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Fantastic Fiction

If you enjoy reading fiction this is a brilliant website for finding bibliographies of over 10,000 authors and information on over 200,000 books. Find out the next in the series and what’s new in horror, mystery, romance, historical, fantasy and science fiction.


Booktrust runs book prizes and projects to encourage readers. Includes an event listing, forthcoming fiction and writers resources. Also provides links to publishers sites and to literary prizes and award sites.

Literature Works

The Literature Development Agency for the South West raises and distributes funds for literary projects. Site includes a community section, news, grants, authors and publisher offers.


LibraryThing is social networking for book lovers. Find and connect with people with similar reading tastes to you. Use the Book Suggester tool to find books you may like based on what you've already read.

Good Reads

Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations!


Helps you to choose your next read. You can download opening extracts, read reviews, and if you register, there's a like for like recommendation tool to help you to discover new authors and a monthly newsletter about newly published books.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg provides access to thousands of books for free. All the texts included can be downloaded. Because of copyright law nothing published after 1923 is included, but you'll find most of the classics.

Quick Reads

Fast-paced, bite-sized books by bestselling writers for emergent readers.

The Reader

The Reader Organisation is a national charity dedicated to bringing about a Reading Revolution; to improve reader development and bring about social change, making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and engage with reading, build community and improve individual wellbeing.

The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to inspire people to read more.

What should I read next

Enter a book you like and a database of real readers' recommendations will suggest something else for you to read. uses a number of sliding scales to help you choose your next read. You can select things like happy or sad, romantic or realist. The results are short reviews which also have 'where next' suggestions.

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