Books and Literature
Whatever your interests, check out our new e-mail newsletter service which will send great book suggestions by email. Each newsletter includes new books that may be of interest and some older ones that you may have missed, with links to the library catalog so you can see what’s available and place requests for books you want to read. There are over twenty lists for readers of all ages, and you can preview them all online before subscribing.
NextReads E-Mail Newsletters — See the list of newsletters, preview and sign up
General Book-Related Resources
- BookSpot — A good starting point for book-related information on the World Wide Web
- Book Page: Your Guide to the Best in New Books — Bookpage’s online version includes a large collection of author interviews, book reviews and other book-related news and features.
- USA Today: Books — Articles, interviews and bestseller lists from the popular national newspaper.
- Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books: “Author interviews you can listen to” — This is a large collection of author interviews you can listen to online
- African American Literature Book Club — “The Most Popular Website Dedicated to Books by or About African Americans”
- Masterpiece Theatre Book Club — “The Masterpiece Theatre Book Club gives viewers the opportunity to read and discuss selected books alongside their screen adaptations.”
- Book Club Center — Random House’s reading group guides
- BookSense — BookSense.com is a cooperative project of independent-bookseller websites and the American Booksellers Association
- Amazon — One of the first and best-known online booksellers
- Barnes and Noble — Online version of the book superstore chain
- BookFinder.com — Simultaneously search many the online catalogs of many different new and used booksellers
Resources by Genre
- Genrefluent — Diana Tixier Herald, the author of two editions of Genreflecting, the popular reader’s advisory tool, has created this web site with links to many genre fiction sites as well as information on her own programs and services.
Stop, You’re Killing Me | Mysterynet.com
Romantic Times Magazine
- Science Fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Reading Group and Study Guides
- Reading Group Guides — A large collection of reading guides and other resources for reading groups
- Books — Oprah’s book site
- Reading Group Guides from Publishers
Vintage | Random House | HarperCollins
- English Literature (from Voice of the Shuttle) — The Voice of the Shuttle, a large, organized collection of web resources in the humanities, from the University of California at Santa Barbara
- The Modern English Collection — The University of Virginia Library presents this large, well-organized and meticulously maintained collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters and other documents from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author’s last name or by category of interest, as part of their Electronic Text Archive.
- The Complete Works of Shakespeare — A searchable Shakespeare archive
- Native American Authors — This collection from the Internet Public Library includes bibliographies, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts and tribal websites
- BBC: Books — Includes an excellent collection of brief biographies of links about prominent authors, with links to related websites, audio files, and other resources
- Online Literary Criticism Collection — A collection of biographical and critical information about authors and their works, from the Internet Public Library
- Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color — A collection of biographical and critical information on authors and their works, from the University of Minnesota
- Hawthorne In Salem — Information, documents, research and photographs related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s days in Salem, Massachusetts
- The Academy of American Poets — Information on the Academy and its programs as well as collections, exhibits, biographies and sound files of poets reading their own works
- Bartleby.com Verse — A large, searchable collection of poetry
- American Verse Project — A large, searchable collection of American poetry from the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative
- Poetry Foundation — “The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.” Their website includes articles, audio and video, a search tool and other poetry resources.