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Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

While Waiting...

I’m the six hundred and sixteenth person in the county waiting for the Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest; one hundred and seventy other YA readers are ahead of me for Mockingjay. So, what do I read now?

  Read-alikes – that’s what we look for when we want something like…something we like!

You can always choose a work by the same author, a non-fiction book on the same subject – they’ll be at hand on the same shelf. But, having slogged through all of Lindsey Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco mysteries, where do I go? What’s like Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand?


   Try our Books and Authors database or Novelist Plus to analyze your favorites and find other authors, titles or even different genres that hold the elements you find appealing.

Novelist Plus even has a friendly lavender button on the home page to tutor you in its use.

Try looking up an old favorite story and see what they have to suggest to you. Then, clicking on the book’s title or picture will bring you to the catalog entry, where you can place it on hold. Hopefully, you’ll be first in line!

   Social Networking is hot, hot, hot these days. A highfalutin’ term for ‘communicating with like-minded folk’, social networking and reading go together like ham and eggs. (For vegans, like beans and rice!)

My favorite website for reading and social networking is Librarything. You can find a forum for any possible book or reading-related subject, and maybe even score a pre-pub book to review! And it's really cool to keep track of all the books you own.

   If you are like me, and you have thousands of books you’ve read cluttering up your home, consider setting them free to please and enlighten someone else. You can track your book’s travels on bookcrossing.com. They’re even having their international convention in Washington, DC this year!

   How about downloading a book to enjoy on your computer or another electronic device before the paper-and-ink copy can come your way? The Maryland Digital eLibrary or Netlibrary databases can give you access to ebooks or downloadable audiobooks. The PDF and Adobe EPUB books can be read on your Nook eReader or iPad, too.


CATEGORIES: Books , E-Books , Jan D.
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