BOOKLOVERS’ TOUR OF THE INTERNET

By06/11/2012

BOOKLOVERS’ TOUR OF THE INTERNET


CONTENTS

Finding Book Titles
Finding Book Reviews
Finding Similar Titles
Finding Series
Reading Lists
Finding Award Winners
Free Books Online
Free Audio Books Online
Finding Other Bibliophiles
Libraries, Interlibrary Loans, and Library2Go
Resources for Writers
Searching Online
Search Tools – Directories
Search Tools – Search Engines
Cataloging Sites & Software for Bibliophiles

FINDING BOOK TITLES

FINDING BOOK REVIEWS

There are many Web sites that either provide book reviews, enable you to submit book reviews, or have created lists of sites that provide book reviews.

  • Nancy Pearl – www.kuow.org/index.php (then search for Nancy Pearl) – provided by KUOW 94.9 (National Public Radio)
  • Bibliotherapy Education Project – www.library.unlv.edu/faculty/research/bibliotherapy/ – Now here are book reviews with a purpose! This site provides reviews of books that help provide therapy and address specific emotional or life event needs of children and adolescents. Includes a nice list of Web sites to similar sites and sites that provide childrens’ books online.
  • Overbooked – overbooked.org – “a resource for readers providing timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction”
  • Reviews of Books - www.reviewsofbooks.com – Provided by Amazon.

Another way to get book reviews is to sign up for RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. For further explanation see our newletter. Examples include:

FINDING SIMILAR BOOKS

Novelist is a tool provided by the Coos Bay Public Library and is located under the ‘Database’ tab. This tool is a great help in finding novels similar to ones you’ve already read. While it is not able to analyze and compare writing styles, it will help you find authors who have written novels covering the same topics, cultures, time periods, and geographic regions. So, for example, if you are partial to mysteries set in the South after the 1940s, this would be the tool for finding them.

Many libraries have produced brochures providing guidance to readers. To find them on the Internet try searching phrases such as “if you like…, you might like…” or “Readers advisory”. The Coos Bay library has produced several lists which have been added to the Web site.

FINDING SERIES INFORMATION

Novelist is also very useful in finding the books in a particular fiction series. If you don’t find the complete series list there, you can try looking for the author’s or publisher’s Web site. In addition, the Kent District Library (Michigan) offers What’s Next? – www.kdl.org/libcat/WhatsNextNEW.asp – from the Kent District Library in Michigan.

Internet Resources for Bibliophiles – www.fortsmithlibrary.org/irbooks.html. Produced by the Fort Smith Public Library in Arkansas provides a list of useful Internet sites.

RECOMMENDED READING LISTS, BEST SELLER LISTS, BOOK CLUBS, and LITERARY EZINES

Note: The term “book club” can refer to either a discussion group or a commercial “book of the month” membership where a book is mailed automatically unless you notify the company. You pay for both the book and the shipping and handling costs.

 

FREE BOOKS ON THE WEB

Text Versions

    • Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War related Books – http://illinoisharvest.grainger.uiuc.edu/results.asp?searchtype=collectioncontent&collID=70928&collname=Abraham%20Lincoln,%20Slavery,%20and%20the%20Civil%20War:%20A%20Collection%20of%20Digitized%20Books – Provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Open Content Alliance.
    • Alex: A Catalog of Electronic Texts on the Internet – infomotions.com/alex – “The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of about 20,000 “classic” public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.”
    • arXiv.org – Provided by the Cornell University Library. Mainly scientific publication such as physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computer science, quantitative biology, and statistics.
    • Baen Free Library – An actual publisher of commercial copyrighted books, in cooperation with their authors, is making a select number of their publications available online for free. This publisher focuses on fantasy and science fiction.
    • Bartleby: Great Books Online – bartleby.com (“publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge for the home, classroom, and desktop of each and every Internet participant”). Great source for reference books; dictionaries, thesaurus, quotations, gazeteers, encyclopedias, classic literature, and many, many others.
    • Bibliomania – bibliomania.com – Includes “Classic Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Short Stories and Contemporary Articles and Interviews.” In addition it provides study guides, and numerous reference volumes to aid researchers.
    • Bookwire – bookwire.com – “Your source for book reviews, author resources, and book industry news & statistics.” A resource from Publisher’s Weekly to the industry.
    • Book Rags – www.bookrags.com/browse/ebooks/ – Free e-books as well as study guides and book summaries. It’s aim is to be a research site for students.
    • BooksOn-Line.com – Provides access to several book clubs such as Doubleday, Literary Guild, Quality Paperback Book Club, and many others. Did a friend say they got a great book from their club but didn’t tell you the title? Search here and see what members at these books clubs pay.
    • Complete Works of William Shakespeare – the-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/works.html
    • Classic Bookshelf – www.classicbookshelf.com – Unfortunately you can’t see a browsable list of everything they have but you can search for titles or authors you are interested in. Hopefully this will change soon. A search for Jane Austen brought up eight of her titles, for Charles Dickens there were 55.
    • Free Tech Books – freetechbooks.com – “Free computer science and engineering books (+ lecture notes).”
    • Freebook Shifter – www.freebooksifter.com – “makes it easy to find over 35000 free eBooks on Amazon.com for your Kindle or eReader.”
    • The Gutenberg Project – gutenberg.org “Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.“
    • The Harvard Classics: The Shelf of Fiction – Provided by Bartleby online at www.bartleby.com/hc/ – Originally a 50 volume set of classics, it is now available online in full text for free. Includes a wide range of time periods and regions.
    • Internet Archive – archive.org/details/texts – The Internet Archive is a non-profit whose goal is to build an Internet library to provide and protect historical collections in a digital format. Keep in mind that they have a lot more than books, including audio and video files as well as software.
    • Open Library – openlibrary.org (also known as Open Content Archive) and part of the Open Content Alliance – www.opencontentalliance.org
    • Read Print Books – free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.
    • Read Easily – readeasily.com – Materials are taken from Project Gutenberg and modified to make it easier for those visually impaired and for older readers (or just easier for anyone with bad eyes!).
    • Representative Poetry Online – rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/menupoet.cfm - Many poems that have fallen out of copyright are available here in full-text. You may search by time period, poets name, or by keyword.
    • The Online Books Page – onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/archives.html – Provides a guide to ebooks and book-related information. While it has general information of interest to anyone much of their list is academic in focus. Includes links to bibliographies.
    • USA Gov – usa.gov – for government publications

Bookview software

There are numerous book viewers or book readers available, some can let you view books produced in a number of formats while others are limited to a particular proprietary format or device. The source providing the online book will usually inform you of what you need or provide an online interface so you do not need to download special software. Your device may have access to a number of downloadable applications specific to your device and book format from the operating system provider. Android apps for example can be found at Google Play, which serves as their App Market, or you can find apps from third parties.

  • Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader – adobe.com/products/ebookreader – This is the Adobe Digital Editions needed to read some Library2Go ebooks.
  • Aldiko – www.aldiko.com/ – eBook reader app for Android devices.
  • Google Books – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.books – (or Google Play) – available for a number of devices.
  • Kindle app – www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771 – reading app is available from Kindle for numerous devices.
  • Microsoft Reader – www.microsoft.com/readers
  • Nook app – www.barnesandnoble.com/u/free-nook-apps/379002321 – a reading app (application) is available from Barnes & Noble for various devices.

Audio Versions

  • Audible.com – www.audible.com – Commercial source for electronic audio books.
  • Audio Books for Free – audiobooksforfree.com – This is a great site. A gentleman with a decided accent introduces the books, but all the readers have been Americans with pleasant clear voices. Longer books take longer to download, faster download speeds cost additional or you can purchase CD-ROMS recordings of some or all of their books for very reasonable prices. In fact, they will record and send you their entire collection. Multiple audio formats are available.
  • Podiobooks – www.podiobooks.com – Free serialized audio books, delivered on your schedule. Great source for new authors, many of which have books for sale via Amazon. You can also go to the site directly to listen to the books if you don’t want to sign up for delivery.

Software for audio books

  • iTunes / iPod Software
    • Audiobooks – itunes.apple.com/us/app/audiobooks/id311507490?mt=8 – for iPhone or iPad.
    • iTunes – www.apple.com/itunes/download
  • Kinoma Play – www.kinoma.com/play/ – for Android phones running Android 2.1 or later
  • Windows Media Player- windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/windows-media-player

In addition one can find audio recordings of author interviews available on the Internet.

  • Booknotes – www.booknotes.org
  • BookTV – www.booktv.org -  “Each weekend, Book TV features 48 hours of nonfiction books from Saturday 8am (ET) to Monday 8am (ET).”
  • Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books – “…features audio interviews with bestselling authors. Also book summaries, author quotes, author photos, and links to author websites. And it’s free!”
  • The C-Span Book Collection: Congress, Politics, Books and American History – www.c-span.org/Books

Where Are the Rest?

Why haven’t all the books in the world been put on the Internet already? Some, as you discovered above, have been. Others cannot be because they are protected by copyright law, meaning someone still owns the commercial rights to those publications. In addition, there is the sheer cost of such a monumental task. Per Charley Seavey, a professor at the Missouri-Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, it would take over $1 billion dollars to digitize just the books at the Library of Congress (17 million of them). But keep in mind this doesn’t include all of even that library’s materials, (excluded are microfilm, newspapers, maps, etc.) or more importantly the cost of storing and making accessible digital copies of all those books.
But there is hope, by 2006 15% of the world’s 32 million cataloged books had fallen into public domain (i.e. are no longer copyrighted) and there are several groups and businesses that are busily working to digitize books as they fall into public domain. The Million Book Project (see the Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/millionbooks), Google, and numerous other groups (both nonprofit and commerical), are working to provide these books online.
Amazon, an online book seller, along with several large American publishers, are working to scan books into digital format. Publishers who own the copyright can then save money by eliminating the need to maintain large stockpiles of their backlist books. When a book sells, a copy is printed and shipped (or downloaded to the customer’s computer). Another commercial advantage of this activity is that online bookstores and publisher Websites can offer customers sample pages to entice sales.

FINDING OTHER BIBLIOPHILES (that’s booklovers!) – Literary Social Networking

Social Networking, in the Internet context, results when people from separate locations utilize the Internet as a method to “meet” and communicate. Generally, they are formed by persons who share the same interest whether it be age, culture, or subject matter. In the case of bibliophiles it is a chance for people to share impressions and discuss opinions about books they found interesting.

  • Links to Literary Weblogs at the complete review. This is a handy directory to blogs
  • Goodreads.com – This site lets you create your own profiles, join existing discussions, write review and search Goodreads popular book index.   You can find recommendations based on how you ranked books you’ve read.  A number of new authors have initially published their books here for you to read for free.  A great site to find up and coming authors to follow.
  • Library Thing – librarything.com – Both a social networking and book cataloging site. Use this site to catalog your personal collection or perhaps the collection of your organization’s library.
  • Shelfari.com – shelfari.com – Create and share your reading lists and start discussions about your favorite books.

More Book Clubs or Groups

Other Related Sites

  • Internet Public Library: Books – ipl.org/div/subject/browse/ent10.00.00 – Seems to have a little of everything related to books from awards to writer’s resources.
  • Web Sites for Book Lovers – www.webrary.org/rs/rslinks.html
  • Children’s Literature Web Guide – www.ucalgary.ca/~dKBrown/index.html – This site has a bit of everything, lists of award-winning children’s books, links to online discussion groups, guides to resources for teachers, parents, readers and writers, and more.

RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

  • 101 Best Websites for Writers – writersdigest.com/101sites/categorysearch.asp?goto=closead
  • Authors Guild – authorsguild.org – Some information available for free. Members, who must be published authors or successful literary agents, have access to more resources and services.
  • The Burry Man Writers Center – www.burryman.com – “a worldwide community of writers, freelance job links, resources for fiction and nonfiction writers, working professionals and dedicated beginners with particular support for writing about Scotland.”
  • Guide to Grammar and Style – andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/index.html
  • Inkygirl: Daily Diversions for Writers – inkygirl.com – Perfect cure for that last rejection letter. Humor just for writers, o.k. some of the rest of us think they’re funny too! See http://www.electricpenguin.com/ohi/inkycomic/archives.html for just the comics.
  • Internet Resources – Writers Resources – internet-resources.com/writers/
  • Lit.Org – lit.org – Place to publish your original works and get feedback from readers and fellow writers.
  • National Writers Union – nwu.org – Some information available for free. Members, who must be published authors or successful literary agents, have access to more resources and services.
  • Poets & Writers – Contests, Grants & Awards – www.pw.org/grants?was=/mag/grantsawards.htm – Nice guide to available grants and writing contests.
  • Grant Proposal Writing – researchguides.library.wisc.edu/content.php?pid=16143&sid=108666 – Web links.
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators – www.scbwi.org/index.htm – International organizaiton for writers and illustrators. Some information is available for free, membership gains greater access. Note: Had some trouble with Website last time I accessed it.
  • Writer Resources – www.midwestbookreview.com/bookbiz/writers.htm – Midwest Book Review has provided a long list of links to sites that offer information to authors> Some are publishers Websites but inlcude associations and self-publishing firms.
  • WritersNet – writers.net – “Internet directory of writers, editors, publishers and literary agents.” They host very active forums, the one on literary agents is very active.
  • Writer’s Digest Magazine – writersdiges.com
  • Writers Write – writerswrite.com
  • Writing.com
  • WWW Virtual Library – American Indians – hanksville.org/NAresources – Index of Native American Resources on the Internet.

FAN FICTION

Fan Fiction (also called fanfiction or fanfic) is fiction written by the fans of a particular author, often focused on particular characters or settings. Fans can write anything, poems, short stories, essays or some web sites allow fans to take turns contributing portions of writing helping to create an ever evolving story. An excellent way of getting practice writing and gaining an audience to critic one’s work.

SPECIFIC SEARCH TOOLS

What Are You Really Searching?

  • Searching the Web – bay.cooslibraries.org/programs/free-computer-classes/searching-the-web – A computer class offered periodically by the Coos Bay Public Library
  • If you would like more explanations of the Internet, look at How Internet Infrastructure Works by Jeff Tyson, offered by HowStuffWorks, Inc.

I. DIRECTORIES

Directories are lists of site addresses found and approved by individuals. So rather then automatically created by computer software, a human being has gone to the trouble of finding, reviewing, and compiling lists of sites that cover a particular topic well.

Subject Directories:

  • About.com – Topics are researched and presented by a topic expert who provides a selection of links.
  • Dmoz – Open directory project “is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.”
  • Internet Subject Directories – www.internettutorials.net/subject.asp – A list of subject directories to the Internet
  • Librarian Chick – librarianchick.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Main_Page – long list of free print and audio books and numerous reference volumes. – librarianchick.pbwiki.com
  • Librarians Index to the Internet – lii.org
  • LookSmart – search.looksmart.com – “hand-picked web sites organized into categories”
  • The WWW Virtual Library – vlib.org/Overview.html
  • Yahoo! – yahoo.com – is the largest subject directory on the Internet and is an excellent site for general public topics. It also has a search capability built in.

Specialized Subject Directories for Book Lovers

  • Canadian – bibliofiles.ca/biblio_index.cfm
  • Freebook Shifter – http://www.freebooksifter.com/ – “makes it easy to find over 35000 free eBooks on Amazon.com for your Kindle or eReader.”
  • Literature Search Engines – searchengineguide.com/pages/Arts/Humanities/Literature/index.html – Actually there are both directories and search engines listed here.

II. SEARCH ENGINES

Search engines are probably the most popular tool for finding information on the Internet. However, for a number of reasons, no one search engine (including Google) searches the entire Web. In fact, even the most successful actually retrieve only 20-30% of the Web. But again you should be cautious in the tools you use just as you will be of the information you find. “Search tools that appear useful may in fact be partnering with advertisers to deliver paid-for information and promotions to unsuspecting users.”

There are hundreds of search engines, some are specialized for a specific topic or need. Most of us only need a couple of favorites.

Specialized Search Engines for Book Lovers:

  • Search Engine Guide: Literature Directory – www.searchengineguide.com/pages/Arts/Humanities/Literature/index.html – Actually there are both directories and search engines listed here.
  • viaLibri.net – www.vialibri.net/ – literary links for United Kingdom bibliophiles – “search for books from more than 15,000 antiquarian booksellers world-wide.”
  • For book lover’s, Google has developed a specialized search engine for finding full-text books online:
    • Google Books – books.google.com
      “…Google announces the addition of geographic data to its books. Books are analyzed for place names and a Google Map with a list of names and text snippets appear on some books’ “About this book” page. It includes some snippet, limited preview, and full text books. According to Google, When our automatic techniques determine that there are a good number of quality locations from a book to show you, you’ll find a map on the “About this book” page.

    “The only way to find out if a particular book has been so analyzed is to look at that book’s “About this book” page.”

III. META-SEARCH ENGINES

Metasearch engines allow you to search using several search engines at one time. The search structure and commands allowed will differ in each search engine and using a metasearch engine may not allow for this. This means that your search will not be evenly effective in each. That said, here are both some common meta-search engines and ones that are designed for book lovers.

  • Bookfinder.com – (1997-present), searches multiple online bookstores to find the best prices, includes all kinds of books from new to antiquarian, including textbooks. Calls itself an ecommerce search engine, and claims to search all major catalogs online.
  • Dogpile – dogpile.com
  • HotBot – hotbot.com (Does AllTheWeb.com/FAST, Google, Inktomi and Teoma search engines).
  • viaLibri – viaLibri provides a meta-search engine to search through numerous library catalogs and cooperative bibliographic databases.

Recommended keywords for Internet searches:

bibliophiles, book lovers, book people, readers, (reader, reader’s or readers’) advisory, guidance, or guides, If You Like, full text books, electronic books, online books, digital books, electronic audio books, literature, literary, online literary magazines, literary ezines (or e-zines), writers, writers’ resources.

LIBRARY COLLECTIONS, INTERLIBRARY LOANS, AND LIBRARY2GO

While you can of course purchase books through bookstores, both local and online, you have other options. One is to request that your local library consider purchasing the books you are interested in for the collection. If the book or books are too specialized or duplicate other similar titles already in the collection, or the library cannot buy the books, there is a third option.

That option is to request the library perform an Interlibrary Loan request on your behalf. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a method by which libraries borrow and loan materials to each other. The majority of libraries in the country, whether public, academic, government, or specialized, participate in this cooperative effort. As long as a single library in the country has the book and is willing to loan it, your local library should be able to attain the book(s). Keep in mind that most will not loan books that are brand new and therefore you may have to wait until they are 6 months to a year old. The Coos County libraries charge $3.00 per request, and this money is used to pay the shipping back to the lending library, so you are only charged if the library succeeds in borrowing the material.

See the Extended Service Office online, or check at the reference desk at your favorite library to make a request.

Unfortunately e-books, digitized audio books, and digitized videos are not available via Interlibrary Loan (only books on CD, MP3 on CD, or tape cassettes are available via Interlibrary Loan).  However, the Coos County Libraries have acquired a service, Library2Go which provides access to e-books, audiobooks, and videos for our registered library patrons.

If you haven’t tried Library2Go yet please do! It is a wonderful service provided free by the Coos County Libraries, which lets you download e-Books, audiobooks, and even videos to your PC, e-Reader, phone, or tablet. The publishers set the permissions for what you can do with a book so be sure to note the permissions set for each book or video.

CATALOGING SOFTWARE FOR BIBLIOPHILES

With so many readers sporting mobile devices and computers it seems appropriate to include links to apps or web-based programs that allow readers to inventory (i.e. catalog) their personal libraries! Many allow the use of a bar code scanner app (assuming a camera is part of your devices’ features), which you can use to search for a book’s information and reduce tedious manual data entry. Having a list of your books and/or magazines will help you avoid buying duplicate copies when out shopping. All of these can also provide a picture of each title’s book cover.

  • Collectorz – www.collectorz.com – Create a catalog of your books on your computer and export to your mobile device. You can buy a barcode scanner for your PC or utilize your mobile devices camera and a bar code scanning app. Utilizes a number of book catalogs besides their own; ISBNdb.com, Google Books, Library of Congress, the British Library, Kindle, MobiPocket and ePub, and many other national libraries and university libraries in order to find your books’ bibliographic data and reduce manual typing. You can export your library catalog to any iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can also share your catalog with other users online via Book Collector Connect.
  • Book Catalogue – https://play.google.com/store – “An easy to use open source (GPL) Android book catalog application. Books can be added manually, by ISBN, or by scanning the barcode.” Searches Amazon, Google Books, Goodreads and LibraryThing for book data.
  • LibraryThing – www.librarything.com – You can enter what you are currently reading or record your entire personal library. You can also share your personal catalog with other LibraryThing users.
  • Ravelry -www.ravelry.com – a knitting social network that includes the ability to inventory your planned projects, yarn, books, and magazines. One warning, only books and magazines that someone has used for a knitting project can be added automatically.

 There are and will be many other programs and sites that provide the capability to create a personal library catalog or database. Not to mention that the technology and market for mobile devices will continue to change rapidly. So here a few links to app stores so you can check for the latest offerings:

  • Amazon Appstore for Android – www.amazon.com/mobile-apps/b?ie=UTF8&node=2350149011 – for Android devices.
  • Apple App Store – www.apple.com/ipad/from-the-app-store – for Apple devices.
  • Apps (from AOL) – mobile.aol.com – for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and MobileWeb.
  • Blackberry App World – appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/? – for Blackberry devices.
  • Crackberry Apps – software.crackberry.com – for Blackberry devices.
  • Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store – for Android devices.
  • Samsung Apps – www.samsungapps.com – “especially developed and carefully selected for Samsung Mobile Phones.”
  • Windows 8 Apps – windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/apps
  • Windows Phone Apps – www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store – for Windows Phone devices.

To search the Web for new apps here are some suggestions for key terms:

library database, book database, library catalog, book catalog, catalogue, book inventory

Combine with these terms:

personal, mobile, [name of your device], app, application, software, program

WEB-BASED ONLY

  • Goodreads – goodreads.com –
  • Shelfari by Amazon – www.shelfari.com – designed to work with Amazon’s web site and collection of offerings. Gives you the ability to share and discuss books with other Shelfari/Amazon users. You can also import your book orders for ease of entry.

COMPUTER-BASED ONLY

Last updated February 2013

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