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Books

"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.
Oprah's Book Club
First chapters, audio, discussion group, newsletter. Part of Books.com site.
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 discussing War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. (The link provided is to the electronic text.)
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 also.
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 Groups.
Vintage 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, discussion topics, 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.

Book Reviews

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 development.
Amazon.Com
Search their catalog of 2.5 million titles for reviews by media as well as readers.
Atlantic Unbound
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
Reviews 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.
Booklist
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 selections of reviews, feature articles, author interviews, and book-related essays beyond the limited review selections available in newspapers and magazines.
BookPage
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 new.
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 readers.
BookWire Reviews
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 every 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
Boston Review
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
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.
Good Reading
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 showcased.
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 the site.
Los Angelas Times Book Review
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.
Miami Herald

New York Books
Reviews.
The New York Review of Books

Providence Phoenix

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.
Salon
Book features archive. Reviews, articles, searchable.
San 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.
Nancy's Really Good Reads
Nancy works in the acquisitions department of the O'Keefe Library at St. Ambrose University

Books Online

Electronic Library
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 to 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 of Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, and more.
The Great Books 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 books online.
Project Gutenburg
The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other 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 described as: Light Literature; such as Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Peter Pan, Aesop's Fables, etc. Heavy Literature; such as the Bible or other religious documents, Shakespeare, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, etc. References; such as Roget's Thesaurus, almanacs, and a set of encyclopedia, dictionaries, etc.

For Book Lovers Only

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.com Books
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 title.
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" books.
Biblionline
Biblio is a monthly magazine that examines and celebrates the world of books. Created for book lovers, collectors, scholars, and treasure seekers, Biblio focuses on the art, history, culture, and science of books and other human records of enduring value -- from antiquarian, rare, art, modern first, and fine press books to autographs; historic, scientific, and literary manuscripts; and ephemera, such as vintage Valentines and movie posters. Biblio explores the people and places, the milestones and mysteries, the history and technology of books and other human records
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.
Book Lovers
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 links.
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.
Book Web
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 book-related sites.
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 merits.
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 varied links.
BookWire
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 deserves."
Digital Librarian
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."
General Knowledge
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.
Great Books
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 centuries.
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.
The Libyrinth
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
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
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.
Real Fiction
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 Web
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.

Awards

Bookstacks Hall of Fame
A chronological list of well known awards.
Bookwire
The Bookwire Index of Book Awards is an extensive list of sites for literary awards.
PEN American Center Literary Awards
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 other information.
Literary Prizes
Links to some of the major prizes in Literary Fiction.
The 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 fiction.
Yahoo Literature Awards
Yahoo's list of litertature and humanities awards.

Publishers

Bantam Doubleday Dell
The Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. is one of the largest publishers of general interest consumer books in North America. Its core businesses are adult and young readers fiction and nonfiction hardcovers, paperbacks, and audio books.
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. Graywolf currently publishes sixteen books a year, including poetry, novels, essays, literary criticism, and memoir. They have claimed their piece of the literary landscape by introducing and promoting the most exciting and creative writers of our times.
Howell Press, Inc.

University Press of Virginia
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.
Yahoo! Literary Small Press
A long list of links.

Updated May 7, 1998
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