Top Ten Tuesday: Online resources for booklovers

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Online Resources for Book Lovers (what websites, podcasts, apps, etc. do you use that make your reading life better?).

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I didn’t think I’d have ten to share — here are a selection of apps and websites that make my bookish life a little easier, cheaper, and better:

1 – Goodreads. Need I explain? I’ve been on Goodreads for about 10 years, and while some elements bug me, I value it for easy access to book and author info, and especially as a way to keep track of my own reading and library.

2 – Serial Reader: I love this app! A great way to access public domain titles in easy-to-digest daily installments. I haven’t read a Serial Reader book in several months, but I’ve loved it every time I’ve used it. How else could I possibly have made it through Moby Dick???

3 – Book Riot: Source of bookish info, e-book deals, and giveaways.

4 – BookBub and Riffle – more e-book discounts!

5 – OverDrive: I love this app, for listening to audiobooks borrowed from the library.

6 – Bookshop.org: Buy books and support local bookstores! What could be better?

7 – Libib: I just realized that I haven’t updated my Libib in several months. Argh! I set up Libib to track the unread books on my shelves and as a quick and easy way to figure out what books I already own. It’s easy to use and refer to… but now I need to get in there and bring my records up to date.

8 – My local library‘s website and app, for updates on operating hours, special events, and most of all, putting in hold requests and borrowing digital resources.

9 – I almost forgot to mention my Kindle! Not necessarily the actual device — which I love, but which isn’t an app or online resource — but the Kindle app, which lets me read my books on the go, even when I don’t actually have the device with me.

10 – Probably obvious for anyone who listens to audiobooks, but I use my Audible app all the time!

What do you know… that’s 10 after all!

What are your favorite bookish apps or online resources?

If you wrote a TTT this week, please share your links!

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Online resources for booklovers

    • Serial Readers keeps it fun and easy to get through huge books, and there’s always the option to read ahead once you get into the story! I’ve gotten through a couple of Dickens novels with Serial Reader, and some classic sci-fi too, like H G Wells.

    • I do get frustrated with e-book loans because (at least with my library) they’re not renewable, and especially with borrowed audiobooks, sometimes it’s a race to finish on time, or else “lose” the book even though I’m not done.

      • Mine are renewable as long as there isn’t a hold on them by someone else. You can also turn off Wi-Fi to prevent them from being returned. The book still gets “returned” so that the next person can read it, but it can’t disappear off your device until you connect again. ❤

  1. #1– #5, Book blogs and book reviews! Bookshelf Fantasies, Whatever’s “The Big Idea” feature, Dana Stabenow’s Monday book review, Stabenow’s deep list of Goodreads reviews, & Modern Mrs. Darcy are among my daily/weekly go-to online sites for discovering my next great read. Thanks to all the book bloggers!

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