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Reading Advocacy


  • Canada Reads Find out what the CBC panelists are reading this year.


Online Bookstores


  • Abelibrary From the Advanced Book Exchange; the largest community of independent booksellers
  • alibris Replace your favourite lost book -- search through 14 million out of print or rare books
  • Amazon.ca Look for new books, old favourites, reviews, authors - over a million items to browse or buy at the largest online bookstore now in Canada
  • Barnes & Noble The second largest online bookstore, but more literary focused with online reviews from the New York Review of Books
  • Bibliofind If it's out of print or rare - check this site for an antiquarian bookseller
  • Chapters/Indigo Online Bookstore Two biggest bookstores in Canada have merged to form one entity
  • DirectTextBook Compare prices and order your textbooks online
  • FetchBook Compares the prices of all kinds of books in 62 new and used bookstores with one click


eBook Sites


  • Bartleby's an online collection of dictionaries, quotations, Roget's Thesaurus, bible and more for the literature student.
  • Bibliomania classic literature in digital format with summaries, chapter by chapter sections, study guides and more -- poetry, drama and short stories as well as full length novels.
  • Chapter a Day Online Bookclub no bookclub in your town or library? Join our online club and get chapters of popular works emailed to you for discussion with other readers.
  • Digital Library Books when your local library is closed and you need to read a particular book, check this site for copyright-cleared digital texts -- especially Shakespeare and Dickens.
  • Ebook Library at the University of Virginia public domain ebooks formatted for the web, as well as handheld devices.
  • Litrix Reading Room 'a quiet place for lovers of good writing'.
  • Malaspina much more than an ebook site, Malaspina is a research tool based on the 'great ideas' of the 18th century thinker Alessandro Malaspina who gave his name to BC's Malaspina University College.
  • World eBook Library read or download books from a collection of thousands -- poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Links to popular reference sites too.


Bestseller Lists



General Fiction


  • Also known as try this site to decipher author pseudonyms, pen names and others "also known as" -- check out the list of authors with ten or more pseudonyms.
  • All readers reviews thousands of book reviews of your favourite mysteries, sci-fi, romance, history and more. Also links to Allwatchers which is movie reviews.
  • Based on the book looking for book/movie tie ins? Find them on this site from the US Mid-Continent Public Library.
  • Book Bytes librarian Marylaine Block has some good reading lists in different categories.
  • Bookbrowser a collection of popular reading lists now part of Barnes & Noble.
  • Booklist Center currently has over 380 lists in dozens of categories -- includes non-fiction, scholarly and core lists for libraries.
  • Bookmuse excellent resources for bookclub members with recommended reads, reviews and leader's tips to get discussions going.
  • Book Reporter books into movies -- read the book and see the movie.
  • Bookspot links to book reviews, reading lists, author and publisher information, book stores, book news, events and more.
  • Bookwire comprehensive online portal into the book industry from Bowker.
  • Fiction_L Booklists hundreds of recommended books and authors, by theme, style, ethnicity or just for laughs.
  • Genreflecting lists and reviews of current books for adults and teens sorted by genres such as horror, crime, romance, etc.
  • Gnooks a fun site to find related author read alikes -- type in a favourite author and get other suggestions -- the closer they are on the screen the more similar they are.
  • Halton Hills Public Library reading lists in various genres.
  • Hennepin County Library System lots of links to specialized fiction categories.
  • Kitchener Public Library from action adventures to up and comers, this site has a reading list for everyone -- check out the books into films list!
  • Mostly Fiction reviews of current fiction.
  • Overbooked genre fiction, starred reviews, hot lists and more.
  • Read Alikes a good selection in many genres for adults and children - from the Waterboro Public Library.
  • Reader's Advice over 15,000 titles in all genres and many sub genres -- author and series indexes too.
  • The Reader's Robot 'reviews that reveal the appeal' from the Thompson Nicola RDLS in B.C.-- a searchable database of genre fiction created from reviews.
  • Readers Services sites for book lovers from the Rochester Hills Public Library.
  • Storycode a unique source of inspiring book recommendations and a great way to find the next book to read. And its power comes from the collaborative passion of readers.


Books into Film


  • Based on the book Extensive list of books made into movies from the Mid Continent Public Library. Compiled from more than 1150 books, novels, short stories and plays adapted into motion pictures since 1980. Search by book title or author and movie title and year.


Books in Series






Mystery and Crime


  • Cluelass annotated links from three comprehensive guides -- The Bloodstained Bookshelf, Deadly Directory Online and the Mysterious Homepage.
  • Crime Fiction Canada Canadian crime, mystery and detective fiction in a scholarly site from Brock University.
  • Crime Writers of Canada biographies, awards and the annual "Bloody Words" conference.
  • Mystery Guide all thriller genres plus hundreds of book reviews.
  • Mystery Lists by Topic whether it is death in the kitchen or crime for the holidays you will find mysteries for all at this site.
  • Sisters in Crime promoting the work of women mystery writers -- includes Canadian writers.
  • Stop You're Killing Me 'a site to die for.... if you love mystery books'.
  • Tangled Web a British resource for reviews, digests, and author profiles -- 'a website to die for'.
  • The Thrilling Detective 'private eyes and other tough guys' with lots of links to other mystery sites.





Science Fiction


  • Locus Index for science fiction fans -- from the Locus Magazine.
  • SF Lovers reference section, resource guides, bibliographies, fandom and much more.
  • SF Site reviews and links to science fiction authors.
  • SF Writer Canadian and Nebula award winning SF writer Robert J. Sawyer, has an outstanding website for SF fans.
  • Uchronia the SF genre known as alternate histories or counterfeit worlds.
  • University of Michigan SF and Fantasy Website includes an online library of public domain fantasy and science fiction stories.




  • Read the West from American Western Magazine -- includes films and music as well as books.
  • Western Writers of America best westerns of the 20th century, reviews, and the annual Spur Awards winners dating back to 1953.


Fiction Reviews and Literary Criticism


  • The Atlantic Online book reviews, interviews and other literary items from the monthly magazine.
  • BookCrossing a global book exchange and book club -- also gives reviews and recommendations.
  • BookPage a monthly general interest book review -- covers the best in new releases -- typically reviews up to 100 of each month's new fiction, nonfiction, business, children's, spoken word audio, and how-to books.
  • Canadian Literature Archive information about Canadian writers, novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, Canadian literary organizations, magazines, publications, texts and library archives -- from the University of Manitoba.
  • CM - Canadian Review of Materials magazine that reviews books and other media for readers of all ages - plus a searchable archive of previous reviews.
  • Gale Literary Index online cross reference to biographies and essays in the printed Gale literary series.
  • January Magazine an award-winning, electronic reviewing magazine -- reviews all categories, including children's, non-fiction, crime and sci-fi -- also has author profiles and insightful interviews.
  • Library Journal read reviews and other features online from this established professional journal.
  • The New York Times search through an archive of over 50,000 book reviews - plus expanded bestseller lists, first chapters and a link to the famous Barnes and Noble online bookstore. Free registration required.
  • Online Literary Criticism a good starting point for finding criticism, plus biographical information, from the Internet Public Library.
  • Penguin Classics browse the world's classic literature, engage in discussions, play trivia and read literary guides to over 1600 titles.
  • Web English Teacher study guides for hundreds of novels and plays.


Book Discussion Guides


These popular publishers' sites have been created for the use of book discussion groups. They are also useful for general book reviews.


Poetry on the Web



Writing Contests


  • CanLit Writing Contests where to send your own literary masterpiece - a collection of sites for writers of fiction and other genres.


Literary Awards



Language Guides and General Reference


  • BibBuilder keep track of your bibliography items on this site in MLA format, then copy and paste them into a word processing document.
  • Citing Electronic Resources MLA and APA style guides from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.
  • Glossary of Literary Terms from "alliteration" to "zeugma" courtesy of Professor Harris at Vanguard U in California.
  • Hypergrammar an electronic grammar course offered by the University of Ottawa's Writing Centre.
  • Non-sexist Language produced by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
  • OneLook Dictionaries access to over 460 dictionaries - general and specialized - such as art, medical and foreign languages.
  • World Wide Words a terrific site for word lovers with sections for new phrases, word meanings and more.



Your comments & suggestions are appreciated. Please mail them to Mary Zadow at the Milton Public Library.


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