Make the most of your public library, friends’ books, magazines, publications and online resources.

“And great and heroic men have existed, who had almost no other information than by the printed page. I only would say, that it needs a strong head to bear that diet. One must be an inventor to read well. As the proverb says, “He that would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry out the wealth of the Indies.” There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.” – R.W. Emerson

Book Recommendations

The Book Seer: Type in the last book that you read and it will recommend books for you to read.

Listmania  Amazon: Find lists of book recommendations based on a particular theme or other books you like. To do this click on this link and then log on. Go to create you own list. Go to the top of the page and enter a book title or theme into the search. Lots of lists should come up for you to browse through. You can also create your own list of book recommendations.

Book Sharing

BookMooch: “BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books. BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.”

Book Crossing: “It’s the World’s Library. It’s a smart social networking site. It’s a celebration of literature and a place where books get new life. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers. There are currently 906,715 BookCrossers and 6,771,409 books travelling throughout 132 countries. Our community is changing the world and touching lives one book at a time.”

BookHopper: “It’s book sharing via the mail and it’s free.”

Books Online

Google Books:Book Search works just like web search. When we find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, we’ll link to it in your search results.If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, you’re free to download a PDF copy.”

ReadPrint: “Free online books library.”

Project Gutenberg: “Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.”

Gizmos: “This is a listing of 260 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing.”

Fried Beef’s Tech: A list of best places to get free books. Including book swaps and other creative ways of passing on books.

Open Culture: A list of places to listen to Audio books. This includes fiction and non-fiction as well as a list of Audio book websites.

Wikibooks: “the open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit.”

Wikiversity: Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more, try a guided tour or start editing now.”

Textbook Revolution: “Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you’ll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources.”

Kindle Lending Club: A place to lend or borrow kindle books for up to 14 days at a time.

Articles, Papers & Journals

Google Reader: Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.

Wikipedia: the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”

Google Scholar: “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.”

Directory of Open Acesss Journals:  “This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.”

JSTOR: “is a not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship.”

The Browser: “Writing worth reading.”

All You Can Read: “a massive media directory of 22,800 local and international magazines and newspapers from all over the world. Over 200 countries are represented.”

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.” – A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)


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