Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love. Find the best books for you by seeing what your friends are reading, checking our your personalized book recommendations and reading the community’s reviews. You can also track the books you are reading, have read and want to read and browse the Goodreads choice awards in many genres. There are also author interviews, trivia, quizzes, quotations and a Listopia of lists of books to read in many different categories.
Project Gutenberg is a collection of over 50,000 free ebooks that are in the public domain, organized for you to download or read online. Digitized and proofread by thousands of volunteers, you can search by title, author or most popular books, many of which can be downloaded to your Kindle. Good for classic literature, poetry, drama, out of print and hard to find books. Think Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and William Shakespeare as well as children’s authors Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, L.M. Montgomery and Kenneth Grahame. Some titles are available as audio books too.
This is a fabulous way of swapping books you no longer want for new reading material. Once registered, you upload details of the books you want to swap, then search the library for books you want to read. Your book list is then sent to the owner of the book you would like to read, and if they see something they like on your list, a swap is agreed. It’s a one for one swap system, no credits need to be accumulated, and it works really well.
Bookcrossing is leaving a book in a public place for anyone to find and enjoy. Register your book at this site and get a BCID, a book crossing identity number, which you can then use to track it’s journey. You simply download labels to print out, or order some ready printed for you, pop one inside your book, then leave it on a park bench, in a train station, on the table in your favourite coffee shop, anywhere another reader is likely to find it. If the finder chooses to log in, enter the book’s BCID and state where it was “caught” it can be an interesting experience to follow it on it’s journey. You can start a BookCrossing Zone in a college or workplace, shop or cafe as a place where books are regularly donated, you can connect with other readers in the forums, even attend a convention. It’s a fabulous way to thin out overstuffed bookcases and as it says on the web site, “Don’t be shelfish with your books.”