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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.

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Reviews, Recommendations, create Personal Bookshelves

http://books.google.com/books 
http://www.goodreads.com/
http://www.lovereading.co.uk/
http://www.whichbook.net/
http://www.bookbrowse.com/
http://www.librarything.com/

Indiebound - reviews from independent bookshops http://www.indiebound.org/indie-next-list

Irish Times Books http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/ 
Irish Independent Books http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/
Guardian Books http://www.guardian.co.uk/books 
Dublin Review of Books http://www.drb.ie/index.aspx 
London Review of Books http://www.lrb.co.uk/

Readers' Place at Random House http://www.readersplace.co.uk/ 
Authors' Place at Random House http://authorsplace.co.uk/
Online resources for writers http://writing.ie/

Find out what famous people are reading

http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/40-favourite-books-of-famous-people/
http://famouspick.blogspot.com/

Lists

New York Times 100 Notable Reads of 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/books/review/100-notable-books-of-2012.html
2013 Impac Award nominees
http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/nominees/
Time magazine All Time 100 Novels
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,1951793,00.html
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die
BBC Big Read Top 100
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

TV and Radio Book Clubs

Tubridy Show Book Club http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thetubridyshow/bookclub.html
TV3 Bookclub on Ireland AM http://www.tv3.ie/bookclub.php
Channel 4 http://www.tvbookclub.co.uk/
Richard and Judy's Book Club http://www.richardandjudy.co.uk/home
Oprah Winfrey's Book Club http://www.oprah.com/book_club.html

Pass on your old books

www.bookcrossing.com/
http://bookmooch.com/

Bestseller lists

New York Times lists http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/overview.html
Publishers Weekly (US) http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/bestsellers/

Online Periodicals

Southwold http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/issues_index.html
Long Story Shot http://longstoryshort.squarespace.com/
Crannóg http://www.crannogmagazine.com/
Poetry Ireland Review http://www.poetryireland.ie/
The SHOp http://www.theshop-poetry-magazine.ie/
The Stinging Fly http://www.stingingfly.org/
Five Dials http://fivedials.com/fivedials

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 www.corkcitylibraries.ie/digital webpages. 

Download free eBooks
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page 
http://www.manybooks.net/ 
http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

Article: 20 Best Websites to Download eBooks 
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/20-best-websites-to-download-free-e-books/

Blogs

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 http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog. The New York Public Library blog is also one to note: http://www.nypl.org/voices/blogs/blog-channels/bibliofile

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 http://nancypearlbooks.wordpress.com/

Why not browse through the blogs from these lists to find a blogger who shares your tastes:
http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2009/10/101-book-blogs-you-need-to-read/
http://www.invesp.com/blog-rank/books
http://www.goodreads.com/book_blogger_award

Apps

Kindle app for phones and computers
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_ipad_mkt_lnd?docId=1000425503

Article: 10 Apps for readers on the go
http://www.informationtechnologyschools.org/blog/2010/10-apps-for-readers-on-the-go/

Article: Apps for readers
http://firstregional.blogspot.com/2011/07/apps-for-readers-free.html

Podcasts

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.

Penguin
Harper Collins
Simon and Schuster