I was inspired to write this blog from my terrific experience with booktv.org. I very much enjoy watching and listening to authors describe their research and conclusions that they have metamorphosed into works of literature.
BookTV is featured on CSPAN2 (Channel 66 in my neighborhood) on weekends, if you have cable TV. It features authors of nonfiction works being interviewed about their books. Following the interview, the floor is opened up to audience questions. One weekend, I was delighted to discover that they have a web site. It got me to thinking about what other great web sites are out there that the bibliophile world may have yet to discover. The following is a list of websites that you might find interesting.
American Booksellers Association
This is a professional association of people who sell books, including publishing houses.
Brooklyn Book Festival
This event is happening in September 2013.
This organization supports book criticism.
Book Expo America
This is a very exciting annual conference that unites book lovers.
Book It Repertory Theatre
Books are converted to plays and performed by this organization.
This organization provides accessible ebooks to people with visual, physical and/or learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
Book Industry Study Group
This organization created BookStats, which was the subject of one of the sessions at the Book Expo America conference in NYC in 2013.
This is on C-Span 2, Channel 66 in the Bronx. I have seen some terrific author interviews on this channel which have inspired me to make recommendations to others, and I read some of the books that I see featured myself.
This is a free book discussion group.
Center for Book Arts
The organization seeks to preserve books as art objects, since many books have awesome art on the covers and interior pages.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
This museum features a multitude of picture book art, including illustrations from the famous picture book called The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
You can find great legal resources here, including case law and lawyers.
A Fuse #8 Production
Betsy Bird is a very talented children's librarian who provides book reviews and more.
This organizations provides books to low-income kids in the United States and Canada.
You can search for ebooks, and you may be able to read part or all of the ebooks.
Guinness World Records
This is a free online version of the book. You can search for records. I found out that the longest line of horses consisted of 105 horses connected by harnesses. The record was made in 2004.
Independent Book Publishers Association
This organization helps authors publish both print books and ebooks.
Internet Public Library
This is a combination of the Internet Public Library and the Librarians' Internet Index.
National Book Festival
This is a book festival which is held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
National Book Foundation
This organization presents National Book Awards.
National Public Radio Books
This site provides book reviews and author interviews.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
You can research potential professions in terms of daily tasks, salary and educational training that is needed.
Prison Book Program
This organization provides books to prisoners. We also provide library service to Rikers Island through our Correctional Services.
This online trove houses over 43,000 ebooks. Incidentally, we are exhibiting the Gutenberg Bible in the Rose Main Reading Room of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
School Library Journal
This site always has info on what is happening in the children's literature world.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
I first learned about this group by attending a Children's Literary Salon in which members were on the interview panel.
Spaghetti Book Club
This site is a book discussion club for kids. Reviews written by kids are posted to be read by kids.
Encourage kids to take part in summer reading in NYC in order to prevent the "summer slide."
This is a free online encyclopedia which is much more reputable than Wikipedia.
World Book Online for kids
This is an free online encyclopedia for kids.
This site has all of the books that have been cataloged across the world. Find out if your favorite upcoming book has been published yet and which libraries near you have a copy.