Sites for Readers
Looking for a good book?
Helping customers find the books they want is a major part of Adult Services. We love matching readers with the type of books they prefer through our knowledge of authors’ writing styles, online databases such as Novelist, and with booklists available at the reference desk and in displays around the Library.
If you like to chat about books with others, the Library offers Novel Ideas, a monthly book discussion group for adults or check out one of these interactive, readers' advisory websites:
Book Reviews & Book Lists
BookPage.com - "America's Book Review" Browse reviews on upcoming books with the companion website to the monthly-printed, "Book Page" available for free at Wadsworth Public Library.
National Public Radio Books - Browse information on book tours, authors, must-reads. Also, read or listen to excerpts from novels & non-fiction titles.
The New York Times Bestseller List - This categorized list of bestselling titles is updated on a weekly basis.
Overbooked: A Resource for Readers - This great site offers starred reviews, themed booklists, hotlists and much information on genre fiction and "readable non-fiction."
The Publishers Weekly - Serves all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of books, audio, video and electronic materials. Check them out for news about your favorite authors, or upcoming titles.
Free eBook Sites
Baen Books - Free, downloadable science fiction & fantasy titles
Book Lending - A website that matches lenders & borrowers of Kindle eBooks
DigiLibraries - Self-published and public domain titles
Digital Book Index - More than 165,000 full-text digital books
eBookFling - Opportunities to swap eBooks with other readers nationwide
E-Discover the Classics - Assembled by the Colorado Library Consortium & Douglas County Libraries
eReaderIQ.com - List of all non-public domain free titles found on Amazon.com
Feedbooks - Self-published and public domain titles
Free-eBooks.net - Standard memberships are free
Google Books - 3 million free eBooks from the public domain
HathiTrust Digital Library - Offers titles for online use and downloads for a fee
InkMesh - An eBook search engine covering over 30 sources for free eBooks
Lendink.com - Loan and borrow lendable eBooks
Manybooks.net - Features more than 29,000 free public domain e-books via Project Gutenberg
Munseys - Offers 20,000 titles in twelve formats
NetGalley - Free eBook galleys to any professional reader
Online Books Page - From the University of Pennsylvania, an index of thousands of online books
Open Library - Offers over 1 million titles and is part of the Internet Archive, not all titles are available in digital format
Project Gutenberg - Offers more than 33,000 free eBooks compatible with all eReaders
Additional Sites for Book Lovers
Book Preservation - The Library of Congress provides a guide on how to care for, handle, and store books.
Book Crossing - The reading group without geographical boundaries! The books and the club are free!
Fiction_L Archive - The Morton Grove Public Library in Illinois manages the Fiction_L listserv; this site archives all the lists generated from thousands of readers across the country. You'll never run out of things to read using this site!
Readers' Advisor Online Blog - The readers' advisory weekly update from a scan of 100+ blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television programs.
WhichBook.Net - This fun site boasts a completely "new" way of choosing what to read....give it a try!
YourNextRead - Find out what you should read next!
Your Old Books- This site answers frequently asked questions pertaining to the value of older or rare books.