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Literature Resources

  • Academy of American Poets - locate poets and poems, poetry resources, information on National Poetry Month, local events , reading recommendations and more
  • ALEX Catalogue of Electronic Texts - collection of 14,000 “classic” public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy
  • All About Romance - Reviews, hundreds of romance author interviews, blogs, romance reader forums, industry coverage, and more.
  • Association for Library Services to Children Book and Media Awards - Award winning books for children
  • Baen Free Library - Free downloadable science fiction and fantasy ebooks
  • - classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge. Locate easy searches for quotations, dictionary entries, novels, encyclopedia information and more
  • Based on the Book - a compilation of over 1,200 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures
  • Books and Authors - look up a title and find read-alike suggestions; includes detailed information about titles and authors
  • Classic Short Stories - web site dedicated to the short story and to those interested in reading light prose
  • Cozy Mystery List - A Guide to Cozy Mystery Books and DVDs.
  • Famous Poets and Poems - free poetry site with a large collection of poems and quotes from over 628 poets
  • Fantastic Fiction - Bibliographies of over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books
  • Fiction Connection - discover titles similar to books you already enjoy
  • Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts - resource providing links to mythology and folklore texts from around the world
  • - Free downloadable audio books
  • Librodot - free Spanish-language library offering more than 10,000 online titles, and 1,000 authors from 60 countries. Una biblioteca en Español de libros gratuitos. Con más de 10,000 títulos y 1,000 autores de 60 nacionalidades
  • - Database of over 36,000 quotations
  • Literary Criticism Collection - Internet Public Library Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works
  • Literature Map - Type in an author's name and a map appears showing similar authors. 
  • LitLovers - dedicated to book clubs and readers in general,   includes reading group guides and book club resources
  • - Free downloadable ebooks
  • Nancy Pearl's Book Lust - Recommended reading from world famous librarian Nancy Pearl
  • Project Gutenberg - is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books worldwide
  • Open Library - An ambitious project to create an online catalog of every book in every language ever published is under way. Presently offering one million full-text books
  • Sonnet Central - a large archive of English sonnets, relevant web links, and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work
Rare and Antique Books
  • Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America - encourages and promotes interest in and appreciation of fine and antiquarian books and other printed materials and manuscripts and establishes, maintains, and promotes professional and ethical standards in the trade
  • Americana Exchange - web-based resource for those who deal in, deal with and/or collect books and related material
  • Rare Book Room - educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world
For Writers
Page last updated April 10, 2012