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There are many websites devoted entirely to books or which carry book reviews. Some of these are listed below. If you know of any more that you feel would be helpful to our users, please notify us at mailbox@clarelibrary.ie

whichbook.net
http://www.whichbook.net
whichbook.net provides readers with a completely new way of choosing what to read.
Instead of starting from the overwhelming choice of books available, this site allows readers to specify what type of book they want to read – sad or happy, long or short, expected or unpredictable- and to choose the character, plot and setting. The site then presents a list of books (with short extracts and readers’ comments) to match the specified criteria.

Guardian Unlimited Books
http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews
A wealth of information on books including reviews, complete first chapters, author profiles, recommended reading lists and listings by genre - both fiction and non-fiction, from The Guardian and Observer newspapers.

Reading Group Guides
http://www.readinggroupguides.com/
Contains hundreds of printable reading group guides grouped by theme, both fiction and non-fiction in addition to advice on starting and running a book club and choosing which books to read. There are lists of the most requested reading guides – a useful one for bookclubs.

Amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk
Reviews, bestseller lists, excerpts and 'customers who bought this book also bought …' lists. Books can be ordered online on this site.

Book Browser
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bookbrowser/
The Barnes & Noble Review is an online publication that brings readers smart and useful appraisals of books, music, and DVDs, as well as essays, interviews, and other features.

BookSpot.com
http://bookspot.com/
BookSpot.com is a site that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web. Both adult and children's books are featured. Some of the useful categories are - must-see websites, prizes and awards, author spotlight, genre spotlight and lists such as ’50 Best Film Adaptations’.

BookPage
http://www.bookpage.com/
BookPage is a monthly book review, carrying reviews of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books in addition to author profiles.

Book Report Network
http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/index.asp
The Book Report Network contains book reviews, features, in-depth author profiles and interviews. Young adult books are also featured.

Bookbrowse
http://www.bookbrowse.com/
A literary smorgasbord of the best current books - each summarized and extensively excerpted. Reviews, reading guides and ‘readalike’ suggestions for each title are supplied.

PROGRAMMES ON RTE - TV and RADIO THAT DISCUSS BOOKS

Arena – RTE Radio 1 Monday – Friday 7.00 – 8.00pm
www.rte.ie/radio1/arena/
Arena features guests and items from the worlds of movies, television, music and literature. Presented by Seán Rocks, the arts and culture programme looks at what's on in the world of arts and entertainment.

Arts Tonight – RTE Radio 1 Mondays at 10pm
www.rte.ie/radio1/artstonight/
The programme runs a series of one-hour specials, in-depth one-on-one interviews and panel discussions around the arts in Ireland and internationally .

The Book on One – RTE Radio 1 Monday – Friday 11.10pm
www.rte.ie/radio1/thebookonone/
A celebration of the best of writing from all over the world, each week is given over to excerpts from a single book, read by the authors themselves or by a selection of readers.

The Works – RTE TV Fridays at 8.30pm
www.rte.ie/tv/theworks/
Presenter John Kelly and his team go behind the scenes in the worlds of books, film, music, theatre, visual art and more

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