Hi everyone! I’m starting a 4-part series (and even longer, should we discover a topic for me to research and share) regarding bookish tools and things. I would really love it if you would chime in and tell me what is missing from the list. I will then add it to the list so we can have a comprehensive list to reference into infinity!
Communities + Cataloging + Recommendations
Those 3 categories were just too difficult to break up since many of these sites fall into all 3…so deal.
- Goodreads: A very popular site to sort your collections, share reviews, make recommendations, join groups, make lists, collect quotes, and a plethora of other bookish fun. I think my favorite aspects are the lists and quotes!
- LibraryThing: Very different from Goodreads. I am not a big a fan of the organization, but I’ve won way more ARCs via their Early Reviewers program than I ever did on GR. And the more you review the books you win, the better chances you have of winning in the future. WIN!
- Shelfari: I went on this site years ago, but I’m pretty unfamiliar with it now. I’m sure it has great features!
- The Reading Room: Connect. Share. Recommend.
- Shelf Awareness: They produce a literary newsletter full of all kinds of interesting stuff.
- Figment: Mainly for writers! Lots of awesome author interviews, too!
- What Should I Read Next? Give this a shot!
- Gnooks: Really cool recommendation site. Check out this literature map!
- Whichbook: I think the idea of this site is frakin cool but not sure they have the best source of titles to choose from…
- The Staff Recommends: I’m not exactly sure who the staff are, but they most know books!
- Book Browse: I’m interested to hear about this website’s effectiveness and entertainment value. They do have a fun “What’s your reading personality?” quiz. Apparently I fit into 3 reading categories: Involved. Serial. Eclectic. I’ll take it.
- BookJetty: Another cataloging site
- BookGlutton: Community site with an awesome name
- Book Buzzes: Buzz about books?
- Wow Library: Apparently it alerts you to new content at your local library?
- Any New Books?
- Book Yap
- Your Next Read
Supporting your habit
- Amazon: Those Kindle deals really get ya!
- B&N: Same with Nook deals!
- Book Depository: FREE shipping, world-wide.
- Audible: Audio book membership
- Powells: I desperately want to visit this store one day!
- Book Close Outs
- Half Price Books
- Better World Books
- Books on Board
- Chronicle Books
- Etsy: Totally rad and unique bookish gifts. You can literally find ANYTHING on Etsy!
- Bookish England: Reminds me of Etsy but it is solely dedicated to bookish stuff. So awesome!
- Knock Knock: They have some REALLY adorable bookish things, such as this Personal Library Kit.
- Think Geek
- Out of Print
- Literary Threads
- Wicked Clothes
Recycle your books!
- ARCycling: Awe to the Some!
- Paperback Swap: I ADORE this website!
- Book Mooch: Not familiar, but probably worth a look!
- BimBamBim: Anyone ever use this one?
- Book Crossing: I love when I get used books with a BookCrossing sticker. I should really use this one day.
- Book Swim
- Find Book Signings: An awesome collection of upcoming author events in your state!
- NetGalley: A venue for reviewers to get early copies of books for review.
- Edelweiss: Similar to NetGalley, though I’ve never used it.
- Book Cover Archive: MADE OF WIN! They really need to get some of the awesome YA covers up on that site.
- FictFact: Keep track of all your series.
- Fantastic Fiction
- Series Reading Lists
- Track New Book
- Fuck Yeah, Books!
- Hot Guys Reading Books
I’d love for you to chime in with anything I missed!
- Part 1: Websites (communities/recommendation, supporting your habit, bookish merchandise, recycling, other)
- Part 2: Organizations (major publishers and their spin-off sites, literary orgs)
- Part 3: Apps
- Part 4: Conventions (U.S.)
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