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Book Crawler
This free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices helps keep track of all the books you read. The reader can log, categorize, search, and back up his/her database.

Use this app to search library catalogs, manage all your family's library accounts, place holds, renew items, and make personal lists. Available for both Apple and Android devices.

Discover, share, and review books with your friends and millions of others on this book focused social networking site and app, available for both Android and Apple users.

OverDrive Media Console
This app enables users to access eBooks and audiobooks borrowed from the library on devices including iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod), Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and the NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color, NOOK HD, and NOOK HD+.

This site provides resources for book clubs and individual readers including over 1,800 reading guides, book discussion help and tips on starting a book club, keeping it going and keeping it fresh.

Readers Circle
Free zip code-based directory for book clubs, reading groups, and literary salons of all kinds. Intended to connect those interested in talking about books, either in person and over the internet. Reader's Circle also has authors available for over-the-phone visits with groups that have selected their book.

Reading Group Choices
Locate books that are good to discuss, plus discussion guides for hundreds of titles. Includes advice for group leaders.

ALA Notable Books
Current and past winners of the American Library Association's Notable Books awards.

Fantastic Fiction
This UK based site offers bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books.

Indiebound bestsellers
Weekly best sellers based on sales from indpendent book stores.

TRL's Great Reads
Links to book lists for adults, teens and children as well as new books, movies, and music added to the library collection.

Great Books
Lists of the Great Books from great critics, fully indexed by author, culture, and time period.

Online Literature Library
"Full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature... from authors like Lewis Carroll, the Bronte sisters (Anne, Charlotte and Emily), Jack London, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and many others, and classic scientific works from Charles Darwin and Rene Descartes."

Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University
Devoted to resources pertaining to the ancient world. Offers texts, translations, philogical tools, maps, and art.

In this digital ebook collection you can enjoy great reads from local Washington authors in the IndieWA collection and “best of” genre collections from indie authors nationwide. Eerie mysteries, alluring romances, memoirs, local histories, and much more. Read and download these ebooks on a variety of devices, with no limits or waiting.

Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Google Books
"Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free."

HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Online Books
The University of Pennsylvania houses an index that includes more than a million works in various formats. Over 40,000 are in their "curated collection", representing entries they've personally edited. The rest are in their "extended shelves," entries that are provided by other organizations and imported in bulk. All of the books are free for personal, noncommercial use.

Open Course Library
A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. Open Course Library's curriculum is developed and maintained by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State Legislature.

Aesop's Fables
Online collection of Aesop's Fables includes a total of 655+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed.

Encyclopedia Mythica
Internet encyclopedia of mythology and folklore from around the world.

Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology
Mythweb's illustrated encyclopedia of Greek Mythology.

Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism Guide
The Internet public Library's site containing links to over 2,000 critical and biographical web sites of authors and can be searched by author, titles, nationality, and literary period.

Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism
This resource from Purdue University describes literary theory, the schools of criticism, and how they are used.

Voice of the Shuttle: Literary Theory Page
An exhaustive collection of annotated links about literary theory, past and present. Back up a bit to be overwhelmed by the Voice of the Shuttle parent-site.

Poetry Archive
Online collection of poets reading their own work. "The Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience." from the American Academy of Poets
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion.

The Poetry Foundation
Find poems, poets, poetry news, articles, and book reviews. Browse for poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins and more.

Book Page Online
Many book reviews and author interviews, mostly focused on new releases.
Online book review magazine: Guides you to the best new and current books, includes reviews, excerpts, reading lists, find a book tool, info for book clubs and more.

Booklist Online
The best book reviews for public libraries and school libraries, and the best books to read for your book club, brought to you by the American Library Association.

A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy.

A monthly top 10 list of the best new releases according to librarians across the nation.

NPR Books
This site offers news about books and authors along with their picks for great reads as well as interviews, reviews, the NPR Bestseller and New in Paperback lists.

Overbooked (Book Links)
A resource for readers featuring Fiction and Mystery titles which received three or more starred reviews from major review sources.

Olympia Chapter of Romance Writers of America
OlympiaRWA provides support, resources, and encouragement to romance writers through networking opportunities, skills development programs, and knowledge sharing.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association
Dedicated to helping writers in the northwest connect to other writers, publishers, agents, and editors across the country.

Poets & Writers
"The nation's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers."

 Database Links

NoveList K8 Plus
Information about fiction and nonfiction titles specifically for grades K-8 as well as advisory, teaching, and learning materials for readers and teachers.

NoveList Plus
Readers' advisory resource which assists fiction and non-fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.

In this digital ebook collection you can enjoy great reads from local Washington authors in the IndieWA collection and “best of” genre collections from indie authors nationwide. Eerie mysteries, alluring romances, memoirs, local histories, and much more. Read and download these ebooks on a variety of devices, with no limits or waiting.

Timberland's Overdrive eBook Collection
Timberland purchases popular fiction and nonfiction books through Overdrive. These ebooks are available 24 hours a day to Timberland patrons with valid library accounts. Ask how to access this collection at your local branch!

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