10 Best Sites for Book Lovers

Get recommendations, buy books, and leave reviews

Love to read? 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 let you get involved in discussions, reviews, and active conversation. Plus, buying books on the web can end up saving you some serious money, not to mention introduce you to a huge variety of books that you may not even know exist.

You can also use these sites to instantly download books to your e-reader, read the full book online from your web browser, interact with your favorite authors, and trade books with other readers. Whatever you're looking for, there's a good chance you'll be able to find it here.

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mystery books on the Goodreads book site
What We Like
  • Personalized book recommendations.

  • Curated lists for book clubs and genres.

  • Annual Goodreads Choice awards.

  • Book giveaways.

What We Don't Like
  • Offers only preview samples of most books.

  • Limited selection of readable eBooks.

  • Readers can rate books before they're 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.

It's simply one of the best sites on the web for people interested in the written word. You can even win books if you enter open giveaways.

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Amazon books
What We Like
  • Paper books, eBooks, and audiobooks.

  • Recommendations based on previous purchases.

  • First Reads early access program for Prime members.

What We Don't Like
  • Most reviews are too brief to be helpful.

Amazon.com is one of the best places to begin your book search. You can find out of print books, rare books, used textbooks, and much, much more.

You can also find upcoming book titles and save money with coupons that work on Amazon.

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BookFinder.com 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 helps you compare book prices between multiple sources at once. There are used books, textbooks, new and rare books, and out-of-print titles.

This is a good place to find books from independent publishers, as well as books that had limited printings. You can search by author, title, ISBN, keyword, or publisher, plus define a low and high price, search by publication year, and more.

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Google Books

Google Books search for The Elephant in the Brain
What We Like
  • My Library section for collecting books and magazines.

  • Personal reading history section.

  • Filtering option to find just free books.

What We Don't Like
  • Navigation isn't very user friendly.

  • Awkward search process for new reads.

Google Books lets you search actual book text to find what interests you, and then provides various places where you can buy these books. Only text that isn't copyrighted is searchable.

A lot is available for free here, like magazines, newspapers, eBooks, and others.

The advanced book search tool lets you define how your keywords should be used in the search, like to look for every word you specify or a phrase. Results can be filtered by language, title, author, publisher, subject, publication date, ISBN, and ISSN.

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Indie Bookstore Finder

a book with local store options on Indie Bookstore Finder
What We Like
  • Search by ZIP code displayed on map.

  • Results include name, city, and distance.

What We Don't Like
  • Indie Bestseller list dominated by mass-market books.

This easy-to-use search engine is a community of independent bookstores. Simply enter your ZIP code to see bookstores all across the US who're plugged into this unique book search engine.

This book site provides an easy way to find a local bookstore near you that might carry interesting books you won't be able to find anywhere else. See the Indie Bestsellers page for a weekly updated list of bestsellers and nearby locations where you can get them.

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Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Resources home page
What We Like
  • Extensive reviews for some 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.

Comic Book Resources is a fantastic resource for comic book lovers; you can find information on both old and new comic books, as well as local comic book stores in your area.

If you're a comic book aficionado, this is an excellent source for your favorite heroes and heroines.

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Screenshot of the AddALL book search site
What We Like
  • Results from thousands of sellers.

  • Includes separate out-of-print search tool.

What We Don't Like
  • Basic site design.

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 currency.

This book site compares book prices between dozens of sites at once, from over 100,000 sellers. You're bound to find the best price here.

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Screenshot of the alibris website
What We Like
  • Attractive, easy-to-navigate website.

  • Rare book section.

  • Convenience of buying from multiple providers in one cart.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited buyer reviews.

Alibris is a great place to find used books and 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. There are over 270 million books and tens of millions of other items like movies and music.

The site's advanced book search tool lets you locate books by title, author, subject, keyword, ISBN, price range, publication year, free shipping eligibility, language, binding type, attribute (e.g., signed or first edition), and more. There's also a handy multiple ISBN search box that lets you find bundle discounts.

Alibris has interesting ways to find books, like the section that has $1 books, the Popular Authors list, and book subjects like cookbooks, travel, poetry, and art.

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UPenn's Online Books Page

Online Books Page from UPenn
What We Like
  • Search by partial title or partial author name.

  • New listings link to newly uploaded material.

What We Don't Like
  • Very dull site design.

  • Few search options.

The Online Books Page from the University of Pennsylvania lets you find and read online texts of classic books. For example, a search for Jane Austen shows a huge list of everything Austen on the web.

Search results give 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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Powell's Books

Powell's used books
What We Like
  • Has books you won't see anywhere else.

  • Includes graphic novels for kids.

  • Well-organized website.

What We Don't Like
  • Cluttered website design.

Around since 1971, Powell's Books lets you find an extremely eclectic selection of books, anything from historical novels to self-published books.

The home page has sections for bestsellers, picks of the month, and special situations such as Black History or Pride month. This is a great way to get started, but you can also browse by two dozen subjects and new arrivals.

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