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New York Public Library – Our Most Recommended Books of 2015

From the New York Public website:  “Before we launch headlong into a new year of books, here in Readers Services, we thought it might be fun to reflect on the 365234298657 billion books (an exact number) we recommended in 2015.”

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree

“For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free. “–From the website.

Thanks to Earnest Shinault at Gaston Park Library for this posting.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange

Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. It’s built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we’re working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about science fiction or fantasy.–From the website.

DOAB : Directory of Open Access Books

The primary aim of this site is to increase the discoverability of books of open access books.  It is geared to academic books, but many of the books available could be of interest to public library customers.

Free eBooks From Smashwords

Smashwords is a site where you can find ebooks from indie authors and publishers.  It is a commercial site, but for Price, you can click on “Free” and can get a large number of free ebooks available for download from the site.

Common Sense Media

Includes a database by the non-profit organization Common Sense Media of reviews on all types of media (movies, books, games, websites, apps, music, and TV) that parents and their children can use to find trustworthy information about all of these kinds of media.

Rare Book Room

“The “Rare Book Room” site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.

Over the last decade, a company called “Octavo” digitally photographed some of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. These books were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page).

This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.–From the website

National Storytelling Network

” The National Storytelling Network brings together and supports individuals and organizations that use the power of story in all its forms.  We advocate for the preservation and growth of the art of storytelling.”–From the website.



This is a search engine designed to lead you from an idea, person, place, etc. in one book to additional titles that feature or discuss whatever interests you.

This accompanying article gives some more infomation about this site: 

Thanks to Alex Peyton from Cordova for this posting.

Overbooked : a resource for ravenous and omnivorous readers

“Was established in 1994 and continues to be an ongoing volunteer project. Overbooked’s mission is to provide timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction for ravenous and omnivorous readers.”–From the website.

Author Name Pronunciation Guide

Ever love a book but you don’t want to tell people about it because you’re not sure how to pronounce the author’s name?  Use this site to listen to recordings of authors speaking and explaining their own names.

Web Sites For Book Lovers

The Morton Grove Public Library offers this very extensive list of links to web sites on books, including many that will help a reader find a good book.

eBook Discovery and Sampling Skyrocketing at Public Libraries

OverDrive, the leading world-wide distributor of eBooks and audiobooks, shared some interesting statistics at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference.

Key statistics for library eBooks, audiobooks and digital media from OverDrive-powered ‘Virtual Branch’ websites in 2011 include:

  • 1.6 billion book and title catalog pages viewed, up 130% from 2010
  • 99.5 million visitor sessions, up 107%
  • Mobile device use increased to 22% of all checkouts
  • 35 million digital titles checked out in 2011, with 17 million holds
  • The OverDrive catalog for libraries now includes 700,000 copyrighted eBook, audiobook, music, and video titles in 52 languages, including 300,000 titles added in 2011

Book Burning, 213 B. C. – 2011 A. D.

This is a companion website to an exhibit, at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, on books that have been burned from antiquity to the present day.