As if the web itself isn’t seductive enough to those of us who love words, there are innumerable sites devoted to readers. Some are catalogs or online bookstores, and some have information and reviews about books and authors (sometimes even full texts available for downloading).
- Books Should Be Free — free audiobooks in the public domain
- Project Gutenberg has many free ebooks in various formats.
- MobileRead is a wonderful site for anybody who uses ereaders.
- BiblioMania has full texts of many works online in HTML and (sometimes) PDF formats.
- SFF.net, another worthwhile site for book lovers.
- WorldCat, linking the world’s library catalogs together
- If The Libertarian Futurist Society has given a book or author a Prometheus award, it’s worth reading.
- Bookwire is probably familiar to everyone too, but I’m listing it in case there’s someone who hasn’t heard of it yet.
- The Online Books Page
- MX Bookfinder is a search engine for those seeking out-of-print or rare books.
- Science Fiction Poetry Association
- Fantastic Fiction
- FictionDB is a great place for finding series lists or all the books by a particular author
- Internet Book List
- The Big Read
- LibraryThing is the place for creating an online catalog of your own books
Catalogs & Online Bookstores
- Firebird is a great catalog, especially if you’re a fan of Mercedes Lackey.
- Bibliofind specializes in rare and out-of-print books.
- Bookpool has many technical books.
- Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller — orginally a catalog organization, now moving some of its operation to the web.
- Powells is a Portland, Oregon bookstore that sells new and used books via the web.