Click on
search and type in the title you are looking for.
The Book Buffet
of books that may, at times, be overlooked due to lack of marketing, odd
subjects, unknown authors or
saturation of the market.
Book Links: The Overbooked Website
- Book Links is a volunteer project site constructed by members of the
staff of the Chesterfield County Public Library in Chesterfield, VA. It
contains a collection of links to sites of interest to the book lover
including an extensive section devoted to reviews and reading lists.
Book Recommendations of Real Folks
- For those readers wanting to know what "real people" think about the
books they are reading, this is the page to visit. The page was
constructed with the hope that readers would share their recommendations
of books about which they feel strongly and find others with similar book
interests. The online browser can link to the forty newest book lists or
peruse randomly selected lists.
- This Web page is the digital counterpart to the American Library
Association's magazine, Booklist. For over 90 years
Booklist has been the librarian's source for reviews of the
latest books. The Web site allows the online visitor to examine current
reviews, feature articles, author interviews, and book-related essays
beyond the limited review selections available in newspapers and
- BookPage is a national review publication with an interest in helping
people select their books and learn more about the authors writing them.
Information found here is unique to the site or an
enhancement of the print publication. It includes reviews and interviews,
the opportunity to post one's own reviews, and a readers' guide to what's
Books We Have Read and Loved
- This site is a place for readers and book discussion groups looking
for something beyond the bestseller lists to help guide their reading
selections. The site was developed by a group of women who love to read
and have been in a book club for many years. They believe in the power of
good literature. The group aims are to encourage reading books not
lengthy reviews, to find relatively unknown but
great books, and to offer membership in the growing community of serious
- Bookwire Reviews offers a search feature in which reviews from
a variety of sources can be found. Search by title, author, or
publisher. BookWire is an immense, authoritative site with something for
book lover. It contains a vast list of links to various review sources
and a discussion area for literate conversation about books.
The Boston Globe Book Reviews
- The Boston Review "combines commitments to public reason and literary
imagination." This is the electronic version of the magazine, containing
prose and poetry reviews with an emphasis on
political, cultural, and literary ideas.
- ChapterOne bills itself as containing the largest book-browsing
content on the Internet. The site is reputed to contain information on
more than 360 books from more than 92 publishers (I didn't count!).
It does contain a comprehensive list of reviews from diverse sources and
makes available excerpts, first chapters, and tables of contents of
selected books for browsing over the Net.
Detroit Free Press
- A collection of reviews from their book section.
- This Net site is devoted to good reading. From the home page, the
online browser can link to reviews and previews of new novels. Sample
extracts and author interviews are included as well. The page also links
to an "Electronic Slushpile" where works from novels in progress are
Hungry Mind Review
- Hungry Mind Review is a quarterly book review magazine
distributed free in bookstores around the country. The print edition is
built around a particular theme with reviews and essays supporting that
theme. The online version contains features included in the print
magazine as well as selections exclusive to the Web version. The page
contains discussion sites and an HMR archive.
The IBIC Virtual Review of Books (IVRB)
- The IVRB is an exhaustive site including a multitude of links to book
reviews on the Internet. The page contains two broad categories of links:
general interest and specialized subject book reviews. For
the browser looking for a wide variety of sources of book reviews, this is
- Los Angelas Times
- The Sunday edition of the L.A.Times Book Review
Library Journal Digital
- This is the electronic version of the oldest independent national
library publication, Library Journal. Containing news,
features, and commentary, LJDigital also includes book evaluations written
by librarians to help readers make their reading decisions. Each issue
reviews 250 to 350 adult books, mostly prior to publication.
Midwest Book Review
- This is a valuable and abundant site for any book lover! The MBR site
contains a number of literary resources as well as information and reviews
of specific books. Links to Internet and children's book
watch information can be found here as well.
New York Books
- The New York Review of
The Quarterly Black Review
- This online edition of the QBR contains the most recent views and
reviews from the print edition. Included in this page are nonfiction,
fiction, poetry, and children's literature reviews. Links to a
Black Classics Guide, the QBR Blacklist, and a Black Booksellers Directory
are also contained here.
- Book features archive. Reviews, articles, searchable.
Francisco Chronicle Book Review
- Current and archived reviews.
Washington Post Book World
- This site contains the electronic version of the Sunday section of the
Washington Post Book World. From this site the visitor can
read the first chapters of books mentioned in the reviews. This Web site
also supports online discussion groups on books, reading, and writing.
New York Times on the Web Books
- Click above to go to the front page of The New York
Times; click on "books," then
register. There is currently no subscription fee. The New York Times on
the Web Books site has a
complete archive of New York Times book reviews since
1980--more than 50,000 in all,
searchable by author or title. The site also includes book reviews and
book-related news from every
day's New York Times. Also, Only-on-the-Web features first
chapters from a selection of recently reviewed books and bestsellers. You
can also listen to RealAudio presentations of authors
reading their own works.
Really Good Reads
- Nancy works in the acquisitions department of the O'Keefe Library at
St. Ambrose University
- A free public service for the dissemination of electronic books,
provided by Books.com. Thousands of titles available in a variety of
subject areas -- everything from the complete works of William Shakespeare
scripts by Monty Python.
Electronic Literature Foundation
- Advanced, free electronic texts from world literature in several
formats and languages. All of the ELF texts include internal search
engines and numerous contemporary and modern illustrations. Current works
online include The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,
Dante's Divine Comedy, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the novels
Austen and Thomas Hardy, and more.
- The Great
contemporary and modern illustrations.
- Online links to books and author's biography. The site also has links
to booksellers, publishers, reviews, reference, online resources, and
- The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and
materials available to the general public in forms
a vast majority of the
computers, programs and people can easily read,
use, quote, and search. There are three portions of the Project Gutenberg
Library, basically be
Light Literature; such as Alice in Wonderland,
Looking-Glass, Peter Pan, Aesop's Fables, etc.
Heavy Literature; such as the Bible or other
Shakespeare, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, etc.
References; such as Roget's Thesaurus,
almanacs, and a set of
encyclopedia, dictionaries, etc.
While it's not as easy to curl up with the computer as it is with a good
book, there are many diverse and exciting Web sites available to those who
share a common interest, that is, the bibliophile! Here is an
attempt to provide links to some of the varied resources available to
dedicated book lovers. This section contains links to lists of what
people are reading, what people should be reading, where you can buy
it, and some of its history. Warning! Once you start down this path of
fascinating and hyperlinked pages, it will be hard to escape!
- Amazon claims to be the Web's largest bookstore. Almost anything in
print can be ordered online from them. Their page includes staff and
reader reviews, author interviews, and titles in the news (Oprah's
booklist, NPR book reviews, etc.). This site also contains an automated
search agent to notify the reader if a favorite author releases a new
Bibliomania, The Network Library
- This page is a network library containing over 40 classic novels. It
also includes poetry, biographical, academic, and ancient texts. The site
started with works in the public domain and reflects a range of "classic"
- Biblio is a monthly magazine that examines and celebrates the
world of books. Created for book lovers, collectors,
and treasure seekers, Biblio focuses on the art,
and science of books and other human records of
-- from antiquarian, rare, art, modern first, and fine
to autographs; historic, scientific, and literary
ephemera, such as vintage Valentines and movie
explores the people and places, the milestones and
history and technology of books and other human
- Book Browser
- BookBrowser is a collection of fiction reading lists. BookBrowser was
made to help avid fiction readers find books and
authors. The list is arranged by genre,
location, and series. Readers may submit their own
author and genre selections to be added to the site.
- This site is a good general reference to fine arts and literature.
Piet Wesselman offers a selection of useful sites of interest to those who
enjoy reading and writing. He includes links to rare book
sites and book arts and fine printing as well as a multitude of literary
Book Lover's Resource Page
- An attempt to find some of the best book-related sites on the
World Wide Web and organize them according to genre.
Book Stacks - Café
- The Book Café is a Web meeting place for those who love books. Look
at a literary journal, make a comment on a book, or listen to a reading.
The page is updated frequently with new conferences, author
interviews, and journals.
- This is the site of the American Booksellers Association home page.
The contents of the page include current book news and events, a reading
room, links to searchable databases, and other
Books A to Z
- This site is intended to be a tool to enable the book lover to
produce, distribute, or find books. There are a large number of links to
book and library resources. The links from this page have been
reviewed by the page designers and are offered because of their
Books in Chains
- Books in Chains is a complete and appealing literature resource.
Information is maintained in three broad categories: resources, authors,
and ezines. This is a large page with many interesting and
- Bookwire is listed in multiple sections of this page because of its
exhaustive content concerning everything to do with books. This site
contains thousands of annotated and intelligently organized links to
book-related sites. A must visit for the bibliophile.
The Center For The Book
- The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established by
law in 1977 to stimulate
public interest in
books, reading, libraries and literacy. It
serves as a catalyst and a source of ideas -- both nationally
and internationally -- through an expanding
network of affiliated centers in more than 30
states, a reading promotion partnership program that includes more than 50
national civic and educational organizations, and a
broad network of "community of the book" organizations.
A Celebration of Women Writers
- This page includes extensive links to information about and writings
by women writers. The site is edited and maintained by Mary Mark
Ockerbloom at Carnegie Mellon University. From here interested
readers can sign up for the Book People mailing list, a forum for
announcing and discussing electronic books freely read on the Net. Its
intent is to aid and inspire a culture of volunteers and projects
providing literary works on the Internet.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- This Web page contains classic Christian texts in electronic format
and is maintained by Wheaton College. "There is enough good reading
material here to last a lifetime, if you give each work the time it
- Digital Librarian is maintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian
in Cortland, N.Y. This is an annotated list of web sites on books and
reading. "A librarian's choice of the best of the web."
- Links on this page are about literature and the study of literature.
It includes general resources, then sites arranged by literary period and,
finally, by country of origin. Of a similar nature and maintained by the
same person is LitWeb, another
extensive list of literary resource links.
- The goal of Great Books programs is devoted to the idea that everyone
can read and understand great literature, literature that has the capacity
to engage the intellect as well as the imagination. The Great Books
Foundation sponsors reading lists, conferences, and seminars for adult and
juvenile readers. Information about their reading lists and programs can
be accessed here.
Great Books Index
- This page is a personal interest project and not affiliated with the
Encyclopedia Britannica "Great Books of the Western World" publications;
it does, however, include a list of the works that appeared in
that project. Some of the criteria for selecting works contained in this
page are contemporary significance, inexhaustibility (book can be read
again and again), and relevance to great ideas and issues of the last 25
The Internet Book Information Center
- IBIC was the first book-related "megasite" to appear on the Web. It
is a publication intended to serve the global community of book lovers.
The IBIC mission is to provide the online browser with
useful, interesting, and important information about books.
Library of Congress Experimental Search System
- This is a Library of Congress effort to make selected cataloging and
digital library resources available over the Web using a simple interface.
By exploiting hyperlinking and a relevancy-ranked search engine, the
Library is providing a new and more intuitive way of searching the
traditional Online Public Access Catalog.
- This website is dedicated to works by twentieth century writers. The
name of the site is a combination of "library," symbolic of a
cross-referencing of resources, and "labyrinth," symbolic of winding prose
style. The Libyrinth is maintained by a chemistry teacher with an
appreciation for modern literature.
- The list contains a compilation of the great books of human history.
The page's author has defined great books to be those that have influenced
human thought. The list is divided into six categories
containing historical dates interspersed with titles of books written
within the corresponding time period.
- Literary Leaps is an extensive compilation of links for the book
lover. The visitor to this site can link to publishers, bookstores, and
other literary locales on the Web. There are more than 1200
listings gathered here from a wide variety of resources.
Literary Resources on the Net
- Literary Resources is a well-named site containing links to online
pages of interest. Links are listed by genre and time period. The
collection of sites included are concerned mainly with English and
American literature and would be useful to academics.
- This is a page for readers and authors of small press and
self-published novels. Works here are unusual, difficult to categorize,
and often provocative.
- SHARP is the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading &
Publishing. "Book historians study the social, cultural, and economic
history of authorship; the history of the book trade, copyright,
censorship, and underground publishing; the publishing histories of
particular literary works; authors and editors; the spread of literacy and
book distribution; canon formation and politics of literary criticism;
libraries, reading habits and reader response." This is an ambitious site
with a number of interesting literary links.
The Western Canon
- This Web site is very similar in intent to the list. The Western
Canon is dedicated to providing a location where the Internet community
can link to the most important written works of Western
civilization. The importance of communication, printed or electronic, is
the power of the ideas it expresses.
The Zuzu's Petals Literary Resource
- ZPLR is the home of the critically acclaimed literary journal, Zuzu's
Petals Quarterly Online, as well as thousands of reviewed links to the
literary arts. This is another comprehensive resource
for links to sites of interest to those who love good reading. This page
is frequently updated and well worth visiting.
Bookstacks Hall of Fame
- A chronological list of well known awards.
- The Bookwire Index of Book Awards is an extensive list of sites for
- PEN American Center
- PEN American Center administers a number of literary prizes to honor
excellence among American authors--emerging and
established--of fiction, nonfiction, and
poetry, and to recognize the translation of fo reign
works into English.
The Booker McConnell Prize
- Referred to colloquially as the "Booker", this literary prize is
sponsored by Booker McConnell Ltd and administered by the
National Book League in the United Kingdom. It is awarded to the best
full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the
UK, the Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan or South Africa.
The Pulitzer Prizes
- This Web site lists the names of the winners and finalists, citations,
pictures, cartoons, jurors and
- Links to some of the major prizes in Literary Fiction.
Nobel Prize Internet Archive
- Nobel Prize Literature Winners 1996-1901. Each name is hyperlinked to
pages about the author.
Virtual Words Worth
- A list of literary awards, includes children, fiction, and non
- Yahoo's list of litertature and humanities awards.
Bantam Doubleday Dell
- The Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. is one
of the largest publishers of general interest consumer
in North America. Its core businesses are adult and
readers fiction and nonfiction hardcovers, paperbacks,
- Graywolf Press
- The site includes, Pick of the
litter - featured books; Making Tracks - Resources for educators,
readers, writers; Books to Sink Your Teeth Into - Catalog/Ordering.
currently publishes sixteen books a year, including poetry, novels,
essays, literary criticism, and memoir. They have claimed their
the literary landscape by introducing and promoting the most
and creative writers of our times.
- Howell Press, Inc.
- University Press of
- The UPVa editorial program focuses primarily on the humanities and
social sciences with
special concentrations in American history, African American
studies, gender studies, southern
studies, literature, and regional books.
Literary Small Press
- A long list of links.
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