"Choose from hundreds of plot, theme, character, and setting options to find precisely what you're looking for!" Free e-mail newsletter available.
Reviews, readers' recommendations, and the chance to buy new or used.
Book Forager http://www.branching-out.net/forager
Book database for UK librarians, searchable by genres, character types, plots, and settings.
Reviews and excerpts, author interviews, book awards, what readers are talking about, a section for librarians, and more. Free e-mail newsletter.
"Book reviews, book awards, poetry, literary criticism, authors & more." Free e-mail newsletter available.
From Bowker. Title search through over 500 publishers' offerings, publisher homepages, author bios, subject lists of recommended titles, book statistics, etc.
Eye on Books -- Author Interviews, Book Summaries, Library Quotes http://www.eyeonbooks.com/
Readers will enjoy broadcaster Bill Thompson's author interviews, available as Real or Windows sound files, but writers will love the Writers' Craft section, which distills authors' advice on a variety of topics (plotting, characterization, technique, etc.)
Readers Read - Author Interviews, Book Reviews and Book Recommendations http://www.readersread.com/
Links to book excerpts, forums, book reviews, events, forthcoming publications, genre lists, and lots more.
Readers Services from the Rochester Hills Public Library http://www.rhpl.org/ReadersServices.html
Wired for Books http://wiredforbooks.org/
"For many years, most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then had to be edited down to a two-minute radio show. Wired for Books is proud to make these important oral documents publicly available for the first time in their entirety. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century."
A shared blog where people can post their comments or questions, and others can respond.
Musings on books, reading, and related topics by Martyn Everett.
Waterboro Library Blog http://www.waterborolibrary.org/blog.htm
Molly Williams offers links to author interviews, book club picks, book reviews, forthcoming releases, and some of her own bibliographies, listed separately below.
Weblog BookWatch http://www.onfocus.com/bookwatch/
"The Weblog Bookwatch searches weblogs that pass through the Recently Changed list at weblogs.com looking for links to books at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or Powells. The books below were the most frequently mentioned."
Reading Lists and Reviews
Mysteries that have settings, plots or substantial characters related to the world of books, writers, archives, and libraries. Alphabetical list of authors, guides to short stories, juvenile books, detectives and series, and a nice list of authors who show up as characters in mysteries.
My own web site, with links to columns I've written about books, reading lists by genre of books too good to put down, and my guide to finding out of print books (listed below).
*Book Lists and Bibliographies http://www.waterborolibrary.org/bklista.htm
Molly williams' thorough guide to reading lists by genre on the web
*Fiction-L Booklists at Morton Grove Public Library http://www.webrary.org/rs/FLbklistmenu.html
The other prme resource for reading lists, by genre, character type, plot, setting, readalike, etc.
Hennepin County Library - Readers Online - If You Like... http://www.hclib.org/pub/books/iyl/
Search with an author's name or a keyword
LII Subject Guide for Mysteries http://lii.org/search/file/mysteries
A guide to booklists and bibliographies, famous characters, history of the genre, author interviews, reviews, mystery reading groups, and more.
Reviews of Books.com http://www.reviewsofbooks.com/
"we've attempted to ... track down book reviews that are available for everyone on the internet, without having to register or pay to read them. ... We try to find full-length reviews of books that help the reader gather the information they seek to determine if the book is worth their money or not."
Discussion Groups and Guides
Creating a Great Book Group http://www.multcolib.org/guides/bookgroup/index.html
How one library supports reading groups.
"The online community for reading groups."
Bartleby.com - Great Books Online http://www.bartleby.com/
E-Book Library at the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/ebooks/ebooklist.html
Over 1800 public domain titles formatted for HTML, MS Reader and Palm
Internet Public Library - Reading Room http://www.ipl.org/div/reading/
Online books, newspapers and magazines from around the world. Also visit IPL's KidSpace and TeenSpace while you're at it.
New York Times: First Chapters http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/chapters/index.html
Allows you to sample hundreds of book excerpts, arranged alphabetically by author, both fiction and nonfiction.
Online Books Page http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/
Over 20,000 texts.
Poetry Daily, a new poem every day http://www.poems.com/
Serious contemporary poetry. Each day's poem comes with a profile of the poet and a featured book.
Book Finding Tools
AddALL Books search and price comparison http://www.addall.com/
How To Find Out of Print Books http://marylaine.com/bookbyte/getbooks.html
I've just updated this page on strategies and resources, which librarians are free to copy and hand out to their patrons.
Stump the Bookseller http://www.logan.com/loganberry/stump.html
Can't remember anything but the plot of a cherished book? For $2 you can submit a question. For free, you can offer suggestions and view the solved mysteries.
Online Commentary and Magazines
Arts & Letters Daily http://www.aldaily.com/
Links to a nice selection of current commentary, book reviews, debate, drawn from a wide selection of magazines and newspapers.
Arts Journal: Daily Arts News http://www.artsjournal.com/
Book Magazine http://www.bookmagazine.com/
Selected articles, author interviews and reviews from the magazine.
Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal which allows you to search editorial and opinion pages from over 600 publications around the world, and over 200 Letters to the Editor pages.
The BookHive http://www.bookhive.org/
The Find a Book section has a nice selection of book recommendations by topic/genre.
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/allreviewed.html
Reviews of children's books, arranged by author, title, and grade-level.
Database of Award-winning Children's Literature http://www.dawcl.com/
Guys Read http://guysread.com/
Author Jon Scieszka's campaign to convince boys that reading is cool.
International Children's Digital Library http://www.icdlbooks.org/
Over 260 full text children's books.
Kids Lit http://www.greenlakelibrary.org/kidslit/
"Books and more for kids and teens." The new weblog by Tasha Saecker, director at Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake, Wisconsin, includes book reviews and links to relevant web sites and articles.
Reviews, trivia, reading lists, author info, and a chance for young readers to talk about the books they loved.
Kidspace - Internet Public Library - Reading Zone http://www.ipl.org/kidspace/browse/rzn0000
Links for poetry, picture books, myths, comic books, magazines for kids, stories in Spanish and French, etc.
Mrs. Rabbit's Bookbag http://mrsrabbitt.blogspot.com/
a blog by and for children's librarians.
SurLaLune Fairy Tales Site http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/
"A portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring 26 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, and over 1,000 illustrations."
Bettendorf Public Library Teens Page http://www.bettendorflibrary.com/teen/index.htm
"Something for Readers, Something for Writers." Author web sites, opportunities for teen writers, a list of YA books in series, etc.
Booklists for Young Adults on the Web http://www.seemore.mi.org/booklists/index.html
"This index was compiled from the many YA-related web pages created by librarians, educators and others serving young adults."
Guys Read http://guysread.com/
Author Jon Scieszka's campaign to convince boys that reading is cool.
Recommended Graphic Novels for Public Libraries, Selected and Annotated by Steve Raiteri http://my.voyager.net/~sraiteri/graphicnovels.htm
Librarian Steve Raiteri, who selects graphic novels for his own libary, now also reviews graphic novels for Library Journal
TeenLink: for Teen Readers, Writers and Dreamers - NYPL http://www2.nypl.org/home/branch/teen/index.cfm
Notable for its online magazine by teens.
Teenspace, Books & Reading [Cincinnati Public Library] http://teenspace.cincinnatilibrary.org/books/
One of many similar pages created by librians, this offers hot authors and series, award lists, reviews of new books, and a place for teens to submit their own recommendations
Teenspace, Internet Public Library - Books and Writing http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/browse/bw0000/
Pay particular attention to the links to book lists.
IPL says "a site where teens sound off about the books and issues they care about. There is no other online site like this for teens. Through this site we have not only proven that teens are reading --- we also know what they are reading."
Authorlink Resources http://www.authorlink.com/aserv.html
Links to publishers' guidelines, writers' organizations, workshops, contests, editorial services, insights from editors and agents.
Eye on Books: The Writer's Craft http://www.eyeonbooks.com/craft.html
Listen to authors' advice on a variety of topics (plotting, characterization, technique, etc.)
The Market List for Genre Fiction Writers http://www.marketlist.com/
News about the magazine and newspaper publishing business.
Romance Writers of America http://www.rwanational.org/
Romanesko - Your Daily Fix of media industry news, commentary and memos http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America http://www.sfwa.org/
The Scriptorium http://www.thescriptorium.net/
"a virtual room for writers. In each monthly issue you'll find articles, interviews, exercises, book reviews, and more." Lots of free info even for non-members.
*The Writer: The Essential Resource for Writers http://writermag.com/
news, market of the day, selected articles from the magazine, forums, a free e-mail newsletter, etc.
Writers Beware http://www.sfwa.org/beware/
A database of unethical publishers, agents, book doctors, and others who are known to have victimized authors.
*Writers Digest: the 101 Best Sites for Writers http://www.writersdigest.com/101sites/2003_index.asp
Writers Resource Center http://www.poewar.com/
Articles on the craft and business of writing from the producers of Writers' Market and other basic reference works for writers
Writers Write http://www.writerswrite.com/
A pretty thorough set of links.
A writers' community and resource list for romance writers.