Reading > Online Resources for Readers

Book Reviews, Summaries & More

  • Beyond Dust Jackets - Our Library blog, “Beyond Dust Jackets,” presents some of our thoughts about specific books, music, movies and TV series.
  • Book Lists - Our Library book lists for adults, teens and youth.
  • BookPage - An online magazine for selected fiction and nonfiction reviews. Includes archives.
  • Book Reporter - Includes reviews, book exerpts, in-depth author profiles and interviews, and nearly 2,000 reading group guides.
  • Bookslut - A monthly web magazine and daily blog dedicated to those who love to read. Includes news, reviews, commentary, insight and opinions.
  • BookSpot - A resource center for book-related websites. Content includes genres, bestseller lists, book reviews and author info. Also contains a "Young Adult Books" section, as well as a "Book Discussion Center" for online and offline book discussions.
  • NextReads – Sign up for NextReads, free eMail newsletters of "great reads" for adults, youth and teens.
  • NoveListPlus - A comprehensive database that provides reviews, annotations, and more for over 120,000 fiction titles. Includes author read-alikes, book discussion guides, book talks, and feature articles. Also includes tools for school media specialists and teachers. This database is available remotely with your Warrenville Library card number and 4 digit PIN.
  • Oprah’s Books-Look up titles and authors of books featured on the show by date. Read exclusive essays by Oprah's Book Club authors or watch video from their discussions.
  • Reader's Club - This site is published by librarians at the Public Library of Charlotte & Meckleburg County in North Carolina. The site contains links to reading-related and book club sites, over 2000 staff and patron reviews, links to sites for teen reads, and celebrity reviews.
  • What's Next - Provides the sequence of books in a series.

Free eBooks

Book Sellers

  • Alibris Used Book Store Online - Find 60 million new & used books, used textbooks, out-of-print books, rare books & college textbooks from 8000 rated bookstores.
  • Amazon.com - Includes editorial reviews, glimpses into the book and product information.
  • Anderson's Bookshop - The website of an independent bookseller located in Naperville and Downers Grove, IL. The site features events, reading lists and a teacher's corner.
  • Barnes & Noble Book Browser - Search fiction, nonfiction and children's books by genre. Also includes recommended reads, editorial reviews, and book guides for discussions. Click on the "Book clubs" button for online reading groups.
  • Powells - Powell's Books is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. It carries an extensive collection of out of print, rare, and technical titles.

Genre Resources

  • The Mystery Reader - This site is written and edited by mystery lovers, most of whom work in libraries or bookstores. The site includes book reviews, author addresses and links to author websites, as well as "Author Freebies."
  • The Poisoned Pen - This site is published by an independent book seller, focuses on mystery book lists, mystery conferences, and award lists. For a fee, readers can subscribe to their newsletter.
  • The Romance Reader - This sister site to The Mystery Reader also includes book reviews, author information and features about romance.
  • S F Site - This Canadian site features science fiction and fantasy. The site includes book reviews, author interviews, opinion pieces, links to author and fan tribute sites, and other materials pertaining to sci fi.
  • Stop, You're Killing Me! - This site for mystery readers is organized alphabetically by author and character. Entries contain links to author websites and lists new books and series titles with publication dates. Each title is linked to Amazon.com.

Online Speculative Fiction Magazines

  • Apex Magazine - 2014 Hugo Nominee for Best Semiprozine, offering science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories from the top pros in the field.
  • Clarkesworld - Nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in both 2009 and 2010, offers both text and podcast fiction.
  • Escape Pod - A weekly podcast magazine offering .mp3 recordings of new speculative fiction stories.
  • Fantasy Magazine - Publishes daily articles and regular new fiction in the fantasy and surrealism genres.
  • StarShipSofa - Regular mp3 podcasts of new short fiction. Nominated for the 2010 Best Fanzine Hugo.
  • Strange Horizons - A digital magazine which has been publishing online since 2000; new free content is published weekly.
  • Subterranean Press - The digital branch of the magazine and publisher offers regular new short fiction and extensive archives.

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