Selected Free Readers' Advisory Websites

A special thanks to Joyce Saricks, National Readers' Advisory Service speaker and writer, for the initial list.

Have a new recommendation or notice a broken link for one of the websites? Please Contact Valerie Osborne, Northeastern Maine Library District consultant.

Websites

AllReaders.com
Primarily Fiction, with Biography and History genres the only nonfiction sections. Search by author to find reviews.
Amazon.com
Bibliographic information, as well as published review and customer comments on a wide range of titles. Genres lists, including best sellers by genre, and book discussion questions.
Amazon.com's Movers and Shakers
What's hot!
Adult Reading Round Table
Genre study notes, annotated booklists, and more.
Authors on the web
Author news, websites, bibliographies, and more
Baker & Taylor's Fast Facts
Weekly email notification of new books and publicity
Barnesandnoble.com
Information similar to Amazon's
BookBrowse.com
Current fiction and nonfiction by author, title, and genre. Also ratings (critical and member), book discussion guides, best sellers, and "Favorite Book" award winners
BookSpot.com
Portal site for hundreds of book-related sites, including best sellers lists, award winners, and assorted reading lists
Dear Reader
Formerly Chapter-a-Day offers a variety of fiction and nonfiction book clubs.
Entertainment Weekly Book Page
Keep up-to-date on popular culture
Fiction_l (subscribe through Morton Grove webrary below) Premiere readers' advisory mail list.
Gnooks
Provides an opportunity to find reading suggestions and readalikes
IndieBound (formerly known as Book Sense)
Titles promoted in independent book stores
Library Journal Best Sellers and PrePub alert
Most popular books in libraries, based on contributions from reporting US libraries and advance notice of popular titles.
Library Booklists and Bibliographies
Links to more than 1400 library booklists and readalike lists, fiction and nonfiction.
National Public Radio
Check both the Books and Arts and Culture sections
Overbooked
Self-proclaimed website for "ravenous" readers. Reviews, links, and lists galore.
Readers Advice
Offers author biographies and subject-based similar authors
Readers Advisory Link Farm
Project of University of Indiana library school
Reading Group Choices
Fiction and nonfiction reviews and discussion guides
Reading Group Guides
Fiction and nonfiction discussion guides
What's Next?
Best guide to series order. Not annotated but access by author, title, or series title.

Blogs

Cindy Orr's RA Roundup on Libraries Unlimited's RA Blog
Weekly updates on books and media for librarians. Covers 200+ blogs!
Early Word
Nora Rawlinson's daily update on hot new titles
Bookweb at Williamsburg Regional Library (VA)
And their award-winning blog:  http://bfgb.wordpress.com/

Other Resources

  • Reviews in popular media
  • Audiobook catalogs for nonfiction ideas