Readers' Advisory on the Web: Using the Internet to Connect Readers with Books

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When asked: “Gee, as a librarian, aren't you concerned that computers are going to replace books?”, or “Isn't printed matter obsolete now that everything can be found on the Internet?”, your answer should be a resounding “NO”. Thanks to the Internet, book lovers can get even more information on their favorite authors, genres, and titles than ever before.

Wouldn't it be great if you had the time to read every single book ever published? Wouldn't you love to be an expert on every author and genre? Well, now you can come awfully close to such perfection – all with the power of the Internet.

As librarians, we have the almost limitless ability to get information for our patrons. Many reference questions can be answered quickly and easily online, and now we have the opportunity to give that same fast, concise service to our fiction readers as well. We can find author information, pre-publication alerts, plot summaries, instant reviews, and much more.


Author Information

BookBrowse
www.bookbrowse.com/index.cfm
All kinds of great info site wide but mark it particularly for authors.

BookBrowser at Barnes and Noble: Meet the Authors
www.barnesandnoble.com/writers/browse.asp
Information such as author interviews, suggested reading, bibliographies.

Yahoo Directory – Authors on the Web
dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/Literature/Authors/
Can assist in finding authors by category, finds fan sites as well as official author sites.

Book Reviews

Mostly Fiction
mostlyfiction.com/index.html
Reviews of at least a dozen newly published books per month.

BookSlut
www.bookslut.com/reviews.php
Reviews of uncommon titles.

Genrefluent
www.genrefluent.com/
Particularly useful for YA reviews.

Book Reporter
www.bookreporter.com/
Nicely designed site, features reviews of newer titles.

Book Spot Book Reviews Resource
www.bookspot.com/reviews/
Links to the book sections of 13 major metropolitan newspapers, 9 notable magazines, and 6 book review websites.


Readalikes

Hennepin County If You Like Database
www.hclib.org/pub/books/iyl/
Search booklists by author name or theme/genre.

Series Information

What's Next: A Searchable Database of Novels in Series – Kent District Library (MI)
www.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp
Searchable database of novels in series.
 

Notable Library Sites

Reader's Club - Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (NC)
www.readersclub.org/default.asp
Over 2000 staff reviews in their database.

Reader's Services - Morton Grove Public Library (IL)
www.webrary.org/rs/rsmenu.html
A powerhouse of web links for book-related information.

Reading Resources – Skokie Public Library (IL)
www.skokie.lib.il.us/s_read/
Standout feature: Librarian reviews.

Read This Now – Cleveland Public Library
www.readthisnow.net/
Features the Reader's Resources section showcasing 22 different fiction genres, and the Book Tracker.

Electronic Mail Lists

Dorothy-L
www.dorothyl.com/
A discussion and idea list for the lovers of the mystery genre.

Fiction_L
www.webrary.org/rs/FLmenu.html
An electronic mailing list devoted to reader's advisory topics such as book discussions, booktalks, collection development issues, booklists and bibliographies.

One to Watch

The Internet Book List
www.iblist.com/
Aims to be the literature equivalent of the Internet Movie Database

Presented April, 2004
 Rebecca Vnuk
 EPL
 125 Prospect Ave
 Elmhurst , IL 60126
 630-279-8696 ext 329
 rebecca.vnuk@elmhurst.org