Reading 2.0


Book Leads

WhichBook.net
"Instead of starting from the overwhelming choice of books available, whichbook starts from the reader and enables each individual to build the elements of that elusive 'good read' we are all looking for but don't quite know how to define."

What Should I Read Next?
"Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our database of real readers' favorite books (nearly 70,000 different titles so far, and more than a million reader recommendations) to suggest what you could read next."

Literature Map
"Discover new writers you will like, travel the map of literature and discuss your favorite books and authors. "

Reading Communities

LibraryThing
An online service to help you catalog your personal library. "Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth."

Goodreads/
"A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more."

Shelfari
"Shelfari is a gathering place for authors, aspiring authors, publishers, and readers, and has many tools and features to help these groups connect with each other in a fun and engaging way."

Rams Read
"You are getting ready to embark on a great journey that involves your learning, but more importantly, a bit of freedom. During our study of poetry, we will take one day a week to read in class."

Book Trailers

Digital Book Talk
"Book trailers are short, two to three minute videos that introduce the basic storyline and in which the story is re-enacted with similar artistic and creative decisions made by a movie director as to what parts of the story are presented in a film he or she is creating."

School Library Journal Trailee Awards
Vote for the first annual Book Trailer Awards, sponsored by School Library Journal!

Book Screening
"Finding great book trailers can be a hit or miss search through seas of online videos and websites. We wanted to bring them all together so it would be easy for readers to screen, share and be inspired."

Book Trailers for Readers
Trailers just for kids and teens.

Literary Info

Shmoop
"Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age."

Literary Maps

Literary Guide to the World
"Looking for the best novel about Zimbabwe? Or just want to take a virtual trip to Martha's Vineyard? On this literary journey, everything is first-class."

National Poetry Map
"The National Poetry Map was launched during National Poetry Month in 2003 in the hopes of fostering local poetry communities."

Word Fun

Wordle
"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."

WordSift
"WordSift helps anyone easily sift through texts--just cut and paste any text into WordSift and you can engage in a verbal quick-capture!"

Vocabulary

Quizlet
"Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 2.5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject."

VocabSushi
"The VocabSushi philosophy believes you can learn the meanings of words faster, more accurately, and more efficiently by reading through sentences rather than just trying to memorize definitions."

WordNik
"Our goal is to show you as much information as possible, as fast as we can find it, for every word in English, and to give you a place where you can make your own opinions about words known."


VocabGrabber
"VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context. Just copy text from a document and paste it into the box, and then click on the "Grab Vocabulary!" button. VocabGrabber will automatically create a list of vocabulary from your text, which you can then sort, filter, and save."

Author Connections

Skype an Author
"The mission of the Skype an Author Network is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits."

Young Adult Author Blogs

Authors Who Tweet

Free Books

Bartleby
Thousands of free online classics, including reference works, literature, and nonfiction.

Book Glutton
"We set out to create a better way to read on-line; our goal was to make something different, engaging, intelligent and digital. . . . Our intent: build an experience that is simultaneously a book group, a computer, and a book."

The Online Books Page
"A website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all."

Google Book Search
"Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Discover a new favorite or unearth an old classic."

Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog
"Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks."

LibriVox
Learn better by listening than by reading? "Provides free audiobooks from the public domain."

Create Your Own Book

Lulu
"Lulu.com brings the world of online book publishing to you. Looking to self-publish? Lulu's print on demand (POD) solutions make it quick and easy."

Bookemon
"Free to Make & Publish books. Bookstore Quality Books, Buy One or Many. No Software, Easy Book Builder, 100% Online."

Reading Digital Texts

Readability
"Readability™ is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you're reading. Follow the steps below to install Readability™ in your Web browser."