These are the top 20 literary websites of authors and readers on the web. From books to reviews — from authors to agents, these sites are for anyone interested in literature.
1. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/
Goodreads is a literary site owned by Amazon. They carry all titles and genres with links directing back to major bookstores. Go to them to read or write reviews and discover what your friends are reading.
2. Literary Directory: http://literary.yolasite.com
Literary Directory is a directory of great books and literature, and where authors can come to get help with their book manuscript. Publishers now have the place to search out new authors, great books, or literature. Book lovers can come and search books or write reviews of their favorite books.
3. World Lit Café: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/
Where readers and authors can connect in one place. They offer author forum to discuss books or to ask for reviews. They have Twitter tweet teams that help with marketing books.
4. Poets and Writers: http://www.pw.org/
One of the largest literary sites serving creative writers in one place.
5. The Millions: http://www.themillions.com/
An online magazine covering books, arts, essays and culture.
6. The Los Angeles Review of Books: http://lareviewofbooks.org/
The Los Angeles Review of Books has a wide selection of book reviews, interviews and essays to choose from.
7. Bookriot: http://bookriot.com/
Bookriot is a literary site dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading.
8. The American Reader: http://theamericanreader.com/
The American Reader is a monthly journal of literature and criticism.
9. Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/
This literary site is owned by Amazon. It is a community of readers sharing their favorite books.
10. Manicreaders: http://www.manicreaders.com/
Manireaders is a literary site for authors, publishers, readers and reviewers to feel at home.
11. Full Stop: http://www.full-stop.net/
A site full of reviews, interviews and marginalia with a thorough discussion of literature and literary culture.
12. Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com/
A online catalog of amazing books with a community of 1,700,000 book lovers.
13. Hilowbrow: http://hilobrow.com/
Hilobrow is a literature site with a collection of good reads and long forgotten literature.
14. The Public Domain Review: http://publicdomainreview.org/
This site showcases the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online. Books from classic works of literature to abandoned drafts.
15. Book Browse: http://www.bookbrowse.com/
BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers and authors. Read some great reviews, blurps, author interviews, and much more.
16. Figment: http://figment.com/
Figment is a community where authors and readers can connect with other people who love to read, and discover new stories.
17. Spangaloo: http://spangaloo.com/
An online literary sites of Ebooks in all genres where readers can download Ebooks for free.
18. Author Database: http://authorsdb.com/
A free database of authors, including social media and book listings.
19. Ebooklister: http://www.ebooklister.net/
EBL is a great free service providing links to free and bargain books online.
20. Writers Net: http://www.writers.net/
A literary resource full of information for finding publishers, writers, editors and agents.
Written by Tracy Kauffman
These views are entirely my own views and are in no respect formed from any independent study.