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Book Clubs

Annotated lists of online book clubs and book discussions, online resources for off-line book discussions, and some online reading sources.

Provides book club resources including suggestions for fun reading group activities, discussion guides, suggested reading lists, reviews, summaries and favorite book club books as well as some free online literature courses.

Reading Group Choices
Book discussion group guides, new books for discussion, tips for starting a book group and expert advice on running a successful book group.

From The Book Report Network, this site contains a number of reading group guides to enhance book group discussions. Browse by category, book title or author. Guidelines for starting and running a book discussion group can also be found here.

Reader's Circle
An online directory of book clubs and reading groups. Find a book group near you or locate an author to speak with your club.

Book Sellers

Advanced Book Exchange (Abebooks)
Out of print, secondhand and hard-to-find books.

Inventory includes selected titles from the library's Title Wave Used Bookstore.

Search millions of titles including best sellers, award winners, books by subject, and book club suggestions. Explore the International Sites links and view what's popular in the UK and selected countries around the world.

Barnes & Noble
Sign up for Writers Alerts to be notified when your favorite author publishes a new book. Browse Coming Soon to scan titles by release date and subject. Join Book Clubs to chat with writers and other readers.

Scans thousands of book-seller databases to find new, used, rare, and out of print books. Searches run in real time on the collections of the top book vendors and sites online, including Powells, Bibliofind, Amazon.com and Bibliocity.

Compares prices and delivery times among multiple bookstores "without any promotional material, advertising, or publisher-funded results." Search "through nearly three million in-print and just out-of-print books available in the U.S., and occasionally elsewhere" for the title of your choice.


Offers fully searchable full-text editions of reference titles and classic works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Offers fully searchable full-text editions of classic works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and some reference titles. Includes the complete plays of Shakespeare and major titles from Austen, Dickens, Twain, Freud, Benjamin Franklin and host of other English language authors.

Electronic Text Center
Provides access to scholarly indexes, bibliographies, reference materials, electronic texts and multimedia.  Includes the Modern English Collection (AD 1500-present), the Middle English Collection (written in Middle English language), Early American Fiction, religious texts and materials in foreign languages. From the University of Virginia.

Google Book Search
Search and preview millions of books and magazines from libraries and publishers worldwide.  If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.  Also provides links to libraries that hold the book.

Internet Archive: Text Archive
Contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.

Internet Classics Archive
Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

LibriVox offers access to free downloadable audiobooks available in the public domain. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.

The Online Books Page
Lists over 25,000 online books that can be searched by title, author or subject. Site includes the full text of many literary award winners and banned books and provides links to electronic (ebook) sites.

Project Gutenberg
Fine literature digitally re-published: from Alice in Wonderland to the Bible to Shakespeare. Full-text literary works online to read, use and search.


A book review search engine designed to help you find the kind of book you're looking for.

Based on the Book
A compilation of "over 800 book titles, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures." Searchable by title or author of book, short story, or play, title of movie, or the year of its release.

Features hundreds of reviews of fiction and nonfiction books each month.

Contains information on contemporary fiction and nonfiction.

Books N Bytes
Ideal site for determining the order of any given series. Focuses on mystery, science fiction/fantasy, and juvenile literature.

A directory of book-related sites on the web.

R.R. Bowker's site with links to a wide variety of book-related sites and information, including Publisher's Weekly, awards, author tours, publishers, bestseller lists, and review sources.

Fiction bibliographies, reviews, links to author Web sites, a pseudonym directory, series listings, and more.

Fiction Review Source
Links to reviews of current fiction in various newspapers. Arranged by date.

Provides reviews of novels in a variety of genres including, crime, science fiction, adventure, thrillers, romance, fantasy, horror, paranormal, historical fiction, westerns, and romance.

If You Like...
Search by author or subject for recommendations in your favorite fiction area. This site is maintained by the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota.

LibraryJournal.com Reviews of Genre Fiction
Evaluations of the latest mysteries, thrillers, romances, science fiction, fantasy, and more from Library Journal.

An online service to help people catalog their own books. Create your own virtual card catalog, share your favorite reads and meet like-minded book lovers.

MGPL Webrary Booklist Index
Check out this site from Morton Grove Public Library for quick and helpful lists of books or authors within a genre (mystery, romance, sci fi, suspense), with a specific theme or authors with similar styles.

The Online Literary Criticism Collection
Over 2500 critical and biographical web sites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, title, nationality and literary period.

A site for ravenous readers. Includes lists of nonfiction, fiction and mystery books which received starred reviews, themed booklists, featured titles lists and hot lists of hard cover US fiction releases. A volunteer project from the Chesterfield County (VA) Public Library.

What's Next
Search adult fiction in series.

Allows readers to find books that match their mood. Search for books by genre, type and types of characters, plots and settings.


Stop, You're Killing Me!
Lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy and suspense books can browse authors' works by date and series. Find read-a-likes for favorite authors, select a character by job, location or historical period, and scan the new hardback and paperback releases.


All About Romance
Lovers of romance novels contribute reviews, write original commentary and use message boards to explore the genre. Special features include author read-a-likes, reader polls, Desert Island Keepers and topical lists, from Beta Heroes to Unrequited Love.

Romantic Times
Reviews and ratings of romance books, author listings, favorites and awards.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

The online version of Locus, "the newspaper of the science fiction field," this site contains reviews of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

SF Site
Science Fiction book reviews, author interviews, and links to Author and Fan Tribute sites