Internet Resources for Book Lovers

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In addition to the print resources created by our Reference Department staff, there are several Internet resources you might want to take a look at when you're in the mood to find something good to read. Below are a few of our favorites.

Advanced Book Exchange (abebooks) - a service for out of print books ("because you read") -- the "ebay" of books.

Alibris Books -- Over 50 million used, new and out-of-print books! You'll find it at Alibris.

All About Romance — a good site for romance readers, providing reviews, interviews, discussion, and even a "Purple Prose Parody."

AllReaders.com -- Choose from hundreds of plot, theme, character, and setting options to find just what you're looking for. Search by author, or do a detailed search and use the drop-down menu options and check-boxes to specify plot types, historical period, and many other options. You can even enter reviews of books you've read, and become an "All Readers Scholar."

Amazon.com Books Online is a full-service bookstore where you can order books online and have them shipped to your home. They provide several interesting services, allowing readers and critics to attach their own reviews to the book and selling books at a substantial discount. They also will recommend books to you and have lists of award-winning books. This site is well worth a look.

AwardWeb: Collections of Literary Award Information is an informative site that provides information about many different book awards, as well as lists of the books that have won them. Its main focus is science fiction and fantasy awards, but information about and links to awards in several other genres are also included.

BookBrowse -- This site provides free excerpts from current books and bestsellers, so you can read a bit and decide if you want to read the whole book. Search by category, title, author, or bestseller. Reading guides, author biographies and interviews, and book reviews are also included. Sign up here for a free weekly e-mail update of new and recommended books!

BookFinder — This "book shopping search engine" scans the databases of multiple booksellers all at once, to find new, used, or out of print books. An excellent service for people trying to track down a hard-to-find or rare book!

Book Page is the Web page of BookPage magazine, a national review magazine that helps people select books to read and learn more about the people who wrote them. Features include current reviews as well as archives; a Feature of the Week; and information about Oprah’s book club. The reviews are informative and very well-written.

Book Wire bills itself as "the first place to look for book information on the World Wide Web." This site includes information about author tours, links to several book review publications, other book-related sites on the Web, publisher information, and more.

Children's Literature Web Guide - an excellent source of information about children's and young adult literature

Curled Up with a Good Book is a cozy site that includes fiction, non-fiction, and speculative book reviews.

Fantastic Fiction -- Search for authors or books, series information and more. Includes fantasy, horror and science fiction.

Fiction DB -- Includes information about romance, mysteries and westerns. It's a searchable database of authors and titles that includes series information, reviews, pseudonym information, and more.

Publishers Weekly Bestseller List -- This list is updated weekly. We print the information out each week, and post it for our patrons so they'll know what the current bestsellers are, and whether we have them at our library.

Western Writers of America -- Find out about Spur Award-winning Westerns, or read the online version of Roundup, the WWA's magazine (which includes reviews of current Western releases).


Reading Group Guides

Book clubs have become very popular over the last few years, which isn't very surprising. When people read a good book, they want to share it! Some book clubs even have their own Web site.

The Reading Group Guides site is excellent -- it has over 400 reading group guides and you can sign up for a monthly newsletter with information on the latest books and reading guides they have added.

Sometimes it's helpful to have a list of questions to get the discussion going about a book. Several publishers and web sites have kindly created reading guides:

The Fort Smith Public Library has a variety of book clubs which meet at the library on a regular basis. One meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:15a.m. at the Main Library. The Dallas Branch Book Club meets the second Friday of each month at 2:00p.m. at the Dallas Branch. The local chapter of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:15p.m. If you are looking for a place to come to talk about the books you are reading and hear about what others are reading, you might enjoy attending one of these.


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