These tools will help you find a new author or find out what other books your favorite authors may have written!
KDL Our What’s Next™: Books in Series database http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp
- This database is put together by the Kent District Library
- Very helpful if you’re reading a series and don’t know what comes next
- Just put in your author’s name, the series or a book title
- You can narrow down your search by selecting an age group or genre
Lit Map http://www.literature-map.com/
- Sometimes you just run out of books by your favorite author. Literature map helps you find similar authors with an easy graphic.
- Just type in your author’s name to get an author cloud
- The closer the names are your author, the more similar their writing style is
- This site is generated by contributions from users
Awards & Genre Specific Sites
Looking for a book in a specific genre or want to read some award winners? Check these out.
Dear Author for Romance Reviews http://dearauthor.com/
Stop, You’re Killing Me for mystery book information and reviews http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/
Fantastic Fiction for all things fiction http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ (Note: While the website looks ugly, there is a lot of good information in there!)
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/index.cgi
No Flying No Tights for Graphic Novel Reviews: http://www.noflyingnotights.com/
The Children’s Book Review for Youth Literature: http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/
Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature: http://www.dawcl.com/search.asp
ALA’s Best of Lists: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/browse/rlist?showfilter=no
NYT Bestsellers: http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/overview.html
Search & Collection Tools
These tools can help you keep track of what you’ve read, what you want to read, and give you recommendations on what to read next.
Good Reads http://goodreads.com
- Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world.
- It’s FREE!
- Goodreads users can
- recommend books
- compare what they are reading
- keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read
- find their next favorite book
- form book clubs
- write reviews and much more
- Want recommendations based on books you’ve already read? All you have to do is give it a star rating
- It’s a user generated site with more than 13,000,000 members who have added more than 450,000,000 books to their shelves
- How it works:
On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their friends can see what they thought of it. It’s common sense. People are more likely to get excited about a book their friend recommends than a suggestion from a stranger. We even created an amazing algorithm that looks at your books and ratings, and helps you find other books based on what fellow Goodreads members with similar tastes enjoyed. Ultimately, it’s all based on our foundation of true-blue readers. Our members also create trivia about books, lists of the best books, post their own writing and form groups and book clubs.
- LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.
- There are two types of accounts
- Free: You can have up to 200 books
- Paid: As many as you want for $10 (year) or $25 (life)
- LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you’ve read, books you’d like to read, books you’ve lent out … whatever grouping you’d like.
- This is also user generated
- You are in charge of your library. Your catalog shows all the books you’ve entered into your collections.
- You can search your books, sort your books, create new collections, edit book information, print a copy of your catalog, write reviews and apply tags.
- Contribute tags, ratings and reviews for a book, and Common Knowledge (facts about a book or author, like character names and awards
- Participate in member forums or join the Early Reviewers program.
- Everyone gets the benefit of everyone else’s work.
- LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.
- · The forum system is called Talk. The page that lists all the groups in Talk is called Groups. You can search and join groups that cover books or topics you’re interested in, or you can make your own group (which can be public or private).
Shelfari http://www.shelfari.com/(Our Youth Department uses this one)
- Shelfari is a social cataloging website for books.
- It was launched on October 11, 2006. Amazon.com acquired it in August 2008.
- Shelfari users build virtual bookshelves of the titles they own or have read, and can rate, review, tag, and discuss their books
- Tags are really helpful if you can’t quite remember the title or the author, but might remember other story information
- Users can also create groups that other members may join, create discussions, and talk about books, or other topics.
- Recommendations can be sent to friends on the site for what books to read
- You can follow friends to see what they’re reading, set reading goals for the year, and keep reading stats, such as the number of books read and from which genre
- The virtual bookshelf displays covers of books which the user has entered, with popups to show the user’s book information (review, rating, and tags). Organize books into different shelves, including already read, currently reading, planning to read, wish list, currently owned, and favorites
- Again, mainly user generated though some changes must be approved by Shelfari “librarians.”