I’m an ebook author and a big supporter of the digital revolution. Of course you’d expect someone with this many books available to say that! However, I’m also a lover of old-fashioned print books, and I have shelves and shelves of them in my home. That’s why I like this site — 100 Places to Connect With Other Bibliophiles Online | OEDb.– because it has 100 sites where book lovers can connect, to buy, sell, and trade books, discuss them, and make recommendations to other book lovers. You’ll find lots of great sites here, and it’s a great way to use the Internet to connect with other lovers of print books — kind of a merging of the new and the old!
I write ebooks and I’m firmly committed to the digital revolution, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to curl up with a good old-fashioned print book now and then. Books have been my friends and teachers since I was a boy of six, and I don’t ever see a time when I will abandon them. That’s why I like BookFinder.com, which is a site where you can search for print books online. Just type in the title, author, keyword or ISBN number and in seconds BookFinder.com will search 150 million books online to find what you’re looking for. It will find you new, used, rare, out-of-print, international books, or textbooks, and it will compare prices for you. You can look for first editions or signed copies, and you can also specify your price range. The search results list will have links to sites where you can buy the books online and have them shipped to you. All in all, BookFinder.com is a great site for bibliophiles the world over!
What a great concept — to interview interesting people about five books they would recommend to anyone. FiveBooks | The Browser. has interviews with philosophers, poets, scientists, theologians, politicians, movie directors (Woody Allen), and they talk about books that influenced them. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the minds of some very creative, deep thinkers and the interviews are filled with ideas, not gossip. The interviews are short, but they’ll make you think. There are links to each book that is discussed, so you can buy it if it sounds interesting. It’s a book lover’s delight!
Ever get excited about buying a book for your Kindle, only to find out it’s not available in ebook form yet? It’s happened to me a number of times. I love reading books on my Kindle, but not every book is available in electronic format yet. That’s why eReaderIQ.com is so great — it lets you know when your favorite books are available on the Kindle, so you can download them right away. Not only that, this site tells you about recent price drops for specific ebooks, as well publishing a list of free ebooks. You can set up a watch list to find out when a certain book is available on Kindle, or when its price drops, or even if it is being offered for free.
If you love reading ebooks, this is definitely a site to bookmark.
Okay, I have mixed feelings about this one. I’m a self-published author, so of course I’d like to sell as many of my ebooks as possible, and I don’t really like all the free ebooks there are online. The availability of free ebooks make it hard for guys like me to make a living, because so many people are filling up their e-readers with free stuff. However, in the interest of serving my audience, I’ll tell you about Hundred Zeros, which is a site that lists tons of free ebooks every day. These are supposedly best-sellers, too, which means you’re getting a real bargain. Amazon’s KDP program allows authors to offer their ebooks for free five times every quarter. Hundred Zeros keeps track of these freebies, and gives you links to them. It’s a great way to save money on your ebooks, but please — consider buying an ebook from authors like me who don’t always give their work away for nothing. Remember — there are a lot of great indie authors out there waiting to be discovered!
Can’t find the right word? Stuck on a plot point? Stymied by a character who won’t do what you want? Need to find research on famous explosions? There’s probably help for your problem on the Internet, but how do you find it? Go to the Writer’s Knowledge Base. This database was compiled by author Elizabeth Spann Craig, and it’s got a treasure trove of links to sites that have advice, information, and help for writers. Craig searches for writing links on the Web and she Tweets about them, but she also assembled all of her resources in one place — here. Definitely bookmark this page if you’re a writer, but there’s something here for just about everyone.
The conventional wisdom says nobody reads anymore, that the world will soon be run by a generation that refuses to read anything longer than a text message, which is why newspapers and libraries will be extinct in 20 years. The reality, however, is that people are reading more than ever, which is evidenced by the explosion of book clubs, book blogs, and Web sites about books. You’ll find a list of these at 100 Places To Connect With Other Bibliophiles Online, and it’s a comprehensive list indeed. These are sites where you can read reviews, recommend books to other readers, swap books, collect books, catalog your collection, and much more. As a book lover myself, I am encouraged to see so many sites where people like me can meet. The future of reading looks good.