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Book Discussion Guides

Interactive guide to books of all genres, with discussion questions and more.

Contains more than 500 reading group discussion guides, information on how to start and run a reading group, and links of interest to established groups.


Book News & Reviews

This site is a comprehensive guide to current, international literary award information for all genres.

This website serves as a companion to C-Span 2'S weekend programming which features non-fiction books and their authors. Advance information on programming is offered, as is background information on authors and links to bestseller lists from arounf the country.

The digital counterpart of the American Library Association's Booklist magazine. Offers a selection of book and audiovisual media reviews, along with feature articles.

Book news, lists, reviews, awards, and author information.

Online counterpart to Mosaic magazine. Reviews of new Black and Hispanic literature. Also has a listing of book clubs across the U.S. that focus on African American literature, including some that meet online.

Online version of the weekly magazine. Articles, classifieds, and an archive of past issues.



See also Madison Area Booksellers

Provides access to the inventory of 12,000+ booksellers from around the world for new, used, rare, or out-of print books.

Comparison shopping.

50 million + new, used, and out of print books.

Specializes in rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints. Large booksellers directory, book search, online catalogs, and a book fair calendar.

Comparison shopping.

Access to 70 million+ new, used, rare, and out of print books.

Comparison shopping.

Independet bookstore of  used and rare books.

Search multiple used/rare book resources at once: AbeBooks, Alibris, Antiqbooks, Bibliophile, livre-rare-book...


Electronic Books

See also our subscription resources.

An book index that links to millions of free-to-read titles.

A collaboration between major research institutions and libraries, offering digitized content via the Google Books project, Internet Archive initiatives and local libraries.

Offers over 46,000 free ebooks for download or viewing online.


General Resources / Databases

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Book reviews, author interviews, award winners, bestseller lists and much more.

This site from Kent District Library can be use to identify books in a series. Search by author, title, or series name.


Libraries & Library Catalogs

DCLS is the primary public ilbrary service for many residents of Dane County.

Provides a wealth of legal information, from advice on general topics like debt or immigration to information and forms specific to the state of Wisconsin. Also offers legal research guides and an ...


Writers' Resources

Browse poems by popular theme

Exists to promote and protect the careers of professional horror writers and those seeking to enter their ranks

Comprehensive group of advertisers in an easily navigated format, giving users a vast range of choices in as few clicks as possible

APA and MLA styles, grammar, and a whole lot more. Searchable.

SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres