Internet Resources - Literature


  • 3M Cloud Library
    Browse and check out popular titles from the library, and use the 3M Cloud Library PC Software to transfer e-books to your e-reader. The 3M Cloud Library automatically syncs to all your devices that have the 3M Cloud Library App downloaded to them. You can start reading on your iPad and continue later while waiting some where and reading from your phone - right where you've left off.
    Browse related subjects: Literature
    Like the book Sequels, first published by ALA in 1982, this database aims to include the best, most enduring, and most popular novels in series that might appeal to today's adult readers. eSequels lists the most popular series so you can discover a new author or rediscover an enjoyable series of years past. It indexes character, location and subject as well as author and title so you can identify a series that you may recall only vaguely, and gives brief annotations that describe each title without "giving away" any surprise endings. eSequels indexes U.S. and British series novels and European series that have been translated into English. Note:You will need to enter your library card number on the website to use the service.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literature
  • Literature Resources (Gale)
    Literature criticism, biographies, work and topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works--all searchable at the same time and returned in lists organized according to the type of research needs they serve.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature, Poetry
  • OneClickdigital
    The OneClickdigital collection includes Recorded Books exclusive/subscriptions titles -- over 3200 audiobooks for adults and 1300 for kids, as well as 100 Spanish titles. It also includes distributed titles by major audio publishers, based on patron and library requests. OneClickdigital also has an eBook collection of classical literature and popular titles available with Adobe Digital Editions. The service is PC and Mac compatible as well as is iPod and iPhone compatible. The OneClickdigital mobile app is available via the iTunes App Store. You'll need your library card number and pin to access the service from outside the library.
    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Literature
  • Overdrive
    The library makes ebooks and downloadable audiobooks available from OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library. The collection contains over 3000 audiobooks and over 2000 ebooks. Items are available for download with the use of Overdrive software. The collection is PC and Mac compatible as well as iPod compatible. You'll need your library card number and pin to access the service from outside the library.
    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Literature

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  • a.k.a. Also Known As
    Author pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, maiden names, pen names, etc.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Indexes, Literature
  • Baen Books
    This science fiction and fantasy publisher is making some of its titles available digitally, including some by well-known authors. About 120 titles are currently available, and new ones are being added regularly. These books can be saved to a PC or sent directly to a Kindle.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literature
  • Bartleby Library
    Searchable collection of American and English literary works, including reference, verse, fiction and nonfiction. Also includes several sources for quotations.
    Browse related subjects: Dictionaries, Indexes, Literature, Quotations
  • Digital Book Index
    Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1,800 commercial and noncommercial publishers, worldwide universities, and various private sites, including Gutenberg, NetLibrary, and Google. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, although some titles do have a download fee. A device with Internet access is necessary for use; Digital Book Index supports iPad, Kindle, and Nook readers. Loan periods vary depending on the e-book source. Titles and subjects vary widely, from science, history, and law to literature, the arts, and children's books, with some titles going back to the 1600s.
    Browse related subjects: Literature
    Standard memberships are free and offer unlimited access to e-books in HTML format and access to five e-books every month in PDF or TXT formats. is maintained by a group of bibliophiles whose mission is to promote literacy and share their authors' messages with the world. Titles include fiction, nonfiction, business, and lifestyle; all are by lesser-known authors.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literature
  • Google Play
    Google Play offers nearly 3 million free e-books from the public domain. In addition, Google has partnered with publishers and authors to make hundreds of thousands of e-books available for purchase, including new releases and bestsellers, with new titles added every day. Google Books stores a user's library in the digital cloud, so books can be read on just about any device with an Internet connection. Google Books is compatible with Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, web browsers, and many supported e-readers. (Previously called Google Books.)
    Browse related subjects: Literature
  • Inkmesh
    Inkmesh is an ebook search engine to find free ebooks and compare ebook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and more. Each record indicates the devices that are compatible with it. Searching by subject allows for narrowing by free, price, or device.
    Browse related subjects: Literature
  • Internet Public Library Literary Criticism Collection
    Critical and biographical websites about authors and their works.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature
    A library of quotations, where you can find more than more than 36,000 quotations from over 6,000 famous people. Read the most brilliant and smartest things ever said.
    Browse related subjects: Actors, Authors, Literature, People, Quotations
  • LitLinks
    A guide to the best literary sites online for both classic and contemporary authors.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature
  • Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature
    Comprehensive anthology and critical guide to English literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, Restoration, and Eighteenth Century.
    Browse related subjects: Literary Criticism, Literature
  • Munseys
    Munseys offers 20,000 titles in twelve formats. Titles can be found by searching author, title, or tags, and browsing is available in thirty-nine different categories. Tip: when downloading a title, first click "Select One" to choose the desired format, then click "download."
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literature
  • Open Library
    Open Library, an online site of more than one million books, is part of the Internet Archive. Not all of the titles are available in digital format; some records link to WorldCat, where library holdings of physical copies can be viewed. Also available are e-books for users with an Open Library account, enabling the borrowing of the lendable e-books using laptops, reading devices, or library computers. Account holders can borrow up to five e-books at a time for up to two weeks. The site provides access to all of Project Gutenberg's books, plus hundreds of thousands of others as well. The selection ranges from Little Golden Books to off-the-beaten-track science fiction to textbooks to classics from Rudyard Kipling and Shakespeare. One hundred fifty libraries have donated scans of 85,000 books, which are available for download to patrons of those libraries which donated books.
    Browse related subjects: Literature
  • Poetry Tool
    Only one part of the Poetry Foundation's excellent website, Poetry Tool offers entry to thousands of poems, poets, and articles from Poetry magazine.
    Browse related subjects: Literature, Poetry
  • Project Gutenberg
    A library of over 20,000 free books whose copyright has expired in the United States.
    Browse related subjects: Literature
  • Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg permits downloading of more than 33,000 free e-books to read on a PC, iPad, Kindle, or other portable device. These e-books are previously published by bona fide publishers and digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers. All e-books can be freely downloaded. No registration is required.
    Browse related subjects: Literature
  • Reader's Circle
    Reader's Circle is a book club networking site serving the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with listings for local groups, author events, and phone chats. Searching the directory of listings for book clubs and reader's circles is free but requires registration. This resource also offers 189 authors who are available for over-the-phone visits with groups that have selected their book.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Directories, Literature
  • Reading Group Choices
    Reading Group Choices selects books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature
  • Short Story America
    A free home for readers and writers of short stories--a new short story is published every Friday. The mission of the site is "to bring the short story back into the mainstream of American culture, to bring the short story author back to prominence in American literature, and to enhance American students' awareness and education in the art and value of the short story."
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature
  • The Online Books Page
    The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. This site provides indexing/ searching and link to sites offering free, online digital content. It indexes more than one million titles, including academic, classics, self-published, and serials. Searches can be done by author, title, subject, and LC call number. Titles must be read online, so an internet connection is necessary. In some cases, individual sources cite a variety of formats and restrictions.
    Browse related subjects: Literature
  • Voice of the Shuttle
    Extensive network of links to many areas in the humanities, including author home pages, journals, and literary criticism.
    Browse related subjects: Literary Criticism, Literature
  • What's Next Database
    Kent District Library maintains this excellent database that helps search series fiction. It is searchable by book title, series title or author title.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Children's Literature, Literature
  • What's Next Database
    The What's Nextâ„¢: Books in Series database helps you search series fiction. (A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.) This database is developed and is maintained by the Kent District Library.
    Browse related subjects: Indexes, Libraries, Literature

Local Links

  • Reader's Link
    Uncover new reading adventures, find long-remembered favorites, and discover award-winning titles. Search by genre, subject, author, title, series, and more. Compiled by SCPL librarians.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature

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