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Awards & Bestsellers

Christy Awards
For excellence in Christian fiction.

Edgar Awards
The Edgar Allan Poe Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television.

Hugo Awards
Awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy, given by the World Science Fiction Society.

Man Booker Prize
Honors the finest works in fiction.

National Book Awards
The National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, and awarded in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.

National Book Critics Circle Awards
Honors outstanding writing in fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, biography, criticism, and poetry.

Nebula Awards
The Nebula Awards are voted on and presented by active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in the categories of  best novel, novella, novelette, script, and short story.

New York Times Bestseller Lists
The New York Times newspaper compiles weekly lists of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, ebook, advice & how-to, graphic books, young adult and children’s books.  An archive of bestsellers dating back to the 1940s is maintained by Hawes Publications.

Nobel Prize in Literature
Alfred Nobel created the annual Nobel Prize in Literature to honor “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.”

PEN Literary Awards
The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Each year, PEN confers prizes to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry. Additionally, PEN New England offers the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for debut fiction and the Henry David Thoreau Prize for excellence in nature writing.

Pulitzer Prizes
Honoring excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917. Categories include biography, drama, fiction, history, music, non-fiction, novel, and poetry.

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
Awarded annually, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honors a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition.

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Digital Books (Online books, Downloadable E-books & Audiobooks)

Featured Resource:
The East Greenbush Community Library’s Digital E-book/Audiobook/Streaming Video Collection.

Google Books
Google’s book search allows you to search millions of books; some offer previews of pages or sections of the book, some allow access to the entire book.

Free public domain audiobooks that can be listened to on computers, iPods or other mobile device, or burned onto a CD.

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Collections include African American Literature, American Founders, the Books of Oz, Dragons, Princesses, Mathematics, and more.

Online Books Page
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books (over 1 million!) that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

Open Library
The Open Library provides access to over 1,000,000 public domain eBooks as well as a free eBook lending library of over 10,000 modern titles. A project of Open Library and the Internet Archive.

Project Gutenberg
The first producer of free ebooks, Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 titles to download or read online.

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Find a Great Book: Reader’s Advisory

Based on the Book
A compilation of over 1,450 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures.

BookPage is a monthly book review publication that recommends the best books for readers of all types, whether you’re interested in literary fiction or romance, history or science fiction, cookbooks or children’s books. Complimentary print copies of BookPage are available in the library.

Book Reporter
A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors.

Book Riot
Blog posts, news, reviews, columns, podcasts all about books and the book world.

Book TV
“Television for Serious Readers.”  C-SPAN2’s companion website to their BookTV program.  Link to podcasts, watch BookTV episodes, see the broadcast schedule.  BookTV covers nonfiction books only.

IndieNext List
A monthly list of the top 10 new books most anticipated by independent booksellers.

A monthly list of the top 10 new books most anticipated by librarians.

Modern Library “Top 100” Booklists
Lists the best 20th century nonfiction and fiction published in the English language, in two versions: one list is compiled by the Modern Library board of advisors, the other as voted on by Modern Library readers.

New York Times: Books
Bestseller lists, reviews, essays, author interviews.

NPR Books
National Public Radio’s suggested reading, author interviews and recent releases.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress offers this site to encourage readers of all ages to find a great book.  Offers author webcasts, awards, book lists, contests, local resources, and a young reader’s center.

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.

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Genres (Book Categories)

African American Literature
African American Literature Book Club

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

Graphic Novels & Comics
Comics Worth Reading
News and independent reviews of graphic novels, manga, comic books, and related subjects.

The Graphic Novel Reporter

Criminal Element
Criminal Element is a community website featuring daily content for fans of the crime and mystery genres in all of their forms. The site features original short stories and excerpts from upcoming crime and mystery novels along with daily blog articles.

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.).

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.

All About Romance

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

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.

Urban Fiction
Author interviews, news and reviews of urban books.

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Literary Resources

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

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
Search for quotes.

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

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.

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

Open Source Shakespeare
Perform detailed searches on Shakespeare’s complete works, look up words in the concordance, display all of a character’s speeches, and more.

Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress
Online exhibits, information about the collections, rare book webcasts, and more from the Library of Congress.

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.

What’s Next?: Books in Series
Maintained by the Kent District Library in Michigan, this database lists books in series order and is searchable by author, title, or genre.

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Shop for Books

AbeBooks has millions of new & used books, rare books, signed books, and out of print books.

Find new and used books, used textbooks, rare, out-of-print books, plus music, and movies from independent sellers worldwide.

A gateway to shopping at independent booksellers.  From the American Booksellers Association, the site offers an indie bestseller list, information about new titles, author interviews, and an independent bookseller directory.  Search for a book, enter your zip code, and find a list of independent bookstores near you where you can shop.

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 Social Networks for Readers

The following sites allow readers to compile lists or catalogs of books that they’ve read or wish to read. They also provide a forum for reviewing books, finding literary events, and connecting with other readers.

Create your own book blog, collect books, discover new ones, win giveaways, and stay connected with other book lovers.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Track the books you’re reading, have read, and want to read; see which books your friends are reading; get personalized book recommendations.

LibraryThing catalogs your books online, easily, quickly and for free.

An online community with many resources for book groups: title suggestions, reading guides, reviews, and how-tos.

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