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Websites for Readers

We have compiled the following websites that may be of interest to readers.

General Fiction Websites

Based on the Book
from Mid-Continent Public Library is a compilation of selected books that have been made into movies. You can search by movie title, book, or author.

is a database of selected works of current fiction, many of which are bestsellers. The most unique feature of this site is that there are excerpts from all of the books included in addition to reviews, summaries, author biographies and other related information.

is a portal site which brings together lots of book related sites. From this site you can find links to authors, reviews, reading lists, book stores, discussion groups, lists of award winning books, and much more.

Fiction DB
is a great source for locating mystery, western, and romance authors.

is a site about genre fiction.The site’s author, Diana Tixier Herald, has read over 12,000 books and averages one new book a day. The site has book reviews, books of the week, links to genre fiction, and links to libraries.

New York Times’ Book Review
offers lots of great stuff including bestseller lists, the first chapters of hundreds of books, information about authors, reading group information, and audio interviews and readings. Requires free login.

The North Carolina Literary Map
Created by UNCG Librarians, this site will take you on a tour of NC-based authors and NC-set fiction and nonfiction.

North Carolina Novels
created at the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this list offers fiction titles based on North Carolina. You can select by author, county, city, geographic area, and fictional town.

NPR’s Book Concierge
Hundreds of 2017 titles chosen by the staff of NPR in a lovely browsable interface, plus links to previous years’ selections.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Locus – online journal
Current news, reviews and author information are provided. Their best feature are the lists of recommendations.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America
A good place to go for reading suggestions. Copious information on members is available, as well as a listing of their annual Nebula awards. Reading suggestions include a “Older Don’t -Miss Novels and Short Stories” list and links to recommendations from fellow readers.

SF Site: The Home Page for Science Fiction and Fantasy
An attractive e-zine featuring author interviews, news, reviews and regular columns. The reviews offer reading suggestions, as do “best of ” lists from both readers and contributors. Best place for information on currently available books.

The Speculative Herald
The latest fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative fiction works reviewed by a collective of devoted bloggers.

Speculative Vision – Network
This is a fun site for any wanna-be writers. On-line text of new material is presented as are high-quality interactive stories that can be merely enjoyed or continued by eager contributors.


American Crime Writers League
Find out all about your favorite mystery writers and maybe even find a new one.
Mystery Net is the place for online mysteries and mystery games. Every Month the site features See-n-Solve, Solve-it, Twist and Flash mysteries. Every Day: Get-a-Clue mini-mystery, Teasers by Members.

Stop, You’re Killing Me!
is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.


The Cabinet – Horror in Literature
Literature is but one of the areas available here. That section alone offers author links, message and story boards. Links to articles about horror compliment the many direct links to the full texts of classic and current horror stories.

Horror Writers Association
Links to members’ pages are here, as is a full listing of winners of their annual Stoker Award. The reading lists include their Top Horror Of All Time and 13 Recommended Titles Currently in Bookstores.


All About Romance
This claims to be THE romance readers’ home for romance novels, reviews, authors, and more. It is a lively and popular site for and by romance readers, with an interactive and back-fence atmosphere. They offer printable lists for library or bookstore visits. It also has a great purple prose parody section!

Romance Writers of America
The RWA is made up of more than 8,000 published and aspiring romance novelists, and while mainly for authors or would-be authors, this site has extensive information for readers. For example, their Romance Novel Data base allows you to search for books by title, by author, by author’s home state, or look for heroes named Jake! It also has links to author web sites, current romance best sellers, and is the home of the RITA Awards, given for the top romance books each year.

Romantic Times Online
The online version of the popular magazine, this site has news and features, plus easy access to their book reviews and recommendations, along with a direct connection to an online bookseller.


African American Literature Book Club
As well as being a book club, this site has information about authors and poets, and book excerpts to read and poetry to hear. You can learn about popular and interesting new books and classic titles. Also available online is Mosaic Literary Magazine, a quarterly eMagazine devoted to all aspects of Black and Hispanic publications. Each issue features reviews of the latest books, interviews with some of today’s top authors, and previews of adult and children’s books.

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color
An instructional website focusing on the lives and works of North American women writers of color. It has an extensive list of authors, many with biographical and critical information, as well as a listing of their works. The site includes African American, Asian American, Chicana/Latina, Arab American, and Native American authors. There are also guidelines for use of their resources in high school curricula.

Inspirational – Author Profiles
This site includes profiles on fiction and non-fiction Christian writers. From the author profile, there is a link to some of the author’s works as well as to similar authors readers may enjoy.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library Fiction
Access to full-text Christian classics are available free of charge from this web site. Fiction includes stories by G.K. Chesterton, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, George MacDonald, and Charles Sheldon. Since this site is full-text, it is slow to load.

Left Behind Series
This is the official web site of the popular Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. This series, which begins with the rapture of believers and continues through tribulation and the anti-Christ.


ReadWest Magazine
An online magazine “honoring authors of Western Literature,” this site has links to authors, book reviews, poetry, and news of interest to western readers. It includes the Spur Award winners, with information about the books and their authors and also has a section of short fiction that you can read online. A calendar lists where authors will be reading across the country.

Western Writers of America
The WWA is an organization primarily of writers, the group that gives the Spur Award for the best western novels every year, and this is their official website, with the usual information on dues, conventions, etc. But it also provides an excellent online magazine, Roundup, which has a wealth of current information of new western books, as well as articles about their authors and other subjects of general interest.

Women Writing the West
This is another organizational website, an important one from which you can connect with women writers, publishers, editors, and others interested in telling the stories of the women who lived in the west. The site has author links and samples from their newsletter.

All Book Lovers

American Library Association’s List of Challenged and Banned Books
A collection of information regarding books that have been challenged over the past year.

Alibris: Rare, Used, and Hard to Find Books
A self-described “books you thought you’d never find” treasure.

This site allows users to search for used or rare books and booksellers who have them available for purchase in association with

Book reviews, ads, and best seller lists.

Bookwire from RR Bowker
Contains newsworthy items about the book industry, publishers, and the latest bestsellers.

Chegg both sells and rents textbooks, which can save students money in education costs. Plus, students get 7-day free eTextbook access while they wait for their physical books to be delivered.

A literature study guide search engine.

Online Books Page Presents Banned Books Online
A wonderful collection of full-text online books that have been the object of censorship in one form or another.

Powell’s Books
Used, new, or out of print, Powells Book Store knows just where to get it for you.

Regulator Bookshop
The official site of the popular Durham bookstore, the Regulator online provides a decidedly local twist to choosing books with lists of staff favorites, new books by local authors, and an email list for Regulator regulars.

Union catalog of materials in libraries world-wide.

Note: Durham County Library is not responsible for the content of these external sites.