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Reader's Advisory

Book Clubs

Starting & Running a Book Club

The websites below offer tips on organizing and running book groups.
Book Club How to's
Information on starting a book club from the Seattle Public Library. Includes tips on choosing and reading books for discussion as well as suggestions for leaders.
Book Group Buzz
Created by Booklist, this blog has entries on suggested book titles including read alikes, organizational tips, and reading guides.
Book Group Corner
from Random House
Book the Writer
Agency that represents over sixty authors who are willing to attend your book club for a fee of $750. Currently only in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but looking to expand geographically.
Knopf Doubleday: Discussion Resources
See also their Group Talk
Poets.org: Poetry Book Club
Discussion guides from the Academy of American Poets on specific poets (Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman) and reading poetry in general (e.g. How to Read a Poem, How to Start a Poetry Book Club, Book Recommendations from famous poets).




Book Discussion Guides

The websites below provide discussion guides for individual titles. If you are looking for a good book to discuss in your reading group, you will enjoy browsing through these websites. Some have tips and ideas for organizing or reenergizing your group.
Book & Film Club Guides
From PBS Masterpiece. "These Book & Film Club Guides are organized by author or title. Click on the "+" to download the PDFs and find related links from our archives. As indicated, some guides encompass several works by the same author."
Book Clubs
From Amazon.com
Book Discussion Guides
Discussion questions, information about the author, reviews, and other items of interest on dozens of titles. Provided by Member Libraries of the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS).
HarperCollins Reading Guides
Browse reading guides which include brief summaries of books and discussion questions.
Hachette Guide Archives
Includes Book Club Reading Guides, Educator Guides, Kids Reading Guides, and Teens Reading Guides.
Knopf Doubleday: Reading Group Guides
LitLovers: Reading Guides
"Our 1,500 LitGuides include Discussion Questions, Book Reviews, Author Bios, and Plot Summaries." Search or browse.
Macmillan Reading Guides
Click on the Bonus icon to access reading guide.
Penguin Classics Reading Guides
"Penguin's new series of Reading Guides will enhance your reading experience and stimulate group discussions. The guides include enlightening introductions that set the works within a historical and literary context." Select a guide by title and then scroll down that guide's page to see the introduction and related suggested questions.
Random House Book Club Center
Reading Group Guides
Scholastic Discussion Guides
"Enrich your book discussion group with these guides. They can be used in various settings - whether in a classroom, library, bookstore, or at home." Search or browse.
Simon & Schuster: Reading Guides
W. W. Norton: Reading Guides
Non-Fiction (Biography, Memoir, History, Science), and Fiction.




Local Information

Book Discussions at Middletown Thrall Library
Local Book Discussion Groups
Middletown Thrall Library Catalog




Awarded Books & Literary Works

ALA Book and Media Awards and Notable Mentions
From the American Library Association. Includes Best Books for Young Adults, Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Outstanding Reference Sources.
Awarded Books in the Library Catalog
Awarded books in the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) library catalog.
The Audies: Audiobook Awards
"Awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA)." Categories include: Audiobook of the Year, Fiction, History, Humor, Inspiration/Faith-Based Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Drama, Audiobook Adaptation, Nonfiction, Biography/Memoir, Business/Educational, Children's Audiobooks, Classic Audiobook, and more.
Barnes and Noble Discover Awards
"Since 1990, a group of Barnes and Noble booksellers has met seasonally to select the best forthcoming new work by debuting and under-appreciated writers."
Bestsellers in the Library Catalog
Bestselling books and authors in the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) library catalog.
BookPrizeInfo
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
"More than fifty short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O'Connor Award series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership."
List of Literary Awards
International literary award information. From Wikipedia: please note their disclaimer.
The Man Booker Prize and Man Booker International Prize
"The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The Man Booker International Prize, awarded every two years, recognises one writer for their achievement in fiction. This prize was first awarded in 2005."
National Book Awards
Current and past winning titles from the National Book Foundation.
National Book Critics Circle
"The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature." See NBCC's current list of winners at this website. Past winners and finalists are listed at this link.
The Nebula Awards
"The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story eligible for that year's award."
Nobel Prize for Literature
Current and past winners
PEN American Center - PEN Literary Awards
"For over 50 years, PEN American Center has honored some of the most outstanding voices in literature." Includes: PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Awards for Drama, PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography, and other awards.
The PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories
Current winners as listed by Random House. See also their Author Spotlight page (http://www.randomhouse.com/anchor/ohenry/spotlight/). Past winners are listed at Wikipedia (please note Wikipedia's disclaimers).
Poetry Awards
Award-winning poets, Poets Laureate, poems, anthologies, poetry collections.
Pulitzer Prize Winners
View current and past winners and finalists.
State and Regional Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Directory of websites provided by The Horn Book.
The 3 Apples Book Award
"A New York State Children's Choice Award, jointly sponsored by the Youth Services Section and the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association."




Bestseller Lists

Amazon's Bestsellers
Bestselling books at Amazon. By clicking on categories to the left, you can create lists for subsections like Large Print, Romance, and Mysteries and Thrillers.
Barnes and Noble
Top 100 titles selling this hour.
Bestsellers in the Library Catalog
Bestsellers and awarded book lists with direct links to items available in the library catalog for Middletown Thrall Library and the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS).
Bookspot.com: Bestsellers
Directory of links to current bestseller lists including list by genre.
Indie Bestseller Lists
From the American Booksellers Association. Also available are downloadable current and past bestseller lists.
National Public Radio (NPR) Bestseller Lists
Hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction. "The NPR Bestseller Lists are produced in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide."
The New York Times: Bestsellers Lists
Current bestsellers, including hardcover fiction, nonfiction, children's books, paperback trade fiction, mass-market and paperback fiction, graphic books, hardcover and paperback business best sellers, and bestselling eBooks.
Publisher's Weekly Bestsellers
Small Press Distribution's Poetry Bestsellers
List of the top poetry books sold by Small Press Distribution per month, from January 2007 to the Present.
USA Today Best-Selling Books Database
Top 150 titles based on sales.




Book Lists

Suggested readings, thematic lists, and more













All Time Most Popular Books

OCLC Top 1000
"OCLC Research has updated its list of the top 1,000 titles owned by member libraries -- the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the 'purchase vote' of libraries around the globe." List provided by the Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Wikipedia: Best-selling Single-volume Books and Book Series of All Time
Please note Wikipedia's disclaimer.




Books Made into Movies

Based on the Book
Described as "a compilation of over 1,250 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. Utilizing the Internet Movie Database as the authority, all movies in this collection have been released as feature-length films in the United States, in English, since 1980." Browse by movie title, the film's year of release, book title, or author.
Book Reporter: Books into Movies
Up to date news on which books are being made into movies. Includes movie/book synopsis, cast, director and release date.
KidsReads.com: Books into Movies
Up to date news on children's books being made into movies. Includes synopsis of book/movie, cast, director, and release date.
Literary and Dramatic Readings and Adaptations
A searchable database from University of California, Berkeley.
Movies Inspired by Books
A printable list from Middletown Thrall Library. PDF format.
TeenReads.com: Books into Movies




Awarded Books and Bestsellers

Awarded Books
Lists of winners.
Bestsellers
New York Times and other lists of best-selling books.
Beyond the Bestsellers
Discover fresh and interesting books and authors not necessarily found on bestseller lists.
Factmonster: Lists of the Best-Selling Children's Books of All Time




"Best" and "Greatest" Books Lists

Discover Magazine: 25 Greatest Science Books of All Time
Good Reads: Best Books of 2013
Featuring "the winners of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers." Earlier lists: 2012, 2011, 2010.
Great Books Lists
Includes: "100 Most Influential Books Ever Written" by Martin Seymour-Smith, "Great Books of the Western World" by Mortimer Adler, "The Western Canon: The Theocratic Age, Aristocratic Age, Democratic Age, Chaotic Age" by Harold Bloom.
Modern Library: 100 Best Nonfiction Titles
Modern Library: 100 Best Novels
National Geographic Adventure Magazine: Extreme Classics - The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2013's Great Reads
"Choose your own adventure! Use the categories below to search through more than 200 standout titles selected by NPR staff and critics. (You can also combine categories!) Then click on the books' covers to find out why we love them." Previous lists: Best Books of 2012, Best Books of 2011, Best Books of 2010, Best Books of 2009, Best Debut Fiction of 2009, Nancy Pearl's "2009 Under-The-Radar Books" list.
The New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2013
Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and biography. Earlier lists: 100 Notable Books of 2012, 100 Notable Books of 2011, 100 Notable Books of 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003.
100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
Top young adult (YA) fiction selections as voted upon by readers at NPR.org (National Public Radio). List produced August 2012.
Oprah: The Best Books of 2013
Earlier lists: 2012, 2011, 2010.
The Reading List
"The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them." Lists from 2008 to the present can be found in the left hand column. From the American Library Association.
The 10 Best Top 100 Book Lists
A compilation of several top 100 book lists from across the web, ranging from popular fiction, to nonfiction, to the classics. From BookRiot.com.
Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books
"The winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles." From National Public Radio (NPR).




Controversial & Censored Books

Banned and Challenged Classics
From the American Library Association (ALA).
Banned Books Online
A list of censored and challenged books. From the Online Books Page, University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
List of Books Banned by Governments
List from Wikipedia (please note their disclaimers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:General_disclaimer).
Most Frequently Challenged Books
Includes: Top Ten Frequently Challenged Book Lists, 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books by Decade, Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century, an an extended list of books banned or challenged from 2004 to the current year. From the American Library Association (ALA).




General Book Lists - Multiple Topics/Themes

Books that Shaped America
From the Library of Congress. For more about this list, please see the Library of Congress' press release.
NPR Special Series: My Guilty Pleasure
This resource presents recommendations for addictive reads.
NPR Special Series: This Week's Must Read
This special series from NPR presents a list of book reviews and suggestions based on current events.
RCLS Book Lists and Bookmarks
Genres include adventure, British mysteries, classic mystery, romance, science fiction, and more.
What We're Reading
"'What We're Reading' brings you our book team's picks of the most interesting new fiction and nonfiction releases, along with candid comments from our reporters, hosts and staff." From National Public Radio (NPR).
Wikipedia: Book Lists
Thematic lists of writings. Please note Wikipedia's disclaimer. Also see their Literature Lists page.




Literary Lists

Classic Literature: Books and Reading Lists
Includes: Adventure Memoirs - Nonfiction, Adventure Novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Books, African-American Anthologies, Agatha Christie Collections, American Literature Anthologies, American Novels: 1901-1910, American Puritans - Collections and Studies, Animal Collections, Anthologies of Irish Writing, Arthurian Myth and Legend in Literature, AudioBooks: Great Writers Speak, Awakening Books, Banned Classics and Plays, Book Collecting and Price Guides, 16th-Century Literature, 19th-Century Women Writers, American Naturalism, Atlantis Mythology, Chinese Literature, Christmas stories, Dragons, Easter, Famous Fictional Heroines, First Loves, Fools, Freedom and Liberty, Gothic Literature, Holocaust Literature, Jewish American Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Mexican Literature, Mothers in Literature, Native Americans, Pirates, Protests, Slave Narratives, Thanksgiving, J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythology, Vampires, Books Made Into Movies, Jane Austen books and movie adaptations, New York in literature, and MUCH more. From About.com.
Great Books Lists
Literary classics, epics, and other famous and influential works of world literature. Includes Harold Bloom's Western Canon, Eastern and World Canons, Contemporary Canon, Other Lists and Indexes of Great Books.
Literary Classics
Browse by author or title/genre/books. Book lists include fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction. Directory by Middletown Thrall Library.




Mysteries

Independent Mystery Booksellers Association: The DILYS AWARD
Listing of the winners of the DILYS award since 1996, which recognizes the most popular mystery titles among booksellers.
Stop, You're Killing Me
All things for mystery lovers. What order is the series? What time period? Did it win an award? Where does it take place? Search by author or character names.




New Writers and Forthcoming Books

Beyond the Bestsellers
Booklovers Blog
Browse New Books Visually
New Books
Upcoming lists of new and notable authors/titles.




Poetry Books

Best American Poetry Archive
Lists of poems and poets appearing in the yearly Best American Poetry anthology. Browse by year back to 1988.

See also these items in the library catalog:
Poetry Reading Recommendations
"Poets.org has asked a number of poets, including previous Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, to list a few poetry books that they would recommend to others. The selections that came in include influential volumes, books returned to over and over, must-reads, and books frequently recommended to students or new poetry readers." From the Academy of American Poets. [Technical note: their top navigational links may not work. Scroll down page for full list of suggestions.]
Popular Poetry Books
A ranked list of popular poets, books of poerty, and poetry collections as voted upon by members of the Goodreads community.
Reading Lists
Recommended poems and poets from the Harriet, a blog of The Poetry Foundation (publisher of Poetry magazine).






Summer Reading Lists

for Local Schools


Some readings lists are in the Adobe Reader PDF format.

(Looking for summer/beach reads instead? Click here!)



Harmony Christian Schools

Harmony Christian Middle School - Summer Reading 2014-2015
Harmony Christian High School - Summer Reading 2014-2015





Middletown City School District

Maple Hill Elementary - Suggested Summer Reading
Published 2013.
Middletown High School - Suggested Summer Reading
Published 2014.
Monhagen Middle School - Suggested Summer Reading
Published 2013.
Presidential Park Elementary - Suggested Summer Reading
Published 2014.
Truman Moon Elementary - Suggested Summer Reading
Published 2013.
Twin Towers Middle School - Suggested Summer Reading
Published 2014.
William A. Carter Elementary - Suggested Summer Reading
Published 2013.





John S. Burke High School

John S. Burke High School - Summer Reading 2014 Assignments





Newburgh Schools

Newburgh Enlarged City School District (K - 12 lists): Summer Reading Lists
Scroll down their page for reading lists by grade.





Pine Bush Schools

Pine Bush School District - Summer Reading Lists (2014-2015)





Port Jervis

Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School Elementary School - Summer 2014 Reading List
Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School - Summer 2014 Reading List
Port Jervis Middle School - Summer 2014 Reading List
Port Jervis High School - Summer 2014 Reading List





Valley Central Schools

Valley Central Middle School - Summer 2014 Reading Packet
Valley Central High School - Summer 2014 Reading Packet



For more schools, please see Local Information: Local School Districts.
(regular Book Lists continue below)



Regional Reads & Travels

52 Great Reads About Great Places
A list of children's books "representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands." From the Library of Congress.
The 86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time
From Conde Nast Traveler. "Chosen by a literary all-star jury that included: Monica Ali, Vikram Chandra, Jared Diamond, Peter Mayle, John McPhee, Francine Prose, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, and more."
Fiction-L Book Lists - Settings-Based Lists
"Compiled by the subscribers of the Fiction_L mailing list." Some examples include:
Hard Boiled Gazetteer
These annual articles from Booklist by Bill Ott highlight crime fiction. Each article focuses on a particular city or region with many suggestions of titles, authors and series. The link above leads you to the Academic OneFile database page (available at the library and also to members of Thrall at home). When the database search page appears after you log in, search for "hard-boiled gazetteer" (copy and paste this for best results) to read all the "Hard-Boiled Gazetteer" articles from the current year back to 1997.
Library Book Lists: Travel Fiction/ Fiction of Place
A collection of links to book lists for fiction "whose geographical setting is important to the story."




Summer Reading - Fun & Beach Reads

AARP: 2014 Summer Books Preview
"Beach-Bag Books for Grownups"
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
"The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Three Summer Reading book lists are available for K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th grade students."
Beyond the Bestsellers: Summer 2014 Edition
Middletown Thrall Library's summer selections feature interesting books and authors not necessarily found on bestseller lists.
CNN: Authors' Choice: Beach Reads of 2014
Earlier selections: 2013, 2012.
Booklovers Blog: June 2014 Titles
Books to Read Before the Summer Blockbuster Movies Come Out (2014)
Eight books: The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, and more. From Oprah.com.
Future Title Watch:
June 2014 Titles
July 2014 Titles
August 2014 Titles
New York State Summer Reading Program: "Fizz Boom Read" (2014)
See also:
The New York Times: A Critic's Survey of Summer Books" (May 22, 2014)
Earlier lists: 2013, 2012, 2011
NPR: Book Your Trip - Summer 2014 Selections
"Let us transport you: by train, plane, car, bike, boat, foot, city transit, horse, balloon, rocket ship, time machine and even the odd giant peach. (Taxes and fees not included)." Earlier lists: 2013, 2012, 2011.
Oprah: 21 Books You Must Read Before Summer Ends (2014) (2014)
"Whether you're on vacation or need a vacation from your vacation, you'll be swept away by these extraordinary new releases, ranging from hilarious to harrowing, girly to gritty, highbrow to high octane." Oprah Book Club selections. Earlier lists: 2013, 2012.
Parade: Looking for a Beach Read? 20 of the Summer's Best Books (2014)
From Parade magazine. Earlier selections: 2013, 2012, 2011
Poems for Summer
Selected poetry from the Academy of American Poets.
Publishers Weekly: Best Summer Books 2014
Previous lists: 2013, Summer 2012
Student Summer Reading Lists
For local area school districts.
Summer Poems
Selected by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine.
USA Today: Heat Up Your Summer with 30 New Books (2014)
Earlier selections: 2013, 2012.




Women's History & Literature

National Collaborative for Women's History Sites: Women's History Bibliographies
This resource presents two comprehensive bibliographies containing some of the most important texts on women's history, as suggested by experts on the subject.
Women's Studies and Women's History Month
Lists of suggested books available in the Ramapo Catskill Library System.




Young Readers and Young Adults

Young Readers
Adolescent Literacy: Book Lists
"Our themed booklists offer help in finding books that suit both teens' interests and reading abilities." From AdLit.org.
Best Books for Kids
"Best books: our recommendations for families." Includes thematic reading lists for children, teens, young adults. From Common Sense Media.
Children's Books
Lists and reviews.
Children's Library Catalog
Thrall's catalog for children and parents. Browse books, picture books, and other items by topic. Also explore famous persons, classic children's authors, Caldecott and Newbery winners, book reviews, and more.
Children's Poetry
"Each month, Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis recommends a book of children's poetry." From The Poetry Foundation. See also their Articles on Children's Poetry.
Recommended Books for Kids by Theme
Lists from Reading Rockets.

Young Adults

Book Lists & Reviews
Best Fiction for Young Adults
Current and past selections from American Library Association's (ALA) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). See also their Best Books for Young Adults lists.
Booklists: Young Adult Fiction Lists
If You Like The Glass Castle
"Here are several inspiring memoirs of people who have survived extremely abusive and difficult childhoods, yet who have found success in their adult lives. The stories are grim but inspiring."
Keepin' It Real
A printable list of Urban Lit titles for teens with suggestions for appropriate ages. Requires Adobe. From the Ocean County Library. Adobe PDF format.
NPR: Young Adult Books
Book reviews from National Public Radio.
Reading Rants!
A blog featuring book reviews for young adults. Site is self-described as "a group of booklists for those of you teens out there who need a good read, but are wondering if there's life after Judy Blume and Brian Jacques."
Riveting YA Family Memoir Books
Stuff for the Teen Age
Reading, music, and more recommendations from New York Public Library. Categories include: "(Bad) Romance, Deal With It, For Real, Freaks and Geeks, Freaky Chaos, Kick A$$, Mystery, New York, ROTFL, Zombies, Werewolves & Ghosts (Vampires are so 2008!)." Also check out NYPL's Teen blog.
Teen Space Booklists
Teenreads
Reviews of new books for young adults.
Urban Fiction for Teens
Suggestions from Grand Rapids Public Library. Links into their catalog.
Young Adults' Choices
"Since 1987, the Young Adults' Choices project has developed an annual list of new books that will encourage adolescents to read. The books are selected by the readers themselves, so they are bound to be popular with middle and secondary school students." From the International Reading Association.
Young Adult Library Catalog
Thrall's own library catalog page for young adults. Includes instant access to teen favorite books and authors (fiction and nonfiction), ALA "best" and awarded books for teenagers, reviews, and much more.
Young Adult Memoirs
Young Adults and Teens Books Lists
Amazing Audiobooks, Best Books for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels, Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Popular Paperbacks, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Teens' Top Ten. From the American Library Association (ALA) / Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Also see their Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults page.
Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels





Book Reviews

All About Romance
Subtitled "the back-fence for lovers of romance novels", this website contains reviews, lists of suggested titles, and information on romance authors and publishers.
The Barnes and Noble Review
Book reviews, author interviews, essays, an archive of past reviews, and more.
Book Verdict
"Book Verdict is the new home for hundreds of thousands of expert reviews from the most trusted voices in the library community, updated on a weekly basis. Browse over 300,000 reviews of books and media from Library Journal, School Library Journal,Horn Book Magazine and Horn Book Guide‚ including starred reviews, Best lists and Junior Library Guild selections‚ all in one place using this powerful collection development resource. Using flexible search and filtering tools, users can quickly find exactly what they need, share reviews and lists via email and social media, and even purchase products via online retailers. Book Verdict is fully accessible to all users, though certain content and functionality are only available to subscribers."
Booklist Online
"Reviews and articles on our home page are free to all. You can also do a quick search to see some of the 130,000 books, e-books, audiobooks, videos, and online databases we've reviewed. To read full text of all reviews and features, you'll need to log in, subscribe, or take a free trial."
Fantasy Book Review
"Fantasy Book Review is dedicated to reading and reviewing the very best fantasy books for children and adults (both young and old). Featuring interviews, the latest fantasy news, audio-book reviews and competitions we aim to provide fantasy fans around the world with a useful, interesting and informative guide to the genre."
ForeWord Reviews
Described as an "online review service for readers, booksellers, book buyers, publishing insiders, and librarians." ForeWord Reviews features independently published works of fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetry, comic books, graphic novels, and more.
Genrefluent
Blog format. Book articles and reviews, featured Books of the Week. From the author of Genreflecting.
Kirkus Reviews
"Founded in 1933, Kirkus reviews more than 500 pre-publication books each month, including fiction, nonfiction, children's and young-adult books. Our reviews are a trusted and authoritative decision-making tool, crafted by specialists selected for their knowledge and expertise in a particular field."
Library Journal: Book Reviews (Fiction, Nonfiction)
"Find impartial library book reviews on new and prepublication books, best-sellers, fiction, non-fiction, literature, reference and more from Library Journal."
Locus Online
News, reviews, resources and perspectives of the science fiction field.
The Mystery Reader
A collection of signed reviews of current mysteries with rankings from "outstanding' to "don't bother." New reviews are arranged by subgenres, older reviews are browsable by author. Reviews also given violence ratings - nonviolent, standard and graphic.
New York Journal of Books
"The New York Journal of Books Reviewer Panel consists of a growing team of talented and experienced reviewers whose expertise and credentials are unique among exclusively online book reviews. This panel includes bestselling and award-winning authors, journalists, experienced publishing executives, tenured academics, as well as highly experienced professionals across a number of disciplines and industries." Free registration is required for certain sections of their website as well as their newsletter.
New York Review of Books
Electronic version of the newspaper. Contains in-depth reviews from well-known critics of both fiction and nonfiction. Although you are able to search through the complete archives back to 1963, only several hundred reviews are available for free.
New York Times Book Review
Archives of reviews back to 1981. Includes links to many first chapters.
New York Times: Book Review Podcast
Audio broadcasts from the NYT in MP3 format.
Poetry Reviews
"This is the Tumblr blog of the Publishers Weekly Poetry Reviews section, edited by Craig Morgan Teicher. You'll find news about upcoming PW poetry reviews, features, interviews, and links to goings-on around PoetryTown."
Publishers Weekly
Includes: audio books, children's, comics, fiction, nonfiction, religion, and "Web-exclusive" reviews.
The Romance Reader
Three thousand reviews of contemporary romance. New reviews are categorized by subgenre.
Street Fiction: Author Interviews, News, and Reviews of Urban Books
"Street Fiction is dedicated to reviewing street fiction, also known as urban fiction, street lit, or gangsta fiction." Includes lists of authors, urban literature themes, publishers, and related information.
Times Literary Supplement
The electronic version of the well-known literary paper, has current reviews of fiction and nonfiction. Nonfiction is arranged by subject. Archives are available with a paid subscription.
Xpress Reviews
"Web-First reviews of books and media, including e-original/e-exclusive titles." From Library Journal.



Children's Books

Bookfinder
"Find books recommended by your favorite PBS KIDS programs." Provided by PBS Parents.
Children's Classics: A Guide for Parents
From The Horn Book Magazine. PDF format: view with Adobe Reader.
Children's Picture Book Database
"Our database contains abstracts of over 5000 picture books for children, preschool to grade 3. Search over 900 keywords (topics, concepts, and skills) to locate books with storylines adaptable to your curriculum or program. Teachers, librarians, parents, students, and other professionals love this multidisciplinary, learner-centered resource."
Common Sense Media: Children's Book Reviews for Parents
Offers parents and guardians insight on children's books along with content advisories, family discussion guides, and suggested authors and readings.
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Includes podcasts, news, reviews, recommended titles for children / teens / young adults, an archive of Book of the Week selections (back to 1997), and more.
Horn Book: Recommended Books
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular and Seasonal Topics, Short Stories, and a Monthly Special Booklist archive of thematic reading lists.
International Reading Association: Choices Booklist
"Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the "Choices" booklists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help young readers find books they will enjoy."
Read Kiddo Read
Created by bestselling author James Patterson, this website was designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians find books to inspire reluctant readers to become life long readers. Lots of suggestions are included for every reading level.
Recommended Reading
Lists of best books for children from the librarians at New York Public Library.



Forthcoming Fiction & Nonfiction Lists

The following websites feature upcoming titles and authors. You can click here to check the catalog for titles that interest you and reserve them once they become available.
Amazon.com: New and Upcoming Releases
Barnes & Noble.com Books: Coming Soon Bestsellers
Forthcoming Bestsellers
A list of upcoming titles from the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS).
Future Title Watch
Thrall's own monthly highlights of forthcoming titles
Historical Novel Society
The Historical Novel Society is an organization devoted to the promotion of historical works. This resource provides a list of forthcoming historical novels set in the 1960's and earlier.
Indie Next List
"The Indie Next List, drawn from bookseller-recommended favorite handsells, epitomizes the heart and soul of passionate bookselling. Independent booksellers are and have always been discoverers of the next big thing, the next great read, the next bestseller, and the next undiscovered gem." Provided by the American Booksellers Association
Locus Mag: Forthcoming Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Books
National Public Radio (NPR): New in Paperback
Weekly lists of "outstanding paperback releases."
New York Review of Books
Wikipedia: Upcoming Books



General Reader's Advisories

BookBrowse.com
Read reviews, first chapters, and author interviews here. Browse by genre, and find heaps of information for book clubs.
Bookspace
Hennepin County Library's reader's advisory center provides lists of books by genre and "If you liked" lists for certain titles. It also features an "If you like" search by author which indicates on which genre list(s) an author is included.
Book Spot
A good gateway site for book lovers, Book Spot indexes book links by genre and also provides many different bestseller and awards lists as well as book reviews and literary criticism. Links to online book discussion groups too.
Fantastic Fiction
This is a British website that caters to American fiction. Includes bibliographies of 30,000 authors. Great place to check for forthcoming books by author and genre as well as series titles by author or for series that have more than one contributing author, by title.
Fiction_L Booklists
Book lists compiled by the Fiction-L listserv include books by genre, character, setting and other categories.
Literature
Your guide to literary treasures in the library and on the web. Includes Rediscovering Literature, Classics in the Library Catalog, Literary Reference Materials in Print, and Literature on the Web. Provided by Middletown Thrall Library.
Novelist
Accessible to current Middletown Thrall Library cardholders. A reader's advisory tool for all ages, Novelist helps readers select fiction titles based on a wide selection of criteria. Provides reviews, subject content, and reading levels.
Oprah
She needs no introduction. Her website includes a listing of her popular book club selections and information on past and future shows. Her regular guests often include authors of books.
Overbooked
"Overbooked originals include annotated 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. Established 1994. This site contains large files."



Graphic Novels

A Brief History of the Graphic Novel
Provided by Brodart. Archived website (via Archive.org).
Comics and Graphic Fiction
This research guide provides "helpful links to resources for both students and teachers of the comic arts," including but not limited to primary texts, encyclopedias, research databases, journals, organizations, and other relevant materials on the subject. From the libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Good Comics for Kids
Blog. "An alphabetical list of all the picks from the All Ages Comics and Manga list from the last year. You'll find over 100 titles that were highlighted in comics, graphic novels and manga from the weekly release list." From School Library Journal.
Graphic Novel Reporter
Reviews of graphic novels for all ages (kids, young adults, and adults), blog, illustrators, news, featured authors, and more.
Graphic Novels
Includes: Graphic Novels 101: FAQ, Reading Lessons, Recommended Graphic Novels, and more. From The Horn Book.
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
From the American Library Association.
ipl2: Graphic Novels
History and basics, websites and webcomics, and more.
RCLS eFiles: Graphic Novels
Thrall/RCLS members: explore graphic novels electronically available in the library system and download free ebooks to a computer or ebook reader.
School Library Journal: Graphic Novels
Reviews of new and upcoming titles.



Series and Sequels Advisories

Juvenile Series and Sequels
Series written for or enjoyed by children.
What's Next
By the Kent District Library in Michigan for series searches. What's Next helps you search adult fiction in series. A "series" is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.
YA Books in Series and Sequels
Series written for or enjoyed by teens.






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Online Reading Communities

Authonomy
A community website for readers, writers, and publishers. Developed by HarperCollins. Registration required at Authonomy.com.
Good Reads
Friends, colleagues, and people worldwide sharing their reading interests, commenting on favorite works and authors, and joining groups of readers with similar literary tastes. Registration required at GoodReads.com.
LibraryThing
Readers can share their literary interests with others at this site. Registration required at LibraryThing.com.
RAVES!
Middletown Thrall Library's patrons, staff, and online visitors share reading recommendations and comment on works in the RAVES! database. No registration required.
Shelfari
Shelfari allows you to create a "virtual shelf" where you can display your favorite titles and authors. You can also browse other readers' shelves to discover new works. Registration required at Shelfari.com.

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Publishing Industry

American Booksellers Association (ABA)
The not for profit trade association representing independent booksellers. ABA'S Bookselling This Week contains industry news, features, and the Media Guide which lists books that have been reviewed in print or discussed on the radio or television this week.
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
"The national, nonprofit professional organization for educational publishers and content developers."
The Association of American Publishers (AAP)
"AAP is the trade association for the U.S. book publishers, providing advocacy and communications on behalf of the industry."
Association of American University Presses
AAUP is a not for profit association of university presses. University presses often have access to the best ideas and research produced by the scholarly community.
BookExpo America (BEA)
A book affair described as "the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, and industry professionals anywhere in North America."
The Children's Book Council
Non profit trade association of publishers and packagers of trade books for children and young adults.
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
"The Independent Book Publishers Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association representing independent book publishers. Founded in 1983, it serves book publishers located in the United States and around the world. Its mission is to advance the professional interests of independent publishers. To this end, IBPA provides cooperative marketing programs, education and advocacy within the publishing industry."
The International Publishers Association (IPA)
"The International Publishers Association (IPA) is an international industry federation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing. Established in 1896, IPA's mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness for publishing as a force for economic, cultural and political development."
Literary Market Place
Resource Directory for the domestic and international book publishing industry. You must register to use. Some features require a subscription fee.
National Book Festival
A "Celebration of the Book" from the Library of Congress. Includes: Books That Shaped America, Book Festival Video Webcasts, Book Festival Audio Podcasts, Book Festival Kids and Teachers Guide.
NewPages.com
"News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more." Also includes Literary Magazine Reviews and Writers Resources (blogs, calls for submissions, contests), and more.
Publisher's Weekly
The online version of the international news magazine of the publishing industry.
Publishing Perspectives
"An international online publishing newsletter, Publishing Perspectives delivers daily opinion about the industry from top members of the global publishing community, a look at the innovators and issues who are shaping the future of the business, as well as news and links from around the Web and the world."

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Major Publishers Online

Avon Books
Baen
Ballantine
Bantam Dell
Bloomsbury
DAW
Ecco
Blackwell Publishers
Del Rey
Doubleday
Faber & Faber
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Grand Central Publishing
Harcourt
Harlequin
HarperCollins
Hatchette Book Group USA
Henry Holt and Company
Houghton Mifflin
Hyperion Books
Knopf
Library of America
Little, Brown and Company
Modern Library
Palgrave
Pantheon
Penguin Group
Random House
Scholastic
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
St. Martins
Tor
Viking
Vintage
W. W. Norton & Company
Wiley
William Morrow
Zondervan

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Audiobooks

Audio Publishers Association (APA)
Includes listings of the Audie Award winners. Membership directory includes links to the major audio book publishers.
Audiobooker: A Booklist Blog
Audiobook news, award winners, and lists of best audiobooks. "Mary Burkey, a teacher, librarian, and audiobook addict, writes about listening, learning, and the joy of headsets."
AudioFile: The Magazine for People Who Love Audiobooks
Reviews of audiobooks. Check out the Earphone Award winners. Includes profiles of audiobook narrators and AudioPolis (AudioFile's "top audiobook picks"). Some features require free registration.
Amazing Audiobooks
"An annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults." From the American Library Association (ALA).
SoundCommentary.com: Your Wise Guide to Audiobooks
Hundreds of reviews. Some features require free registration.



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eBooks & eReading

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About eBooks & eReaders - General Information & Considerations

Choosing an eBook Reader
Some things to consider. Thrall publication (Adobe Reader PDF format).
Comparing eBooks & Books
A quick look at the benefits/limits of both formats. Thrall publication (Adobe Reader PDF format).
eBooks & eAudiobooks: A Quick Introduction & Some Tips
Topics include: installing eBook software, searching for eBooks, downloading, and viewing/playing titles. Thrall publication (Adobe Reader PDF format).
eBooks FAQ
Frequent Asked Questions about eBooks.
eBooks Help Pages
Learn how to use, setup, and download RCLS/OverDrive eBooks onto your computer, eReader, tablet, or portable media player device.
Inkmesh
"Ebook search engine to find free ebooks and compare ebook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and more."

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Accessible Books & eBooks

Bookshare
"Bookshare is the world's largest online library of copyrighted content for people with qualifying print disabilities." Some persons might qualify for low-cost or free access.
DAISY Consortium: Tools and Services
"The DAISY Consortium supports and promotes an inclusive publishing ecosystem for everybody, including persons with disabilities." Includes a directory of hardware and software playback tools, text-to-speech synthesizers, and other tools and services for readers and authors.
DAISY Public Domain Books
"To download a title, you must first be a registered user to our website. Once you join, you will have access to all of the titles below. All books are Public Domain materials and are produced in a DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 Text Only Format." From Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB).
Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP)
"Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), in partnership with Bookshare and OverDrive (our technology partner for this site), is pleased to introduce the Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP). If you have a print disability and need accessible eBooks, you may qualify for free membership to LEAP."
LibriVox: Free Public Domain Audiobooks
"LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD." Browse by author, title, topic, genre, or language. You can also search for audiobooks.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
"Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail." From the Library of Congress.
New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL)
"The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) lends audio and braille books and magazines to eligible residents of upstate New York who have a qualifying print disability." Includes information about BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) and Radio Reading Services.
Open Library
"Our goal is to provide a page on the web for every book ever published. At its heart, Open Library is a catalog. The project began in November 2007 and has been inhaling catalog records from some of the biggest libraries in the world ever since. We have well over 20 million edition records online, provide access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books, and link to external sources like WorldCat and Amazon when we can. The secondary goal is to get you as close to the actual document you're looking for as we can, whether that is a scanned version courtesy of the Internet Archive, or a link to Powell's where you can purchase your own copy." Open Library also offers of accessible DAISY eBooks as well as an eBook lending program, through which many titles can be borrowed.
Open Library: Print Disabled Books FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
OpenLibrary.org offers electronic access to both "open" DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) ebooks and "protected" DAISY ebooks.
Reading and Writing - Assistive Technologies for Readers and Authors
Topics include: Visual Tools for Reading Print, Tactile Tools for Reading Print, Auditory Tools for Reading Print, Writing Tools for Visual Readers, Braille Writing Tools, and Writing Tools for Auditory Readers. From the American Federation for the Blind (AFB).

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eReaders Compatible with RCLS/OverDrive eBooks System

Compatible eBook Devices
List of eReaders (eBook readers), computers, MP3 and portable digital audio players from OverDrive.

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eBook Providers (free)


Featured Providers

LibriVox
eAudiobooks. "LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books."
Literature - eBooks and Digital Editions
Download literary classics (novels, plays, poetry, essays, and more).
Open Library
Browse eBooks (public domain texts and other online editions). Not all texts listed are readable online or downloadable. Check "Only search eBooks" to limit your searches to text. You can also browse by topic or author. From Archive.org.
Project Gutenberg
Downloadbable eBooks/eTexts and eAudioBooks. Plain text, HTML, PDF and other editions of literary classics, historical works, nonfiction, and other titles.
Ramapo Catskill Library System: eBooks, eAudiobooks, eVideos
Available to members of Middletown Thrall Library or other libraries within RCLS.

Other Providers

Baen Free Library
Fantasy and science fiction titles. "Baen Books is now making available - for free - a number of its titles in electronic format. We're calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online - no conditions, no strings attached. (Later we may ask for an extremely simple, name and email only, registration.)"
BookBoon.com
"On bookboon.com you can download free ebooks for students and [travel guides for] travelers in PDF format. All the books can be downloaded without registration. Our ebooks are legal and written exclusively for Bookboon. They are financed by a few in-book ads." Note: e-mail address is required (note: consider this and the potential for unwanted e-mail). Advertisements appear within books.
DailyLit
As explained on their About page: "DailyLit sends books in installments via e-mail or RSS feed. We currently offer over 1000 classic and contemporary books available entirely for free or on a Pay-Per-Read basis (with sample installments available for free). You can read your installments wherever you receive e-mail/RSS feeds, including on your Blackberry and iPhone."
Feedbooks
"On Feedbooks you'll discover thousands of public domain books and original books from new authors that you can read on any mobile device." Downloadable etexts are provided in a number of formats (EPUB, Mobipocket, Kindle, PDF, and more).
Forgotton Books
"We are an independent publisher, specializing in historical writings. This includes works such as: classical fiction, philosophy, science, religion, folklore, mythology and sacred texts, in addition to secret and esoteric subjects, such as: occult, freemasonry, alchemy, hermetic and ancient knowledge. We have fiction and non-fiction books in both print and as e-books for download." Note: free editions are only available at low-resolutions, so you might want to locate certain editions at other eBook sources.
FreeTechBooks.com
"Free Online Computer Science and Programming Books, Textbooks, and Lecture Notes."
Google Books
Tip: the Use Advanced Search to locate public domain titles. Select "Full view" to locate books that can be viewed entirely online.
HathiTrust Digital Library
"The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations. HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide." Contains over ten million titles (fiction/nonfiction, literary works, and various other documents/publications), many of them full text and downloadable as eBooks. Search or browse.
International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)
"The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) is a research project funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research to create a digital library of outstanding children's books from all over the world. The project was introduced at an international celebration at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in November 2002. The collection's focus is on identifying materials that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live. The materials in the collection, all presented in the original languages in which they were published, reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world. At the end of the initial research period, it is anticipated that the ICDL collection will include approximately 10,000 materials in at least 100 languages. The ICDL was created by an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Maryland in cooperation with the Internet Archive. Members of the team include computer scientists, librarians, educational technologists, classroom teachers, graphic designers, and graduate students from the University of Maryland's (UMD) College of Information Studies (CLIS) and the UMD Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), a leader in children's interface design."
LearnOutLoud.com
eAudioBooks. "LearnOutLoud.com has scoured the Internet to bring you over 3000 free audio and video titles. This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources. Most audio titles can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3 and most video titles are available to stream online."
NASA e-Books
Space exploration, astronomy, cosmology, and related topics.
National Academies Press
Science, technology, and medicine publications (studies, reports, etc.). "The National Academies - National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council - are committed to distributing their reports to as wide an audience as possible. Since 1994 we have offered 'Read for Free' options for almost all our titles. In addition, we have been offering free downloads of most of our titles to everyone and of all titles to readers in the developing world. We are now going one step further. Effective June 2nd, PDFs of reports that are currently for sale on the National Academies Press (NAP) Website and PDFs associated with future reports will be offered free of charge to all Web visitors."
The Online Library of Liberty
"The Library is where electronic versions of classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, war and peace. They are in a variety of formats - facsimile PDFs so scholars can view the original text, HTML for ease of searching and attractive layout, and text-based PDF EBooks for personal use." Provided by LibertyFund.org.
O'Reilly Open Books
Online editions of select computer, Web / Internet development, and technology books published by O'Reilly. Some titles are no longer in print.
Renascence Editions
Search or browse. Description from website: "An Online Repository of Works Printed in English Between the Years 1477 and 1799. These publications are provided for nonprofit purposes only."
Sesame Street eBooks
Choose from several free ebooks and read them online.
Smashwords
A variety of fiction and nonfiction "ebooks from indie authors and publishers." Many titles are self-published. Browse by genre and click the "Free ebooks" link to view freely available titles in a variety of formats.
WikiBooks
Online texts (mostly nonfiction, many collaborative and developing) available in a variety of languages. Described by WikiBooks as "the open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit." Please note WikiBooks' disclaimers.
World Book Encyclopedia
In World Book Advanced you can read online (and in many cases download) numerous classics and other eBooks through their E-book Center. Available to members of Thrall.

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eReaders

Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble Nook eReader
Kobo Reader
Mobipocket Reader
Sony Reader
Wikipedia: List of E-Book Readers
Note Wikipedia's disclaimers.

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eReader Software

Adobe Digital Editions
Software required for accessing certain OverDrive / RCLS eBooks (EPUB, PDF format).
Amazon Kindle - Free Reading Apps
Software for viewing books Amazon Kindle eBooks on your computer. Versions available for Windows PC, Windows Phone 7, Apple / Mac / iPad, Blackberry, Android. Additional technical information about RCLS eBooks and the Kindle can be found at this link.
Adobe Reader
For viewing PDF formatted eBooks and documents.
Barnes and Noble eReader (PC/Mac)
For viewing books acquired through Barnes and Noble.
OverDrive Media Console
Software required to access audio eBooks (eAudioBooks), music, and videos from the RCLS eBooks catalog.
Sony Reader Library Software
For Sony Reader ebook users. PC or Mac.
Wikipedia: Comparison of E-Book Formats
Note Wikipedia's disclaimers.

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eBook News & Reviews

CNET: E-book Reader Reviews
eReaders.
Consumer Reports: e-Readers
Review of eReaders and related services.
Digital Book World
Electronic publishing news, articles on digital publishers, and more. From F+W Media.
The Digital Shift
eBook news and related news and articles of interest to libraries. Provided by Media Source Inc. / Library Journal / School Library Journal.
Huffington Post: eBooks & eReader News
The New York Times: Books Under Glass: The Many Faces of E-Readers
E-reader reviews (5/31/2012). See also the NYT's E-Book Readers page.
PC World: E-Readers
Publishers Weekly: Digital Content - eBooks
News and articles on eBooks and related publishers, authors, eReaders, and more.

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Authors

Writers, Novelists, Dramatists, Essayists, Poets, and Storytellers
Authors Online
Past and present literary authors on the Internet. Directory from Middletown Thrall Library.
Author Name Pronunciation Guide
"A collection of brief recordings of authors & illustrators saying their names." From TeachingBooks.net.
Author Pronunciations
"Guidance on how to pronounce those tricky author names." From BookBrowse.com.
Book TV
Videos of interviews and speeches featuring "top nonfiction authors" and their books. Adobe Flash required to watch videos (http://www.adobe.com). From C-SPAN.
Booknotes: 800 Nonfiction Authors in Hour-Long Interviews
"For sixteen years, from 1989 to 2004, Booknotes was C-SPAN's signature author-interview program. Focusing exclusively on contemporary nonfiction books, the Booknotes series created an unparalleled television forum for writers of history, biography, politics, and public affairs." Browse by Author or Category. Provided by C-SPAN.
National Public Radio (NPR): Author Interviews
Audio (streaming + MP3 download) and text transcripts.
Open Books Radio
From Booklist editor Donna Seaman, this website offers exclusive author interviews and free downloadable audio files of select editions of Open Books. Adobe Flash is required (http://www.adobe.com).
The Paris Review: Interviews
Featuring poets and writers interviewed from the 1950s to present.
Powell's Books: Author Interviews
Contemporary writers interviewed by used books seller Powell's.
PW Radio
"PW Radio PW editors Rose Fox and Mark Rotella talk to authors and present the latest book and publishing news in this weekly radio program. " From Publishers Weekly.
Reading Rockets: Video Interviews with Renowned Children's Book Authors and Illustrators
Adobe Flash required to watch videos (http://www.adobe.com).
Something about the Author
Biographical and bibliographical information on authors and illustrators of children's and young adult books.

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Bookstores / Sales

Addall.com
This website for book shoppers allows you to check title availability and compare prices at all the major online booksellers.
Advanced Book Exchange
The "world's largest network of independent booksellers" features a database of 22 million listings of used and out-of-print books.
Alibris
Alibris allows you to shop from the inventories of thousands of used booksellers.
Amazon
Amazon features reviews from Booklist and Kirkus.
Barnes & Noble
The online version of Barnes & Noble has reviews from Library Journal and School Library Journal.
Bibliofind
Used and out of print book service with 20 million listings.
Book Sale Manager
Database of book sales and stores run by libraries, library friends groups and others organizations. May be searched by date, size, and location.
Bookbub.com
Bookbub.com is a free daily email alert which sends readers information regarding free or discounted ebooks available for purchase. Members can customize the books they are alerted to by genre or by bookseller.
Bookfinder
Searches catalogs of used book dealers to give you access to 40 million books
Chegg
"From starting as a textbook rental company in 2007 to evolving into the leading network for students, Chegg has become one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups, disrupting - and enhancing - education for millions of students."
IndieBound (formerly Book Sense)
A family of independent booksellers websites. Locate independent book stores by zip code or city. Check out the Book Sense Picks, a monthly selection of eclectic new books chosen by independent booksellers. This is a great place to browse for new titles.

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News

2010 Kids and Family Reading Report
From Scholastic: "New Study on Reading in the Digital Age: Parents Say Electronic, Digital Devices Negatively Affects Kids' Reading Time." Published September 29, 2010. PDF format. Previous reading studies from 2006 and 2008 are also available.
Alltop Books News
Headlines and updates from various literary news sources and blogs.
Book Reporter
News and other features about upcoming titles and their authors. Part of the Book Report Network, which also includes such sites as Author Yellow Pages, Teen Reads, and Reading Group Guides
National Public Radio (NPR): Book News and Author Interviews
The New York Times - select a news section:
Books
Book Trade
Poetry and Poets
Reading and Writing Skills
Writing and Writers
NewPages.com
"News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more." Includes a blog and resources for writers (e.g. markets / calls for submissions).
Publishers Weekly
Yahoo News: Books, Publishing News, and Authors
USA Today: Books

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Other Blogs for Booklovers

BlogCritics: Books
Commentary, criticism, and reviews of upcoming books.
"Booklist Blogs"
Bookslut
Reviews, commentary, and news for readers
BritLitBlogs
A combination of British literary blogs.
CriminalElements.com
"A publisher neutral crime and mystery community." From Macmillan.
HeroesandHeartbreakers.com
All things Romance. From Macmillan.
Kirkus Book Blog Network
Literature Blogs
A select list of blogs focusing on classic and contemporary literature.
The Millions: A Blog About Books
Reviews, commentary, and news for readers.
National Book Critics Circle: Critical Mass Blog
"The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature. Critical Mass includes regular series such as these: 1) The Critical Library, five essential books listed by critics; 2) 30 Books in 30 Days, reviews of each year's awards finalists; 3) Conversations with Literary Websites, interviews with the top online editors; ) 4) Independent Press Spotlight, interviews with authors, editors, publishers; 5) The Next Decade in Book Culture, guest posts from hundreds of reviewers and readers speculating about all possibilities for books, reading and reviewing, including effects of technology on how we read; 6) In Retrospect, reviews of past NBCC award winners/finalists by today's critics;; plus industry news, interviews, points of view, and guest posts, plus podcasts and videocasts of NBCC awards events and programs."
The New York Review of Books Blog
New York Times: ArtsBeat
Formerly Papercuts. Described as "The Times' blog dispatches from the world of letters, with contributions from the Sunday Book Review, the culture department and more."
New York Times: Reading Room
"Conversations about Great Books"
The New Yorker: The Page Turner
"Criticism, contention, and conversation about books that matter."
Omnivoracious
"Omnivoracious is a blog run by the books editors at Amazon.com. We aim to share our passion for the written word through news, reviews, interviews, and more. This is our space to talk books and publishing frankly and we welcome participation through comments.
One Minute Book Reviews
"One-Minute Book Reviews is an independent blog created by its editor-in-chief, Janice Harayda, an award-winning journalist and critic. It consists of brief reviews of new and classic fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. The site does not generally cover literary news, trends or gossip. It is for people who like to read but dislike hype and review inflation."
Powells Books Blog
Reviews, commentary, and news for readers from Powells, a book vendor.
Publishers Weekly Blogs
A variety of blogs about publishers, writers, and books.
Reader's Advisor Online
Book reviews in a blog format. Said to be based on Libraries Unlimited's Genreflecting series of reader's advisory guides. See also their Reader's Advisor newsletter.
Readers Read
Publishing news and other literary updates.
Reading Rockets: Blogs about Reading (Sound It Out, Page by Page, The Reading Rockets Blogroll)
"Updated weekly, the following blogs from Reading Rockets offer insight into the best practices in reading instruction and using books effectively both inside and outside of the classroom."
Tor.com
"Science Fiction. Fantasy. The Universe. " From Macmillan.
The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
Featuring poems, prose, and literary history. Includes an archive (browse or search by title/author/date) and downloadable audio podcasts (MP3 format).
See also: Thrall's Booklover Blog
Monthly featured titles and other literary interests. Published by Middletown Thrall Library.

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About this Guide

Booklovers has been developed to help you select reading material. These websites are great sources, but our efforts to help you find a good book don't stop here. The library owns a collection of books geared to assist our patrons in their search for what to read next.

We also give away bookmarks for a number of genres. Each bookmark has a list of authors who write in a similar style. The genres include military thrillers, medical thrillers, cozy mysteries, historical mysteries, fantasy, police procedurals, and many others.

Throughout the year, we produce a list of the best new fiction, entitled Beyond the Bestsellers, and at our website, we created a service called RAVES! for patrons to share recommendations.

Please stop by our Reference Desk to learn about any of these services and to browse our dedicated print collection of Reader's Advisory guides for all ages, subjects, and genres.

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