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Book Clubs--Electronic Books--General Reading--Mystery--Romance
Science Fiction/Fantasy--Westerns

Book Clubs

BookCrossing - A global book club where members leave books for others, with forums.

BookMovement - Tracks what book clubs are reading, with a book club planner, book reviews.

FastCompany Book of the Month Club - Business book club with reviews and online discussion.

Good Morning America "Read This!" - Book club with book excerpts and message boards.

How to Start a Book Club - How-to in 15 steps with tips.

How to Start a Book Club for Kids - Simple 4-step instructions for starting a kids reading club.

LitLovers - An online community dedicated to books and book clubs.

Oprah's Book Club - Oprah's favorites, writers on writing, kid's reading list, message boards, more.

Reader's Circle - Directory of book clubs, reading groups, and literary salons, with event listings.

Reading Group Choices - Guide to choosing books for book discussion groups. - Book recommendations, discussion guides, book club picks.

Today's Book Club - NBC Today Show book club with book reviews and chat.

Electronic Books

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts - Search or browse Western literature and philosophy.

Amazon E-Books & E-Docs - Search or browse by category, download free readers. - Great books online in reference, verse, fiction, and nonfiction, with an index. - Downloadable books for people with visual disabilities, fee required.

Classic Reader - Browse or search a free collection of online classic books, with forums and FAQ.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - Full text of all Shakespeare's plays. - Title search, subject guide, featured titles, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

HarperCollins Browse Inside - Search and browse entire selected books online.

IPL Shakespeare's Bookshelf - Full text of all Shakespeare's plays and poetry with search. - Browse or search for free books for your PDA or iPod, books of the month.

Online Literature Library - Classics by listed by author.

Project Gutenberg - Browse or search thousands of classic books for free download.

Read Print - Thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast by author.

Short Stories - Stories can be read online, printed, or downloaded for hand-held devices.

Telltale Weekly - Search catalog or browse audiobooks, free audiobooks, bestsellers, FAQ.

General Reading

ALA Booklist - American Library Association book reviews, editors' choice, articles, archive. - Find a book to read by plot, theme, character, and setting, book reviews. Books - Read reviews and buy new and used books, search inside the books.

The Atlantic Online Books & Critics - Interviews, articles, book reviews, and magazine Archive.

Author Webpages - Directory of links to author webpages.

Barnes & - Read reviews and buy new and used books.

Based on the Book - Over 1,000 books, short stories, and plays made into movies.

Book TV - C-SPAN site with history, public lives, Encore Booknotes, featured program.

The Booklist Center - Contains 340 booklists in 81 categories of award-winning books.

BookPage - Book reviews, author interviews, book club recommendations.  Free copy at SCPL. - Reviews, features, newsletter, readers' reviews, message boards, contests.

Books-A-Million - Read reviews and buy discounted books.

Books 'n' Bytes - Mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and computer authors.

BookWire - News, book industry links, author interviews, booksellers, calendar, ebooks, directory.

The Complete Review - "A selectively comprehensive, objectively opinionated survey of books."

Downtown Book Center - Search or browse books written in Spanish.

Fantastic Fiction - Search or browse bibliographies, awards, new books, coming soon, series.

The Fiction_L Booklists -  Morton Grove Public Library's readers' advisory by category.

If You Like... - Find fiction books by author from Hennepin County Library.

Juvenile Series and Sequels: Titles - Alphabetical index of series, also by subject, title, and author.

LibraryThing - Catalog your books online and connect with other readers through the forums.

Literature-Map - "The tourist map of literature", graphical display of similar writers.

MostlyFiction - Book reviews by genre, Top 25 Authors, Top Picks, awards, alphabetical indexes.

The New York Times Book Reviews - Book reviews, news, best sellers lists, editors' choices.

Notable Books - American Library Association 25 notable books in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Publisher's Weekly - News, features, book reviews, sections, resources, and newsletters.

Pulitzer Prize Winners - Pulitzer Prize-winning books by year with resources, archive, and history.

Reading List of Great Works - A list of classics compiled by a Seminole County librarian.

What's Next? - Search adult fiction in a series by author, title, or series.

USA TODAY Books - Features, reviews, Top 150 books, Open Book, and excerpts.


The Mystery Reader - News and book reviews, features, author interviews, contests, more.

Stop, You're Killing Me! - Search author and character indexes, links, new releases, newsletter.

Tangled Web - Crime, mystery, and fantastic fiction digests, reviews, author profiles, and more.


All About Romance - Reviews, authors, commentary, reading lists, and historical cheat sheet.

The Romance Reader - News, book reviews, emporium, features, FAQ, interviews, more.

Romance Writers of America - News, author links, publishers, award winners, bestsellers.

Sequels and Prequels for Romance Novels - Links by single title, category, and publisher series.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine - Current and back issues, departments, writers' guidelines.

Fantasy and Science Fiction News - News and press releases, lists and awards, archives, more.

Locus Online - News, reviews, and resources of sci fi, fantasy, and horror, Awards Index.

The SF Site - Reviews, features, departments, and author interviews. 


ReadWest Online Magazine - Fiction, nonfiction, news, reviews, authors, movies, best westerns.

Spur Award History - List of Spur Award winners from 1953 to the present by year.

Western Writers of America - Roundup Magazine, Spur Award, contact authors, and conventions.