Interesting Places to Find Books

Since releasing my book and looking for ways to let people know about it, I’ve come across some interesting and unique Web sites. calls itself “your gateway to books.” Its goal is to connect books and readers, no matter where the book is sold. So it’s a good place to find books available directly from publishers and authors that you might not find in the local bookstore.

First Place Bookcase is “Recreating a Blue Ribbon Poster One Book at a Time” and claims to be “the most unique way to browse books on the internet.” The page design is based on a prize-winning poster from the Web mistress’s childhood and features a bookcase, which is being filled with “books” – each graphic of a book spine is a link to more information about the book, including where to buy it.

And, of course, the giant search engine Google, now offers Google Book Search, where you can search for books by title, author, or keyword and see a limited preview of the book. For example, if you search for “Battle of Guilford Courthouse,” Spring House will be among the top ten results; clicking on the link will take you a page in the book that includes that phrase. Only a portion of each book is available for viewing, but you can find books about topics of interest and see a little of the book to see if it’s something you’d like to read.

You also can Search Inside the book at Amazon also has several other ways to find books that contain the specific information you’re looking for. Adding “tags” to books is one way of doing this.

Although some publishers and authors are afraid that allowing readers to see what’s inside the book may hurt sales, I think it’s a good idea. When shopping at a bookstore, most people like to open the book and get a feel for what’s inside. Why should shopping online be any different? Lillie Ammann, who edited Spring House, has an interesting post about this subject on her blog: A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye.

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