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AllReaders.com Search engine for book recommendations.  Search by broad category or author, or by any combination of plot, theme, characters, or setting.
Amazon  The most popular online retailer.  Includes books and more as well as reviews by readers and suggestions for further reading based on past purchases or similar purchases by other users.
American Library Association's Notable Books Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.
Barnes and Noble Similar to Amazon, this retailer offers a wealth of professional and reader reviews.
Bibliomania Included here are fully searchable full-text editions of classic works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and even a few reference titles. The complete plays of Shakespeare are featured, as well as major titles from Austen, Dickens, Twain, Freud, Benjamin Franklin, Vatsyayana, and a host of others.
The Blind Readers Page

"This site is a guide to sources of information in alternative formats (braille, recorded cassettes, large print, e-texts, web audio) accessible by people with print disabilities--those with visual and physical handicaps as well as dyslexia.  There are about 1,200 links, all evaluated, annotated and organized by subject." The subjects include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), guide dogs, library service, employment, and computer use.

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation This Web site "provides commonsense guidance to the grammatically confused and the punctuation impaired." The grammar and punctuation sections each offer about a dozen links to appropriate subjects (for example, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, commas, quotation marks) with examples of correct usage, in addition to practice tests and answers. 
BookBrowser: The Guide for Avid Readers An excellent source for information on authors, series, or to find recommendations for what to read next.  An excellent site developed and maintained by librarians.
Books and Book Collecting

Offers information about book valuation, author signatures, bookbinding, dustjackets, pseudonyms, uncorrected proofs, and also links for book searches, book sites, sources of old magazines, associations, news groups and more.

BookSense.com A gateway for independent booksellers.  Site also includes author interviews, and book recommendations and best sellers.
Constant Reader A weekly magazine of book reviews, articles and occasional poetry.
A Literary Index: Making Sense of Literature on the Internet "A Literary Index provides both an overview and a review of the more significant collections of Internet literary resources of interest to scholars, students, and lovers of literature."  Features include Literature Indices, Doing Literary Research, English Departments and Literary Institutes, Archives of Electronic Texts, Books and Presses, Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing, The Teaching of Literature.
C-SPAN American Writers: A journey through history American writers who have been highlighted on C-SPAN programs are gathered chronologically by era from 1600 to 1975. For each featured author, a brief biography, critical assessment of works, and chronological listing of titles published are followed by Web sites about the author.
Contentville A unique site which sells not just  books, but the broadest possible array of print documents.  Regular features include "professors' picks," book news, magazine launch of the month, first chapters of notable books, etc.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards This Web site is for an award presented annually to "authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the 'American Dream'." Key resources include a discussion guide, a list of all winners and Honor books back to 1970, recommended reading levels for all award-winning titles, and instructions for submitting titles for the award committee's consideration.
CounterPunch's Top 100 Non-Fiction Books of the 20th Century  
Daily Grammar Clear and simple lessons on the basics of English grammar, set up in modules of five examples with a follow-up quiz.
Electronic Literature Foundation (ELF) ELF's mission is to provide advanced, free electronic texts from world literature in several formats and languages. For instance, the ELF site includes four full editions of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: "the original Italian text, and English translations by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Rev. H.F. Cary, and Allen Mandelbaum. Annotations from the Cary and Longfellow editions are also available."
FictionDB.com Designed for the genre fiction reader, this site contains fiction bibliographies, reviews, links to author Web sites, a pseudonym directory, series listings, and more. All entries are grouped by genre. Currently, Western, Romance, and Mystery divisions are available, with Suspense and
Speculative fiction divisions to come. The site also contains links to a variety of vendors for purchase of specific titles.
HandSpeak Deaf World Web  The site clearly expresses how sign language is not a shorthand for other languages, but a full language in its own right. It also points out that its exercises are for "fun learning" rather than "official instruction." Visitors
will discover how to sign the symbols for letters of the alphabet, animals, colors, and a variety of other categories through the site's animated photos.
Harvard Bookstore Top 100 Recommendations  
I Love Languages A comprehensive set on links to language dictionaries, lessons, free translations, teaching resources, job resources for the multilingual, etc.
iTools! Language Tools All in one handy place, general and topical dictionaries, thesauruses, web page translators, homophone finders, rhyming dictionaries, etc.  One especially nice feature: click to hear a word pronounced.
Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America  This exhibit from the Library of Congress combines images with quotations from American literature to "... present a tapestry of the impressions that endure in our collective imagination of the American land and its culture." The images include prints, photographs, and literary maps (regional and topical); quotes range from classic fiction to poetry and songs.
The Literary Gothic  LitGothic is a "guide to all things concerned with literary Gothicism, which includes ghost stories, "classic" Gothic novels and Gothic fiction (1764-1820), and related pre- and post-Gothic and supernaturalist literature written prior to the mid-C20." Browse by author or title. 
NovelGuide - Novel Resource Guide and Literary Analysis The searchable Novelguide.com provides "an educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary literature through Chapter Summaries, Character Profiles, Metaphor Analysis, Theme Analyses, and Author Biographies."
On-Line Books Page Indexes over 12,000 digitized books, by author, title, subject and LC number; also searchable by key word.

Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

This list is "intended as a tool for a variety of audiences--college bound students, educators, librarians, and parents....The list is divided into five sections: fiction, biography, nonfiction, drama, and poetry." 

Overbooked.org A web site (formerly known as Book Links) for ravenous readers. Overbooked specializes in literary and genre fiction information. Overbooked Originals include author web pages, 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. More Overbooked Reviews are coming soonish.
Perspectives in American Literature Searchable site provides outlines and bibliographies of hundreds of authors, themes, and literary movements in the U.S. from colonial days to the present. Includes many appendices, including the elements of poetry, drama, and fiction.
Project Gutenberg

Full-text literature arranged into 3 categories: Light Literature, Heavy Literature and References.  Texts can then be downloaded into users computer.

Readaholics.com

This site offers brief reviews of thier reading  from a couple of women who read a LOT, across all different genres.  Includes monthly author profiles and links to related sites.

Reader's Club Started by a group of librarians at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina who love to read and share enjoyable books with others. Many of our colleagues at all levels - from library assistants to managers - write reviews of their favorite books, and we have over 1600 reviews in our database. Most of our reviews are written by our staff, but we welcome reviews from everyone.
Readerville: the social life of the mind

Full of ongoing forums and reading groups, reader reviews, discounted books, and more.  Prepare to add substantially to your "books to look for" list.

Reading Group Guides: the Online Community for Reading Groups  Includes discussion guides for particular books, advice on starting and
maintaining a reading group, recommended new books, a discussion forum, and a newsletter.
SearcheBooks.com  A search engine that indexes the full text of "thousands" of online books. SearcheBooks offers a simple keyword search interface and returns two URLs for each hit, one for the provider's page, and one for the full text of the book.
Short Stories These are complete texts in the categories of fiction, science fiction and fantasy, horror, romance, humor, non-fiction, crime, and children. They include many classics, but this site also solicits and posts new stories.

Sleepers: Books You May Have Missed

Librarians at the Lee County Library System in Florida offer a nice set of recommended, annotated titles, fiction and non-fiction, as well as links to book discussions and suggested questions for book discussions.

Voice of America Pronunciation Guide Sound files and pronunciation guide for more than 2,200 names of people, groups, places, and things in the news around the world. Search methods include keyword search, alphabetical by name, the full list (10 at a time), and by country. 
Webrary: Booklist Index Organized by types of characters (little old lady sleuths, manly men doing manly things, etc.),  genre, setting (Road novels, mysteries set in ancient times, etc.), topical themes (bad dates, circus books, etc.), audience, authors, "best" lists, and miscellaneous.

 
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African-American

African American Mystery Page Readers' advisory site about mysteries written by African American authors.
African American Literature Book Club The site's goal is "to increase everyone's knowledge of the diversity of African American literature, facilitate the exchange of opinions, satisfy your on-line book buying needs and serve as a resource and vehicle of expression for aspiring and professional writers."
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers; searchable by keyword, title, author, or genre.
BlackLiterature BlackLiterature includes information on books by, for and about African-Americans. It includes reviews, author information, book clubs, a message board, chat room, newsletter, and more.
Mosaicbooks.com  
QBR: The Black Book Review Online 

QBR is the first book review exclusively dedicated to books about the Africana experience. In its pages you will find fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, health and lifestyle management, writers from Africa and the Caribbean--the whole of the Diaspora.

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Children's

The Bookhive Contains approximately 100 suggestions for reading at a variety of reading levels. Users may browse the collection by category or use a multiple-option search engine. Each category can be further sorted by reading level.
Children's Picture Book Database This database offers abstracts of over 4000 children's picture books (preschool to grade three).  The user may search over 900 keywords (topics, concepts, and skills) from the following categories: Literature, Language and Communications, Mathematics, Health and Medicine, Natural History and Natural Science, Social Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts.
Mother Goose A collection of full-text Mother Goose nursery rhymes listed alphabetically by first line. There are also annotated links.
Story Place: the Children's Digital Library   This site includes reading lists, activities, a pre-school library, and Story Place.  Some of its niftiest features require the Flash plug-in.  Also available in Spanish.

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Classics

Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes    This excellent free resource "comprises the largest public reference work of literary criticism and history on the Internet." Originally published in 1907-1921, the volumes include 303 chapters and more than 11,000 pages, edited and written by a worldwide panel of 171 leading scholars and thinkers of the early twentieth century. Searchable by keyword and browseable by volume, chapter, and section.
ClassicBookshelf.com Features public domain e-texts.  Users can control the text size, font, and background color, picking a combination that makes reading easiest. The works featured at the site are listed by author name and include a number of classic works of (primarily) British and American literature, with an especially large collection of works by Charles Dickens. Entries for each author include several related sites.

Classic Reader

Over 600 books and 900 short stories presented in unabridged versions that one can "can read, search, and annotate." The collection is mostly fiction, short stories, and poetry and includes children's literature. Browsable by author, title, or type of work. All works are in the public domain and may be read online or downloaded. 

Dickens, Charles

This site includes descriptions of all Dickens' characters; an interactive map of Dickens' London (click on a location to learn about its importance in the author's works); and links to the full text of his works and to other Web sites about the author and his times.

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University 

This project is making scanned images of ancient, medieval, and Celtic manuscripts available for free personal use by researchers. At present, the site offers nearly 30 manuscripts, some of them rather substantial. After browsing by collection and library and accepting the stated conditions, users may view the manuscripts by folio. Most are presented as thumbnailed images in framed pages with information on the document and viewing tips provided.

Great Books Index Full-text online versions.  Searchable and browsable by author and title.
Great Literature Online This site offers online editions of the works of numerous authors, with more texts added weekly. Some of the writers featured are Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Austen, T.S. Eliot, Bret Harte, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edgar Allan Poe, Leo Tolstoy, and Mark Twain. One can also find biographical information about the authors and links to related sites.
Gutenberg Digital All of the Gottingen Gutenberg Bible have been scanned and beautifully presented by the Gottingen State and University Library, along with the Gttingen Model Book (instructions to illuminators on book ornamentation), and "Helmasperger's Notary Instrument" (the document that provides the strongest proof that Gutenberg was the inventor of printing with movable type). Includes background on Gutenberg, the history of printing, and the impact of Gutenberg's invention.
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet An annotated guide to Shakespeare resources on the Internet.  
Shakespeare Includes the complete works of Shakespeare, word and phrase search, listings of plays, Shakespeare resources on the Internet, a discussion area and a glossary.
Sherlockian.net  An active metasite offers comprehensive links to everything in 221B Baker Street and beyond. Categories include the original Sherlock Homes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle, major Sherlockian sites, actors and films, books and libraries, parodies, and Victorian Britain.
Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture This site contains a plethora of materials concerning Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and the nation's response to it. Features a complete electronic edition of the first published version of the novel. Included to provide historical context are anti-slavery and Christian abolitionist texts, materials on Sentimental Culture in the nineteenth century, newspaper reviews of the text, articles and notices, and both African-American and Pro-Slavery responses to it.

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Mystery

Clues Unlimited: a Mystery Bookstore Offers recommended new titles, mysteries for children, genre mystery lists (culinary mysteries, historicals, etc.)
Mystery.net  "Uncover mystery book picks and authors by genre, weekly book reviews, and thoughts and perspectives from today's mystery authors." 
Mystery Guide  "The core of our site is an ever-expanding database of original book reviews --- almost 700 at last update. We also have an author interview series, games, and lots of other features."
The Mystery Reader Mystery novel news and reviews, and find books by sub-genre.  
Stop, You're Killing Me! At this site, done by a mystery lover, you can search for mysteries by author or series character. The character index may be searched in a number of ways, including occupation, location, diversity, and historical period. There are links to over three hundred author pages and also annotated links to other mystery resources.
Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang A glossary of slang terms taken from the hardboiled "private eye" detective fiction of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and others.

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Romance

All About Romance: The Back-Fence For Lovers of Romance Novels A fun directory and guide for romance readers, this site includes a selection of reviews, a monthly essay about a specific book, links to their reader awards, message boards, and discussion lists. Readers can get historical "cheat sheets" for romance reading, a list of author aliases, and recommendations for readalikes. 

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fantastic Fiction Bibliographies Bibliographies of books and stories by science fiction and fantasy writers, useful to anybody who's building a collection in that area.
Science Fiction Resource Guide  An extensive directory of sites which includes art and artists; authors; awards; chat channels; comics, animation, and anthropomorphics; conventions; costuming; magazines and e-zines; fandom; movies; music; radio and television; gaming; and more.
SF-Lovers The Reference Section and Resource Guide of this site are very informative and offer links and information on authors, bibliographies, online fiction, movies, television, writer resources, SF art, and awards.
The SF Site Includes book reviews, links to author sites, author interviews, film and television reviews, and links to science fiction publishers.
Uchronia  "Simply stated, an alternate history is the description and/or discussion of an historical "what if" and its possible consequences."  This site provides a bibliography of alternative history books which is searchable author, title, series, or the year the alternative history diverges from actual history.

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Poetry

Bartleby Verse: American and English Poetry, 1250-1920

The New Bartleby Library has added the texts of five additional poetry anthologies covering American and English poetry, 1250-1920, to its Verse page. The new additions include the Yale Book of American Verse (1912), Modern British Poetry (1920), Modern American Poetry (1919), Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the 17th Century (1921), and the Golden Treasury (1875). All six anthologies are searchable by keyword or browseable by author chronological or alphabetical), title, or first line.

British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 The goal of the project is the "design and development of highly accurate and reliable electronic editions of works published by British women poets between 1789 and 1832" with the initial texts coming from the UC-Davis Library's Kohler Collection of British Poetry. The texts can be accessed via a listing of authors; some texts consist of whole books (several hundred pages) and some, a single poem.
The Poetry Archives  Free "classical" poetry archive. Currently containing over 3,600 non-copyrighted poems by 137 poets, the archive is browseable by author name or searchable by keyword. Search results also display the first line of each poem returned.  Additional features include a random poem option, a fairly active discussion board, and a FAQ.
Poetry Portal This is a very comprehensive and informative collection of links about poetry online, events, courses, styles, and publishing. 

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Magazines

NewPages Guide to Alternative Periodicals Whether you're interested in alternative medicine, feminism, Native-American issues, environmentalism, vegetarianism, war resistance, human rights, holistic health, or folksinging, this site will help you find magazines on your interests.
Periodicals.net Periodicals.net indexes 97,000 publications whose content is available through online vendors or that are published online. The search page allows keyword queries by title, subject, or ISSN, and users can further specify coverage type (full, abstract, index) and vendor.

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Cartoons

Dr. Seuss Went to War Between 1941 and 1943, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM (1940-1948), penning over 400 editorial cartoons that commented first on American neutrality and then involvement in the Second World War.  This amazing collection has now been placed online and is browseable by year, month, and day. Subject term browsing will be available in the future. 
Political Cartoons and Cartoonists A comprehensive collection of texts and images detailing the history of political cartooning in America.

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For Writers

Horror Writers Association The Web site for "a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it." The site includes a list of Bram Stoker Award winners, free excerpts of new horror novels, a reading list, writing tips, related Web links, and special sections for librarians and booksellers. 
Romance Writers of America The site has material about the romance genre for readers, members, booksellers, and librarians. There is also a list of all RITA Award winners for the best published romances, upcoming releases, current bestsellers, and the "top ten favorite books" as selected by the members. 

Western Writers of America

This site lists the winners of the Spur Awards, information on the annual convention, the online edition of Roundup, and the results of a survey of "Best Westerns of the 20th Century."  Contact Author lists the Web pages or e-mail addresses of several dozen authors.

Writer's Digest A supplement to the printed edition of the Writer's Digest, this site contains the most current information on publishing both fiction and non-fiction. Also available is a Hot List, which lists 100 magazines that pay the most for articles; a searchable list of market guidelines; selected texts from Writer's Digest, Fiction Writer, and Story magazines; a list of writing contests sponsored by the publisher; and a schedule of writing conferences.

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