The Top 11 Sites for Book Lovers

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Love to read? You'll find that there are many communities made specifically for book lovers of any possible genre, whether to buy, browse, or talk about the books that have impacted your life. Whether you're looking for a textbook, a comic book, a romance, or a cookbook, the chances are very good that you'll find it with one of the book websites listed below. Most of these sites offer the reader a chance to get involved in discussions, reviews, and active conversation. Also, buying books on the Web can end up in some serious savings, not to mention the amazing variety that is available to you.

The following sites offer lots of benefits, including:

  • Instantly downloadable to your e-reader.
  • Full books available to read from within your web browser.
  • Books that you can order and receive in the mail.
  • Interact with your favorite authors online.

Whatever you're looking for, there's a good chance you'll be able to find it here.

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Goodreads

A screenshot of the Goodreads website.

What We Like

  • Personalized book recommendations.

  • Curated lists for book clubs and genres.

  • Annual Goodreads Choice awards.

What We Don't Like

  • Offers only preview samples of most books.

  • Limited selection of readable e-books.

  • Readers can rate books before they are released.

Looking for people who love - or hate - the book you're currently reading? How about book reviews, detailed feedback, and plot discussions? Goodreads is all of this and more, a fantastic interactive community where you can find books you want to read, keep track of the books you are reading right now (this ends up being a fascinating archive of your reading library), and see what people you keep in touch with are interested in. One of the best sites on the Web for people interested in the written word.

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Amazon

A screenshot of the Books category on the Amazon.com website.

What We Like

  • Paper books, e-books, and audiobooks.

  • Recommendations based on previous purchases.

  • First Reads early access program for Prime members.

What We Don't Like

  • Most reviews too brief to be helpful.

  • No social aspects.

Amazon.com is one of the best places on the Web to begin your book search. You can find out of print books here, rare books, used textbooks, and much, much more. You can also use Amazon to find upcoming book titles or take advantage of coupons specifically for Amazon.

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ReadPrint

Screenshot of the Readprint website.

What We Like

  • Thousands of free online books.

  • Online book clubs and groups.

  • Author quote section.

What We Don't Like

  • Library of mostly classics rather than modern works.

  • Broken links to some books.

ReadPrint is a free online library where you can find literally thousands of free books to read for free online, from classics to science fiction to Shakespeare. Download these books to your computer, your mobile device, or simply read them within your Web browser.

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BookFinder.com

Screenshot of the Bookfinder website.

What We Like

  • Generates book price comparisons.

  • Searches inventories of 100,000+ booksellers.

  • Specializes in textbook searches and buybacks.

What We Don't Like

  • Bare-bones website.

  • Provides searches and price comparisons only.

BookFinder holds over 100 million new, used, rare, and out of print books within its substantial index. This is a good place to find books from independent publishers, as well as books that had limited printings.

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Google Book Search

Screenshot of the Google Book Search website.

What We Like

  • My Library section for collecting books and magazines.

  • Personal reading history section.

What We Don't Like

  • Navigation not user friendly.

  • Awkward search process for new reads.

Google Book Search allows you to search actual book text to find what interests you, and then gives you various places on the Web you can buy these books. Only text that is NOT copyrighted is searchable. Many free books are available here to read online as well as magazines, journals, and e-books.

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Indie Store Finder

Screenshot of the Indie Bookstore Finder on the IndieBound.org website.

What We Like

  • Search by ZIP code displayed on map.

  • Search results include name, city, distance.

What We Don't Like

  • Indie Best Seller list dominated by mass-market books.

This search engine, hosted by IndieBound.org, a community of independent bookstores, is easy to use. Simply enter in your zip code to Indie Store Finder, and you'll be taken to a list of more than 1200 independent bookstores across the USA who are plugged into this unique book search engine. It's an easy way to find a local bookstore near you that might carry interesting books you won't be able to find anywhere else.

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Comic Book Resources

Screenshot of the Comic Book Resources website.

What We Like

  • Extensive reviews for selected comic books.

  • Previews of soon-to-be-released comics.

  • Slick website with top-notch graphics.

What We Don't Like

  • Comic books overshadowed by comic TV/movie topics.

  • Useful "find a comic shop" feature buried on the website.

Comic Book Resources is a fantastic resource for comic book lovers; you can find information about both old and new comic books, as well as local comic book stores in your area. If you are a comic book aficionado, this is an excellent source for your favorite heroes and heroines.

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AddAll.com

Screenshot of the AddALL website.

What We Like

  • E-book search results from 30+ sites.

  • Includes separate out-of-print search screen.

What We Don't Like

  • Basic appearance.

AddAll is a comparison shopping book search engine that you can use to search for books from an enormous selection compiled from many online booksellers. Search by title, shipping destination, state, and price.

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Alibris

Screenshot of the Alibris website.

What We Like

  • Attractive, easy-to-navigate website.

  • Rare book section.

  • Includes new and used options in search results.

  • Convenience of buying from multiple providers in one cart.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited buyer reviews.

  • No social interaction features.

Alibris.com is a great place to find used books, used textbooks, rare books, out of print books, and more. If you're looking for books from independent publishers, this is one of the best resources online.

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Online Book Search - University of Pennsylvania

Screenshot of the online book search at the University of Pennsylvania.

What We Like

  • Search by partial title or partial author name.

  • New listings link to newly uploaded material.

What We Don't Like

  • Basic page layout.

The Online Books Page from the University of Pennsylvania allows the searcher to search and read actual online text of classic books. For example, a search for "Jane Austen" resulted in a huge list of everything Austen on the Web. Search results will give you links to where these works can be found in their entirety, as well as where they can be downloaded for free.

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Powells

Screenshot of the Powell's City of Books website.

What We Like

  • Has books you won't see anywhere else.

  • Includes graphic novels for kids.

  • Well-organized website.

What We Don't Like

  • You have to click on book to see the price.

  • Limited to paper books. No e-books or audiobooks.

Powells Books has been around for since 1971, and you can find an extremely eclectic selection of books here, anything from historical novels to self-published books.