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?).
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!
28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Online resources for booklovers”
I mentioned my local library on my list, too!
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-online-resources-for-book-lovers/
My library’s online resources were essential throughout the pandemic!
I immediately ran to the app store and downloaded Serial Reader, that idea is sheer GENIUS!
I hope you enjoy it! I’ve gotten through some great books with it!
Great list! Love Bookshop.org ❤
Me too! Makes me feel good about online book shopping.
I was really into Serial Reader when it came out. I need to get back to it! I’m a librarian, though not in a public library, so I am a “power user” of library resources!
Three cheers for libraries! It’s nice to finally be able to walk back into my neighborhood branch (although it’s still not open on weekends), but those online resources were essential during the shutdowns of the past year.
Indeed they were! I worked at home all year–mercifully, my job was the type that could go on from home and via Zoom.
I just saw Serial Reader on another blog and it sounds so great! I definitely have struggled to get through classics in the past.
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 love libraries so much, more now that I can get ebooks and avoid fines. I was always so bad at taking the books back on time.
My list— https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/10/19/ttt-books-i-loved-but-will-probably-wont-re-read/
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. ❤
From your list, the apps/sites I use are Goodreads and my local library.
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I always love local libraries! And I love that I can use my library apps even while traveling, so there’s always access to more to read.
I’ve entered my entire library into Libib, and I love it. But just like you, I haven’t updated it in a while😁
After writing this post, I started entering my Kindle purchases of the past year into Libib… and man, there were a lot! Nothing like updating Libib to realize you’ve gone completely overboard!
I love paper books, so it took me a long time to bite the bullet and buy a Kindle. Surprise, surprise—I love my Kindle as well. It makes reading e-books and ARCs from NetGalley so easy!
I agree! I finally bought a Kindle years ago after finishing the books I had with me while on a plane, with another two hours left on the flight. I was stuck with nothing to read but an in-flight magazine — the horror! 🙂
Like most here, I like the sound of Serial Reader and will have to check that one out.
I’ve really enjoyed it the times I’ve used it — it’s gotten me through some big books that I probably never would have gotten to otherwise.
Goodreads is huge for me. I have 9 on my list: https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/10/top-ten-tuesday-online-resources-for.html
Goodreads is tried and true! I really rely on it.
I love Bookstagram. It’s my favorite.
I know a lot of people love it! I’m not on Instagram at all, but the bookstagram aspect might eventually tempt me.
#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!
Aw, so sweet! Thank you! I love Whatever and Dana Stabenow too — so many wonderful books recommended and brought to my attention — they’re definitely responsible for adding tons of books to my never-ending TBR list.