Cork City

Services and Programmes

Are you looking for ideas for what to read next? Would you like to know what books authors themselves are reading? And what apps and podcasts are useful for people interested in reading and literature? Visit the following websites to find out.


Reviews, Recommendations, create Personal Bookshelves

Indiebound - reviews from independent bookshops

Irish Times Books 
Irish Independent Books
Guardian Books 
Dublin Review of Books 
London Review of Books

Readers' Place at Random House 
Authors' Place at Random House
Online resources for writers

Find out what famous people are reading


New York Times 100 Notable Reads of 2012
2013 Impac Award nominees
Time magazine All Time 100 Novels,29569,1951793,00.html
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
BBC Big Read Top 100

TV and Radio Book Clubs

Tubridy Show Book Club
TV3 Bookclub on Ireland AM
Channel 4
Richard and Judy's Book Club
Oprah Winfrey's Book Club

Pass on your old books

Bestseller lists

New York Times lists
Publishers Weekly (US)

Online Periodicals

Long Story Shot
Poetry Ireland Review
The SHOp
The Stinging Fly
Five Dials

eBgeneric mp3 playerooks

Cork City Libraries has launched a download lending service for eBooks and eAudiobooks. Any adult member of the Library can download loans provided their membership is current and if they have registered a four-digit personal identification number (PIN) with a member of staff.  Items can be downloaded to personal computers, eReaders, MP3 players, and smartphones.  (Note:  Amazon does not permit library downloads to their Kindle product!)  A full list of compatible devices can be seen through the ‘Help’ section of our webpages. 

Download free eBooks

Article: 20 Best Websites to Download eBooks


There are many many blogs dedicated to books and reading out there, indeed blogs are fast replacing websites as a source of book news and reviews. We like the Guardian books blog at The New York Public Library blog is also one to note:

Our favourite book blog, is Book Lust Forever, written by American librarian Nancy Pearl, who is an outstanding advocate for books and the pleasure of reading. Visit her blog at

Why not browse through the blogs from these lists to find a blogger who shares your tastes:


Kindle app for phones and computers

Article: 10 Apps for readers on the go

Article: Apps for readers


Podcasts are short audio downloads, usually in mp3 format. You can download podcasts directly to your computer or device, such as an mp3 player or a smartphone. You can also subscribe to podcasts, using a progamme like iTunes, so that your computer or device updates automatically with each new episode. Many radio and broadcasting stations have podcasts on their websites after the shows have been broadcast, so you can catch up. Here is a list of recommended podcasts on books and literary topics:

RTE Arts Tonight podcast
RTE Sunday Miscellany podcast
The Guardian Books Podcast
BBC World Book Club podcast
BBC 4 Books and Authors podcast
NPR Books podcast (US)
Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival podcast

Publishers' podcasts are a good source of author interviews and information about forthcoming titles.

Harper Collins
Simon and Schuster