There's a common misconception that book readers have an aversion to all things technology, but I'm here to set the record straight: we enjoy computers, devices, and the internet just as much as the next person. Considering the thousands of author pages, book blogs, discussion boards, interactive fan pages, and more, there are more than enough websites for book-lovers that prove we truly appreciate the wonderful world of technology.
From virtual bookshelves to online book clubs to book recommendations, there's no end to the wonders the bookish side of the internet holds. While serious book-lovers can all agree that we will never let go of our physical libraries, it doesn't mean we can't build incredible digital ones, too. And the many bookish websites on the internet offer so much more than just organizational and tracking tools for readers. They help connect people to an entire community of readers who want to share recommendations, find new books, and engage in lively discussions of all things literary.
Are you an avid reader looking to expand your literary world? Here are 11 websites perfect for book-lovers who just can't get enough of the written word.
You cannot consider yourself a true bookworm unless you have a Goodreads account. A website where users can track and rate books, participate in book discussions, join reading groups, find book quotes, and more, this is the end-all, be-all for book-lover websites.
If you're looking for an easy way to get all of your daily literary news, look no further than Literary Hub. Self-described as "a central place for writers, publishers, books, bookstores, librarians, and readers to congregate and celebrate books and literary culture," Lit Hub his a website and newsletter that rounds up the latest in literary happenings. If you want to know what's happening in the book world, you won't want to miss this site.
If you prefer ebooks to physical ones, you should familiarize yourself with BookBub, a book blog, discounted digital book website, and free daily email that notifies readers about deep discounts on every kind of book. Easily customizable to send you notifications about your favorite kind of books, you can find everything from bestsellers to classics and everything in between. Whether you're a Kindle, Nook, or iBooks user, BookBub will help you expand your digital TBR list beyond your wildest dreams.
Another virtual bookshelf option, LibraryThing helps readers catalogue their books online. Free for the first 200 titles, LibraryThing does more than help you organize your reading list. Its also a place to review books, join reading groups, and talk about all things bookish.
Rumi is often referred to as a mystic, a saint, an enlightened man. He is less frequently described as a Muslim: https://t.co/Cg3CSF9BBU— NYer Page-Turner (@pageturner) January 5, 2017
For an online source of book criticism and conversation, you can't go wrong with The New Yorker's book blog, Page-Turner. Featuring book round ups, reviews, interviews, and more, this site should be bookmarked on every book-lover's web browser.
“Cicero, had it exactly right when he said, 'A room without books is like a body without a soul.'” https://t.co/AemFHMuldT— The Millions (@The_Millions) January 24, 2017
A smart and independent book blog, The Millions rounds up book lists, reviews, seasonal suggestions and previews, and more. It even has a place where readers can ask the site's book experts questions, so no matter what kind of literary curiosity you have, The Millions can satisfy it.
Readers Report: The Emperor's New Clothes https://t.co/RmyE8GN29w— The Rumpus (@The_Rumpus) January 24, 2017
The blog that brought you Dear Sugar, a.k.a. Cheryl Strayed, is a fun website for true literary lovers. Featuring everything from books to comics to music to movies and more, The Rumpus is your one-stop shop for all things cultural.
A blog covering book news, reviews, advice, fun listicles, and more, Book Riot is a website for true readers. If you're looking for a new reading challenge, bookish gift suggestions, or even a podcast about all things reading, Book Riot is the online place for you.
Featuring a submission site for aspiring writers, book reviews and essays, creative writing, poetry, and even a bookish store, Electric Literature is a fun and funky destination for readers. Head there if you want to learn about how pop culture intersects with literary fiction, why dystopian novels are all the rage, and what Scuttlebutt is all about.
An online literary journal, self-described as "radical," 3:AM Magazine is your online destination for literary criticism, fiction, poetry, author interviews, and a healthy does of philosophy. Spend a few hours there, and not only will your reading list expand, but you're mind will be blown.
Because you can never have too many digital bookshelves, Helloreads allows users to keep track of their reading list and get other suggestions. Looking for a new book? You just may find it here.