booksBooks, Reading & Libraries See also:
Homework Links: BOOKS & LITERATURE
Teen Zone: LIBRARY
FRIENDS of the LIBRARY
INTERLIBRARY LOANS
SPPL ONLINE LIBRARY CATALOG

Bestsellers and new books at the South Plainfield Library
Free eBooks, audiobooks, music and more
Project Gutenberg
Internet Text Archive
Recommended Reading lists from the South Plainfield Library staff
NovelList Readers Advisory
Select Reads
Ebsco Literary Reference Center
Blooms Literary Reference Online from Facts on File

General

NovelList Readers Advisory Novelist - Have you found a book you like, and want to read other books like it? Do you enjoy international spy thrillers, romances set during the Renaissance, or mysteries with a food theme? NoveList helps you find new books to read based on books you've already read or topics in which you are interested. NOTE: You'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to start. (EBSCOhost)

Select Reads Select Reads eNewsletters - Select Reads newsletters deliver reading recommendations based on your unique personal interests straight to your computer or mobile device. Includes books, audiobooks, dvds, and music! Sign up for a newsletter on one of the popular topics listed under MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS, or click on the MY SELECT READS tab to create personalized alerts based on any topic you choose! Click on any book title in the listing for a book description, author bio, and GoodReads reviews. On the AUTHOR CHECK page you can sign up to get email alerts on your favorite authors too! (Replaces NextReads.)

Recommended Reading lists from the South Plainfield Library staff Recommended Reading Lists - The South Plainfield Public Library staff has put together dozens of reading lists for kids, tweens & teens, and adults to help you find books you'll enjoy; new lists are added regularly. The lists cover popular fiction & non-fiction genres/subjects, seasonal & holiday themes, favorite authors & series, and more. If you see a book on one of the lists that interests you, just click on the *CHECK CATALOG* button and request it!

Authors Guild Member Profiles - Brief profiles of hundreds of authors, with contact info and links to their websites, arranged A to Z.

Author Interviews - see AUTHOR INTERVIEWS, below.

Book Arts Web - Extensive links to material on bookbinding, conservation, repair, printmaking, and other book-related arts (last updated 2021; by Peter D. Verheyen, Syracuse University Library). Another good resource on book arts is the Guild of Book Workers (last updated 2011; non-profit organization). Dartmouth College offers an online Book Repair Manual which explains how to do simple book repairs. Written for librarians, but useful for anyone wanting to repair an injured book. Includes a related page of Book Preservation FAQ.

Book Buying - see IndieBound, below.

Book Donations - See Where to Donate: Books (South Plainfield Public Library).

Book Fairs and Festivals (Book TV) NEW! VIDEO - Coverage of book fairs and festivals from across the country. (C-SPAN)

Books on Screen - 'Each month, our Books on Screen feature spotlights movies, television shows, miniseries and specials that are based on books of various genres - including novels, memoirs, comics, children's books, short stories and poetry - along with the latest DVD releases' (BookReporter.com). See also Select Reads eNewsletters.

CENSORED: Wielding the Red Pen - An online exhibit which 'hopes not so much to judge censors and censorship but instead to provoke questions' about whether there are any situations where restrictions on materials or ideas might be justified or appropriate. Click on 'Walk Through the Exhibit' to get started (University of Virginia). See also Banned and Challenged Books (American Library Association).

Diversity Literature - See GENRE / DIVERSITY LINKS, below. For children, see HOMEWORK LINKS: Books - Multicultural Literature

Early Word - This website's mission is 'to give libraries the earliest information possible on the books their customers will be looking for,' but there is much here that will be of interest to readers as well, including advance notice of books being made into movies or TV shows. (By Nora Rawlinson, a former editor of Library Journal and editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly, et al.)

Genre Literature - See GENRE / DIVERSITY LINKS, below.

History of the Library - A brief history of libraries from ancient Mesopotamia through the 20th century (History Magazine). See also A History of US Public Libraries NEW! (Digital Public Library of America).

IndieBound - As an alternative to buying books from that enormous online retailer or big box store, why not support your local indie bookstore by shopping online via IndieBound? Enter your zip code in the 'Buy at Local Store' box to find an independent bookstore near you and a link to purchase through its website. Bookshop.org is another online book-buying alternative. You can choose a specific local bookstore to receive the full profit off your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores (even those that don't use Bookshop). All orders are fulfilled through Ingram.

Literary Traveler - For those interested in exploring locales from the world of literature, this site offers informative and interesting articles about writers and creative artists, and the places they lived and traveled. Links and other resources are included.

Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes: How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author - 'Locating a novel, short story, or poem without knowing its title or author can be very difficult. This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase.' (Library of Congress). For children's books, see also Loganberry Book Stumpers, below.

Reading Group Guides - Offers advice on starting and running a reading group, with book recommendations, reading guides, interviews, recipes, and more. Most of the reading group guides provided here are contributed by each book's publisher (From BookReporter.com). See also Starting a Book Club (American Library Association). Most major publishers now offer reading group guides for books they publish; go to the publisher's website and find the webpage for the specific title you're interested in to see if there's a reading group guide. For literary classics, see Penguin Classics Reading Guides & Penguin Teacher's Guides (includes non-fiction) UPDATED LINK!, Knopf Doubleday Reading Group Guides, and/or student-oriented sites offering study / discussion questions such as Spark Notes (Barnes & Noble) or Cliffs Notes. If you're interested in joining a local reading group, the South Plainfield Library hosts ongoing Book Discussion Groups for Adults. PLEASE NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, out Adult Book Club meets monthly online.

World of Books - Annotated selections of 'noteworthy books from around the globe.' Includes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, but only covers books published through 2002. Searchable by country (Library of Congress). For more recent international literature, see Words Without Borders.

WorldCat® - Search for books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials in over 10,000 libraries worldwide. When you find the item you want, enter your zip code to find it in the libraries nearest to you. Now you can also register for a free account and create lists of favorites you find when searching (OCLC / WorldCat). If you want a book or other material which the South Plainfield Public Library doesn't own, you can request it using our Interlibrary Loan service.

AUTHOR INTERVIEWS:


AND SOME OTHER LITERARY SITES YOU MIGHT LIKE:


Booklists, Awards, Reviews, & Genres

See also:
Literature

NovelList Readers Advisory NoveList - Have you found a book you like, and want to read other books like it? Do you enjoy international spy thrillers, romances set during the Renaissance, or mysteries with a food theme? NoveList helps you find new books to read based on books you've already read or topics in which you are interested. NOTE: You'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to start. (EBSCOhost)

Select Reads Select Reads eNewsletters - Select Reads newsletters deliver reading recommendations based on your unique personal interests straight to your computer or mobile device. Includes books, audiobooks, dvds, and music! Sign up for a newsletter on one of the popular topics listed under MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS, or click on the MY SELECT READS tab to create personalized alerts based on any topic you choose! Click on any book title in the listing for a book description, author bio, and GoodReads reviews. On the AUTHOR CHECK page you can sign up to get email alerts on your favorite authors too! (Replaces NextReads.)

Recommended Reading lists from the South Plainfield Library staffRecommended Reading Lists - The South Plainfield Public Library staff has put together dozens of reading lists for kids, tweens & teens, and adults to help you find books you'll enjoy; new lists are added regularly. The lists cover popular fiction & non-fiction genres/subjects, seasonal & holiday themes, favorite authors & series, and more. If you see a book on one of the lists that interests you, just click on the *CHECK CATALOG* button and request it!

ALA Notable Books - The Notable Books Council's annual list of '25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.' See also ALA's Notable Children's Books. (American Library Association).

BOOK REVIEW SITES - see below.

Booklist Notable Books - See ALA Notable Books, above.

BookTrust Book Lists - Searchable database of recommended books for children and teens, on a variety of themes. Book Trust also operates Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction) & other prizes. (UK nonprofit organization)

Genre Literature - See GENRE / DIVERSITY LINKS, below.

New York Public Library (NYPL) Recommends - A large searchable collection of fiction and non-fiction booklists created NYPL librarians. Use the dropdown menus to choose subject/genre and audience (children, teens, adults, teachers).

New York Times: Books AUDIO [NOTE: Free registration required for full access] - Online book news and book reviews from the New York Times. Includes Bestseller lists and podcasts. Also of interest are the New York Times lists of Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2021 NEW!, 100 Notable Books of 2020, 25 Best Children's Books of 2020, Critics' Top Books of 2020, and Ten Best Books of 2020.

NPR Best Books of the Year - A selection of thousands of titles NPR staff and critics loved in the past year, with links to lists from previous years. Covers dozens of categories. See also NPR Summer Poll: 100 Favorite Books NEW!

Nobel Prize in Literature VIDEO - Lists all the authors selected from 1901 to the present, plus articles, text excerpts, video interviews, and more. Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded in letters, drama, music and journalism beginning in 1917.

Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists - Bestsellers in Hardcover Fiction, Hardcover Nonfiction, Trade Paper, Mass Market Paper, Children's Fiction, Children's Picture Book, Audiobooks, and Top 10 Overall, plus Cookbooks, Romance, Mystery/Detective, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Graphic Novels, Bio/Autobiography, and History.

The Reading Lists - Interviews with successful and well-known guests on their reading recommendations for a variety of academic, business, arts and other topics.

Series & Sequels: Fiction DB - Searchable lists of author series, publisher series, and multi-author series. Can be searched by author, title, series name, or characters (Kelly Petersen Wong et al.). See also NoveList Reader's Advisory (library card barcode required).

BOOK REVIEW SITES:


SELECTED GENRE / DIVERSITY LINKS:

See NOVELIST Readers' Advisory Tool, SELECT READS eNewsletters, Book Browse, and Fiction DB for all genres & themes. For children, see HOMEWORK LINKS: Books - Multicultural Literature


Children's & Teens' Books and Reading

See also:
Finding Children's Books on eLibraryNJ
HOMEWORK LINKS: Books & Literature
KIDSTUFF: Books & Stories
TEENZONE: Library

Find new books based on books you like! Novelist K-8 is a great online resource for helping parents and kids find that next great fiction read. NoveList K-8 Plus also provides access to thousands of nonfiction titles designed to support the curriculum and kids' pleasure reading. Created especially for kids, it has a colorful, graphic-rich homepage and is very easy to use. Hundreds of hand-crafted Recommended Reads reading lists created for teens and kids will excite even the most reluctant of readers. NOTE: You'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to start.

Recommended Reading lists from the South Plainfield Library staffRecommended Reading Lists - The South Plainfield Public Library staff has put together dozens of reading lists for kids, tweens & teens, and adults to help you find books you'll enjoy; new lists are added regularly. The lists cover popular fiction & non-fiction genres/subjects, seasonal & holiday themes, favorite authors & series, and more. If you see a book on one of the lists that interests you, just click on the *CHECK CATALOG* button and request it!

Click here for South Plainfield Public Schools Summer Reading Info

Adolescent Literacy VIDEO - Information and resources for parents and educators of 'struggling adolescent readers and writers', grades 4 - 12. Includes articles, themed booklists, Q&A, reading discussion guides, newsletters, author interviews, video presentations and more. (WETA Public Television)

Babies & Books - This site suggest activities to help you share the joy of books and reading with your child during the early stages of growing (newborn through toddler). (Mid-Hudson Library System)

Best Fiction for Young Adults - Yearly recommendations of the best fiction for teens. The page includes links to many additional Young Adult Book Awards and Booklists including Best Nonfiction for Young Adults; use the lefthand menu to choose and award category listed under Book Awards & Book/Media Lists. See Best Books for Young Adults archive, 1996 - 2010 for earlier selections. (American Library Association)

Children's Book & Media Awards - Links to various lists of award-winning books and media, from the Association for Library Service to Children. Includes all the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners. (American Library Association)

Children's Book Council Book Search - Search for children's books by keyword, or browse by age, format, genre, and more. The site also offers Reading Lists on a number of themes.

Children's Classics Online - The Baldwin Project and Gateway to the Classics offer an extensive online collection of children's literature texts for works in the public domain in the United States (first published before 1923). NOTE: Advertisements for printed editions of books are prominently displayed at the top of the some pages. Rosetta Project is a large collection of antique children's books reproduced online, complete with original illustrations. You can browse alphabetically by title or by age group.

Choices Reading Lists - Annual lists of favorite recent books chosen by children, young adults, and teachers. (International Reading Association)

Common Sense Media Book Reviews - Independent age-based reviews of books for kids & teens. Reviews include information about quality, educational value, positive messages, violence, sex, drugs/drinking/smoking, consumerism, and other issues that may be of concern to parents. (Non-profit organization)

Diversity Books - See HOMEWORK LINKS: Books - Multicultural Literature. For adults, see Genre / Diversity links, above.

Get Ready to Read VIDEO - Free online materials for parents and educators to help preschoolers get ready to learn to read. Includes a screening tool, activities, checklists, video, advocacy guides, and related resources in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Korean. (National Center for Learning Disabilities et al.)

Good Comics for Kids - A blog created by a group of librarians, parents, and writers, covering kids' comics (for readers from birth to age 16) through a mix of news, reviews, interviews, and previews. (School Library Journal)

Horn Book - This companion site to the Horn Book magazine and guide to books for children & young adults includes author & illustrator interviews, booklists & reviews, and more.

I'm Your Neighbor Books - Recommended children's books featuring dozens of new immigrant cultures and groups, from Afghani to Zimbabwean. You can browse books by setting, theme, or cultural groups represented (Kate Cutko, Library Director at Bowdoinham Public Library, et al.). For related sites, see HOMEWORK LINKS: Books - Multicultural Literature.

International Children's Digital Library - 'A digital library of outstanding children's books from all over the world... that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live. The materials... reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world.' Books are presented in the original languages in which they were published; for children ages 3 - 13 (University of Maryland, Internet Archive, et al.). See also HOMEWORK LINKS: Books - Multicultural Literature.

Juvenile Series & Sequels - A database containing thousands of books in series titles, for elementary through high school students. Indexed by series title, series subject, book title, and author. Just lists, no descriptions (Mid-Continent Public Library). Another extensive database of series and sequels is Young Adult Books in Series & Sequels (Bettendorf Public Library).

KidLit TV AUDIO VIDEO - Author & artist interviews, reading along, audio podcast, and more!

KidStuff Books & Stories - Selected reading and story links for young children (ages 9 and under). (South Plainfield Public Library)

Learn to Read: Starfall.com AUDIO INTERACTIVE - Free materials designed to inspire a love of reading and writing. Useful for pre-k through second grade; suitable for home-schooling. Best viewed with a high-speed (cable or DSL) internet connection. See also Read Today: Play & Learn NEW!.

Loganberry Books Stumpers - [NOTE: There is a fee to submit a new question] 'Have you forgotten the title of your favorite children's book? ...Submit your memory here, and see if anyone else remembers your book, or better yet, knows the title and author!' You can search or browse the archives for free to see if your question has already been answered. See also Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes, above.

Multicultural Books - See HOMEWORK LINKS: Books - Multicultural Literature.

NPR's 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14 - In 2013, NPR polled its audience and consulted an expert panel to compile a list of 100 favorite books for kids age 9-14. There is also a similar list for young adults, NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels, compiled in 2012. See also annual 'Best Books' lists from NPR and The New York Times.

Parents' Choice Award-Winning Books - Quarterly lists of the best kids' books in fiction, non-fiction, 'learning & doing', picture books, and poetry; most with brief reviews. Searchable by age group, keywords, product type, and more. Also includes Recommended Children's Magazines, audio, video, apps, websites, and toys, plus Tips for Teaching Kids to Enjoy Reading. For more tips on raising kids who love to read, see Brightly: Parenting Tips & Advice (Penguin Random House).

Picturing Books - Explores various aspects of picture books, including design principles, color theory, artistic style, picture book timeline, glossaries, quotes, and more. There is a fee for using the picture book database, but other resources are free; by librarian Denise I. Matulka. See also Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: Making Art With Children, and Children's Book Art: Techniques and Media NEW! (University of Minnesota).

Read Across America: Find Your Book UPDATED LINKS! - Recommended books for elementary, middle school, and teen readers. Read Across America: Books by Theme offers recommended books that showcase diversity. (National Education Association)

Read Kiddo Read - Recommendations for great illustrated books, transitional books, page turners, and advanced reads, plus advice on getting kids (especially boys) to read. (By bestselling author James Patterson et al.)

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) - Apps, activity calendars, booklists, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) enrichment activities to foster learning in school and at home.

Reading Rockets - 'A wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.' Includes Reading Tips for Parents of babies through third graders, available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Navajo, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese; scroll down the page to see reading tips for parents of children with disabilities (WETA Public Television, U.S. Department of Education et al.). See also PBS Parents: Literacy for parents of kids up to age 8.

Storyberries UPDATED LINK! - Online children's books, stories, fairy tales, and audio stories, plus book reviews, parenting advice for book lovers, and more.

Storytime Themes - Get inspired and discover suggested books, activities, and crafts with hundreds of storytime ideas on themes such as animals, everyday things, multi-cultural, people, science, special days, and more (Penny Peck, Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California).

Themed Book Reviews - Children's book lists published weekly on a variety of themes, with short descriptions of each book listed (International Literacy Association). See also Read and Shine Themed Reading Lists (Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Company) and Recommended books from ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children).

TogetheRead - Recommended books, questions, and activities to build reading skills. Designed for families, TogetheRead's monthly themes give you ideas for having fun together as you build stronger readers. If you have children of different ages, you'll find books for each child, all on the same theme. (The Source for Learning, Inc.; non-profit learning technologies company)

Libraries & Literacy

See also:
Learning the English Language
FRIENDS of the SOUTH PLAINFIELD LIBRARY

Become a Library Champion Library Champions are people who love their libraries and want to be in the know about issues that may affect them. Please join us in preserving library service in New Jersey. Read all about it: Public Library Funding Myths & Realities, I Love Libraries, and State of America's Libraries 2021 UPDATED!.

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Adult Basic Education and Literacy - See Adult Basic Education & Literacy Training in New Jersey and related links.

American Library Association - National association dealing with library and library-related issues.

Friend Your Library Friends of the Library - See Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library, and United for Libraries, below.

Government Libraries [Link opens a PDF] - A directory of specialized libraries at federal agencies, departments, and research centers; includes addresses, phone numbers, and links & email addresses where available (published in 2014). The New Jersey State Publications Digital Library includes electronic New Jersey State government publications along with digital books, photographs and postcards about New Jersey but not published by state government; see also New Jersey Resources (New Jersey State Library). Government Publications at Rutgers is a guide to the government documents collection (both U.S. and N.J.) in the Alexander Library at Rutgers. Click here for a list of all federal depository libraries UPDATED LINK!.

Library Journal - News, features, and reviews from the library world.

Library of Congress Online Catalog - The Library of Congress Online Catalog contains approximately 12 million records representing books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials. Search the catalog by keyword, subject, title, author, ISBN.

Library Gateway - Links to hundreds of public and academic library catalogs throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Literacy and Adult Basic Education - See Literacy Volunteers of Plainfield and related links.

NJ Libraries - Websites, Online Catalogs - A comprehensive set of links to NJ libraries, including both college and public libraries; from the NJ State Library. See also Government Libraries. For links and phone numbers of public libraries in Central New Jersey, see MURAL.

NJ Library Association - State association dealing with library and library-related issues.

School Library Journal - Book reviews, articles, and other resources on school libraries. You can use the site to search for articles, but most articles are only available to subscribers.

United for Libraries - Resources and services for library Friends, Trustees, and Foundations across the country to increase and enhance their efforts on behalf of libraries of all types (American Library Association). To support the South Plainfield Public Library, please consider joining Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library.

U.S. Government Libraries - See Government Libraries.

WorldCat® - Search for books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials in over 10,000 libraries worldwide. When you find the item you want, enter your zip code to find it in the libraries nearest to you. Now you can also register for a free account and create lists of favorites you find when searching (OCLC / WorldCat). If you want a book or other material which the South Plainfield Public Library or another LMxAC member library doesn't own, you can request it using our Interlibrary Loan service.

Literature

See also:
Book Reviews, Awards, & Genres
EBSCOHost Literary Reference Center Blooms Literary Reference Online from Facts on File

Free eBook downloads for your PC or eBook reader!FREE EBOOK DOWNLOADS from eLibraryNJ - Download free eBooks in ePUB format to read on your PC or eBook reader! Choose from a great collection of bestsellers, mysteries, classics, biographies, and lots more! NOTE: You'll need a valid South Plainfield Library Card to check out eBooks from the current eBooks collection. You can find even more free public domain eBooks to download at Project Gutenberg, described below.

freadingFree eBooks from Freading™ Try out our Freading eBook Service! Freading allows us to increase the size and diversity of our collection by offering access to tens of thousands of books for free download! The Freading collection offers eBooks in a wide range of genres & subjects, including Fiction & Literature, Romance, Mystery, Biography & Autobiography, Business & Economics, Comics & Graphic Novels, Computers, Crafts & Hobbies, Foreign Language Study, Health & Fitness, History, House & Home, Self-help, Travel, True Crime, and much more! Freading has its own apps for the iPad® and iPhone®, and its own apps for Android™ tablets and phones. It is also compatible with Kindle Fire (not compatible with earlier Kindles), Nook, and Kobo devices.

Free audiobook downloads!FREE AUDIOBOOK DOWNLOADS from eLibraryNJ - Download free audiobooks to transfer to your MP3 player or burn to a CD! Choose from a great collection of bestsellers, mysteries, classics, biographies, history, and lots more! eLibraryNJ now includes OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks which can be transferred to a wide range of devices, including iPod®, iPhone™, and iPod Touch! NOTE: You'll need a valid South Plainfield Library Card to download audiobooks.

Free audiobook and ebook downloads!RB Digital's downloadable Audiobooks & eBooks are now available through eLibraryNJ/Overdrive and the Libby app. RB Digital's huge collection of Magazines, are also available on eLibraryNJ!

Hoopla downloadsHoopla! digital media service allows you to borrow audiobooks, ebooks, and comics, as well as movies, music, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone or TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

NovelList Readers Advisory NoveList - Have you found a book you like, and want to read other books like it? Do you enjoy international spy thrillers, romances set during the Renaissance, or mysteries with a food theme? NoveList helps you find new books to read based on books you've already read or topics in which you are interested. NOTE: You'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to start. (EBSCOhost)

Select Reads Select Reads eNewsletters - Select Reads newsletters deliver reading recommendations based on your unique personal interests straight to your computer or mobile device. Includes books, audiobooks, dvds, and music! Sign up for a newsletter on one of the popular topics listed under MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS, or click on the MY SELECT READS tab to create personalized alerts based on any topic you choose! Click on any book title in the listing for a book description, author bio, and GoodReads reviews. On the AUTHOR CHECK page you can sign up to get email alerts on your favorite authors too! (Replaces NextReads.)

Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg: Classics Online - 'The oldest producer of free electronic books on the Internet'; contains e-texts of over 33,000 classic titles produced by tens of thousands of volunteers. Includes the Harvard Classics. Project Gutenberg eBooks are available in Kindle, ePUB, HTML and plain text; public domain audiobooks are available through LibriVox. You can also browse by category. Go to 'BROWSING OPTIONS' on the SEARCH page to browse special categories (movies, sheet music, audio and more) and different languages. Project Gutenberg is part of the Internet Text Archive which includes more than a million other open-access texts. Standard eBooks 'takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style manual, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to create a new edition that takes advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.' Standard eBooks are available in a variety of formats (a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit project). See also Online Books Page (University of Pennsylvania) and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Open Bookshelf UPDATED LINK!. The Mason OER Metafinder will simultaneously search up to 2 dozen open educational resources (OERs) for freely-available electronic texts and other educational materials (George Mason University). If you like eBooks, don't forget to check out South Plainfield Public Library's free digital downloads.

Classic Short Stories - E-texts of classic short stories by dozens of writers including Wharton, Twain, Hawthorne, Poe, Mansfield, de Maupassant, Kipling, Saki, Garcia Marquez, Chekhov and others.

FeedBooks UPDATED LINK! - Free downloads of public domain and original e-books in EPUB format. See also GCF LearnFree's Online Money Tips: The 5 Best Websites for Free eBooks (Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.). If you like eBooks, don't forget to check out South Plainfield Public Library's free eBook downloads.

LibriVox Classic Audio Books AUDIO - Free recordings of classic books, to download in mp3 or ogg format. Books are recorded by volunteer readers, so the quality of readings will vary. If you like audio books, don't forget to check out South Plainfield Public Library's free audiobook downloads AUDIO. We offer a wide variety of commercially recorded audiobooks including both classics & recent bestsellers, fiction & nonfiction.

Listen to Genius AUDIO - Hundreds of downloadable audio selections from the world of classic literature, read by award-winning professional narrators. Includes short stories and poetry, as well as excerpts from novels, biography, philosophy, drama, history, science, travel and more. You can browse audios by author name or subject; most audios are 10 - 20 minutes in length (Redwood Audiobooks). Lit to Go AUDIO is a free online collection of stories, poems, books, and plays in Mp3 (audiobook) format. 'You can download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go, listen to the Mp3 files on your computer, view the text on a webpage and read along as you listen, or print out the stories and poems to make your own book.' Recordings range from short poems to full-length novels; site also includes themed collections (University of South Florida). For more audiobooks you can download free from eLibraryNJ (Overdrive), check out South Plainfield Public Library's free audiobook downloads.

Poetry Foundation AUDIO - Poetry news, poet profiles, reviews, and other articles on poetry and culture, plus a collection of more than 3,000 contemporary and classic poems in English by more than 250 poets. You can search for poems by keyword, or use the Poetry browse page to find poems by subject, occasion, period or region. See also Poetry Archive AUDIO, Poets.org: Academy of American Poets AUDIO (use the browse poems page to find poems by occasion, theme, forms, or movements), Poetry at the Library of Congress AUDIO VIDEO, PennSound AUDIO, and Poetry Everywhere VIDEO (PBS).

Project Gutenberg: Classics Online - See listing above.

Public Domain Review AUDIO VIDEO - 'An online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.' Includes a large collection of public domain texts, images, films, and audio recordings, as well as essays about public domain works.

Rare Book Room - Offers book lovers a chance to look through some of the world's rarest books, each page digitally photographed in high resolution. A line of arrow icons runs above the top of each page image; click on the icon on the farthest left to zoom in for a closer view. If you've ever longed for a glimpse of the original 1455 Gutenberg Bible, here's your chance!

Shakespeare Links - Our selection of the best websites on Shakespeare, including texts, plot summaries, criticism, and more.

Publishers and Small / Independent Presses

Community of Literary Magazines and Presses - Includes a searchable directory of member publishers.

New Pages - 'News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary periodicals, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.' Also lists writing contests, calls for submissions, and other resources for writers.

Special Needs

See also:
FREE AUDIOBOOK & EBOOK DOWNLOADS
HOMEBOUND DELIVERY
Webfinder: Learning Disabilities
Webfinder: People with Disabilities

Assistive Media AUDIO - 'Audio access to reading materials for anyone with a reading access barrier. Talented volunteers record magazine articles and other short works which are then available for download or podcast.' Articles are from 2005 - 2020; non-profit organization. For free downloads of audiobooks, see South Plainfield Public Library's audiobook downloads page.

Bookmark: Disability and Children's Books - Information, book reviews, and advice on all aspects of children's books, reading and disability issues, for parents, teachers, librarians and others. (Non-profit organization, UK: Booktrust)

Bookshare - An accessible online library for people with a qualifying vision, physical, or learning disability which prevents them from reading traditional print materials. Bookshare® is FREE for qualified U.S. students and schools through an award from the U.S. Department of Education; non-students and other organizations pay a low fee. (Beneficent Technology, Inc.)

Described & Captioned Media Catalog (DCMP) - The DCMP media library has over 4,000 free-loan described and captioned media titles; members can watch media online or order a DVD copy to be shipped to them. Individuals must be deaf or hard of hearing (or the parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child) to register for service.

Disability in Kidlit - Offers articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions on the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. It examines this topic from various angles, and always from the disabled perspective; all contributors have a disability. (2013 - 2018)

Homebound Library Delivery - The South Plainfield Public Library's Edith Goodrich Homebound Delivery Program provides delivery and pick-up of Library materials to any South Plainfield resident who cannot come to the Library because of illness or disability. Items are selected based on your requests and preferences. See the Homebound Library Delivery page for additional information.

Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - A national network of cooperating libraries lending braille and audio materials, by postage-free mail, to eligible visually or physically handicapped borrowers in the United States. Includes books and magazines. Find audio, braille, and print/braille books for preschool through grade 8 from the NLS Kid Zone. See NLS Reference Materials for a list of all the services and materials offered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Locally, the South Plainfield Public Library offers audio books, large print books, and homebound delivery. Call us at (908) 754-7885 for more information.

Reading Tips for Parents of Children with Disabilities - Advice about reading for parents of children with Speech and Language Problems, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hearing Loss or Deafness, Low Vision or Blindness, Intellectual Disabilities, and Cerebral Palsy. (Reading Rockets, WETA Public Broadcasting)

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