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Discussion Groups

E-mail or Web based groups that discuss books, genre literarature and readers advisory issues. Some have searchable online archives of past messages. For book clubs that discuss specific titles, see the Online & Local Book Clubs page.

  • Fiction-L
    General Readers advisory discussion, can't remember a title? Tap the collective brains of your colleagues. Need book titles for a display idea? Need a booklist for a bibliography? Search the archives and book list sections for oodles of ideas. THE list for Readers Advisory services.
  • LibraryThing
    Social networking site offering reviews and recommendations and allows personal cataloging and much more. (Best for keeping up with books via tagging. Easy to add appeal factors and read-a-likes.)
  • Goodreads
    Social networking site offering reviews and recommendations and allows personal cataloging and much more. (Good for social networking.)
  • Shelfari
    Owned by Amazon. Allows personal cataloging. Book data is shared by everyone and is editable by all.
  • Dorothy-L
    Great discussion group for mystery lovers. Readers, authors, librarians - anyone interested in mysteries can find a treasure trove here.
  • New York Times Forums : Books
    Several dozen Web-based groups devoted to the discussion of fiction and non-fiction books in a variety of subject areas and individual authors. Join in the monthly book group discussion as well.

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