Find a good book
It is always a great pleasure to find a new good read. Here are some places where help is available.
Who Else Writes Like?
Designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. It answers the dilemma facing those who have exhausted the output from a particular author - "What shall I read next?"
Lots of information about authors, awards and what to read:
A fun and innovative way of choosing books based on how you want it to make you feel. Options range from funny to sad, easy to difficult, and conventional to unconventional:
The Library Thing
A guide to everything book related including setting up your own online library:
Scottish reading and writing
There has been a renaissance in Scottish writing in the last few years. To help you find relevant titles in Midlothian Libraries there is a category sticker on the spines of Scottish fiction and local fiction titles.
Readers recommend their favourite Scottish titles - why not join them?
Scottish Book Trust
The leading agency for the promotion of reading, writing and publishing in Scotland:
Find what the Scottish bestsellers are this week and much more:
Books from Scotland
An online resource and bookshop full of interesting facts about Scottish writing:
Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature
Get into books and a world of culture on your doorstep:
The Poetry Archive is one of the best collections of poets reading their poetry in the world:
There is a vast array of book awards and prizes to choose from.
There is a complete list of book awards and prizes in KnowUK. You need your library membership number and PIN to access this information. Go to the KnowUK website and then:
Type Book Awards in the Search box and click search
If you want the list in alphabetical order click on Change the order to alphabetical at the top of the search results.
The British Council
If you are looking for a particular book award it is worth searching here:
Scottish Book Awards
Saltire Society Scottish book awards:
Isn't it annoying to read a book half way through only to discover that it is the third in a sequel? If this has happened to you ask at your local library to see a copy of Sequels or check the following sites:
Wikipedia contains a section on fiction sequels. It is always worth checking to ensure the information provided is accurate:
Rutland Library Service has a page on sequels:
Children and young people
There are also two American sites which give information about series and sequels for children and young people:
Mid-Continent Public Library Juvenile Series and Sequels
The Bettendorf Public Library Teen Information Center
Download free ebooks to your computer and read for hours:
The Public Library Online
Themed digital bookshelves from a range of publishers:
Searchable full text editions of over 2,000 classic works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reference titles: