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Based on the Book
“A compilation of over 1,250 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures … in the United States, in English, since 1980.”

Literary Resources

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
Search for quotes.
Finds books for sale from more than 150 million sellers globally.

Online portal into the book industry. Provides articles on the latest industry news, access to literary journals and reviews, and a directory of book sites around the world. Users can also search updated bestseller lists, find listings of literary events, and read author interviews.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s plays and poety full-text online.

Dewey Decimal System
List of subjects by Dewey number compiled by the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center at Nova Southeastern University.

Google Books
Google’s collection of digitized books includes a large number of books related to Old English literature and language.  To search magazines, use this link.
Shop online at your favorite independent bookstore.

Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism
The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

“Inter-Play is an index to plays in collections, anthologies, and periodicals. It presently contains more than 17,500 citations to plays in many languages.”

Resources for people who love book clubs.

The Modern Library “100 Best”
The best 20th century nonfiction and fiction published in the English language, as voted on by Modern Library readers.

National Book Awards
The awards are given annually in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.

New York State Literary Tree
directory of literature resources in New York State.

The New York Times Books
Bestseller lists, reviews, etc. Requires free registration.

The Online Books Page
An index of thousands of freely available online books.

Project Gutenberg
An extensive collection of free eBooks, available in several formats.

The Pulitzer Prizes
“The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.”

Reading Group Choices
Discussion guides and recommendations for reading groups.

Reading Group Guides
Interviews, advice and ideas for your reading group, and hundreds of reading group guides.

Study guides for English and American literature, Shakespeare, poetry, and drama.

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Rare Books

Easy to search service for buying and pricing out-of-print, used, rare and antiquarian books.

Used and out of print search includes over 40 bookstores, 20,000 dealers, and millions of books.

Another huge out-of-print source.

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America
Search for books or book dealers. Also has articles on book collecting.

Reader’s Advisory

An index of author pseudonyms

Detailed book reviews from a variety of genres.  Search by title, author, plot, setting, or character.
Read excerpts of bestselling books and many of the best new fiction and non-fiction titles. Plus author bios, interviews, reading guides, and more.

BookPage is a reader’s guide to selecting the best in new books. Monthly features include interviews with favorite authors, book news, and book reviews in all categories.
A site dedicated to book lovers and writers. Author interviews, book reviews, and reading group guides can be found here.

Books in Series
Find the next book in a series.  Search by author, book title, or series title.

Links to book-related content on the Web, including bestseller lists, book awards and reviews, electronic texts, online booksellers, antique books, author and publisher information, literary criticism, book news and events, and more.

Fresh Fiction
Reviews, contests, blogs and events surrounding new fiction.

Genre and young adult fiction reviews.

“If You Like” Author Search
Type in the name of your favorite author to generate a list of read-alike titles and authors.

MVLS Booktalk
Reader’s advisory links from the Mohawk Valley Library System

NPR Books
National Public Radio’s suggested reading, author interviews and recent releases.

A website for readers. Specializing in literary and genre fiction information.

What Should I Read Next?
Type in the name of a book you like and the system will return book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next. 

What’s Next
Find out what books are in a series. This database, maintained by the Kent District Library in Michigan, lets you search by author, title, or genre.

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African American Fiction

African American Literature Book Club

QBR The Black Book Review Online
Quarterly review of black books and black authors.

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Bibliography of mysteries with characters, plots or settings that are library or book related.

Site has mystery games, an e-newsletter, and resources about mystery books and T.V. shows. Includes online community discussion forums.

The Mystery Reader
Reviews of mystery novels. Organized by subgenre.

Stop, You’re Killing Me!
Lists hundreds of authors of mystery novels, with complete, chronological lists of their books. Books are also indexed by series character name, and other attributes (character job, location, historical period, etc.).

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The Academy of American Poets
Poems, biographies of more than 450 poets, historical and thematic poetry exhibits, and much more.

American Verse Project
An electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.

Gale Poet’s Corner
Biographies of many famous poets and line-by-line explanations of some of their works.

Library of Congress Poetry page
Current events, links to the Poet Laureate and information about Library of Congress poetry collections (video, print, audio and electronic).

Poetry Foundation, Publisher of Poetry Magazine
Read news and poems, search poet and poem archives, and check current bestseller lists. Has daily podcasts of readings.

Poets’ Corner
An online collection of poetry, with thousands of works from hundreds of poets. Works range from medieval times to the early 20th century.

Representative Poetry Online
A collection of poems from ancient to modern times.  Search by title, author, timeline, first or last line, calendar, or keyword.

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All About Romance

The Romance Reader
Reviews and news of romance novels.

Romantic Times Book Reviews
Romance novel reviews, booklists by theme, advice for authors, and more.

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Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

DarkEcho Horror
Interviews with authors, reviews, features, writing workshop and more.

Fantastic Fiction
Bibliographies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors, with book covers and author photos.

Internet Speculative Fiction Database
A collection of bibliographic data on works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

An online magazine of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing fields.

The SF Site: The Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Book reviews, opinion pieces, author interviews, fiction excerpts, reading lists and a variety of other features.

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