Books & More

The following are links to resources for readers.
Offers free full-length audiobook downloads of classic novels.

Baen Free Library
Baen Books, publisher of fantasy and sci-fi books, offers a number of its titles in e-format for free download.

The pre-eminent Internet publisher of literature, reference, and verse providing students, researchers, and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

Book Riot
Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. Sometimes the entries are serious and sometimes they're silly. Some of the  Book Riot writers are pros; however, many of them aren’t.  Their motto is "we think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose."

Booklist Online
Booklist Online is the web version of the Booklist print magazine. It offers free content to non-subscribers including a Review of the Day and a generous selection of additional reviews and features written exclusively for Booklist Online.

Fantastic Fiction
Bibliographies for 40,000+ authors, and cover pictures and descriptions for 500,000+ books.

Goodreads is an Amazon company and "social cataloging" website that allows individuals to freely search Goodreads' extensive user-populated database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. User may also create their own groups of book suggestions, surveys/polls, blogs, and discussions.

Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Library Thing
LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers that helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you've read, books you'd like to read, books you've lent out ... whatever grouping you'd like.  Since users catalog online, they also catalog together.  Users may contribute tags, ratings and reviews for a book, and Common Knowledge (facts about a book or author, like character names and awards), as well as participate in member forums or join the Early Reviewers program. Everyone gets the benefit of everyone else's work. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.

Litsy is an app available on the App Store and Google Play.  It's a place to share and discover your favorite books with your favorite people.  The Litsy community is a groundswell of passionate readers, authors, celebrities, and more. Share bookish moments with Quotes, Reviews, and Blurbs. Measure Litfluence to discover your “bookprint” in the world. Explore recommendations from readers, not algorithms.  If you want to organize your reading list, the app has stacks for that, too.

Free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world.

New York Times

The NYT lists bestsellers in many categories; however, please note that registration may be necessary to access all features.

O’Reilly Open Books
Offers computer and technology books in e-format for free.

Publishers Weekly
Click the “Bestseller” tab to view the latest bestseller info.

Rare Book Room
The Rare Book Room is an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.  Some of the world’s most famous books from some of the great libraries were digitally photographed by Octavo. The books were photographed at very high resolution and approximately 400 have been digitized to date, and range in topics and rarity.

Series & Sequels
From the Los Angeles Public Library, this is a searchable list of fiction books for adults which are part of a series, or are sequels to earlier novels.  User may search by author, title and series name or characters. 

What’s Next
Kent District Public Library offers a searchable database of fiction in series.  Enter a title, author, or name of a book in a series and get a list of the titles in that series. 

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

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