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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

Author Name Pronunciation Guide
Audio clips of over 1,500 authors speaking their name.

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

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.

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
A 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.

Another huge out-of-print source.

Reader’s Advisory

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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

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

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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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