The Web gives you an outlet to books

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Something I love almost as much as print books are websites and apps about print books!

I’m going to share with you some of my favorite apps and websites devoted to books.


I’m anxious for anything that is about good reads!

Goodreads, founded in December 2006 by Otis Chandler, a software engineer and entrepreneur, is a popular website and app that unite readers so they can share what they’re reading and can review books.

The app, much like the website, provides you with updated book news and a huge population of readers like you.


Coverspy is a delicious website full of spies, however, these spies observe random New Yorkers reading on the street and subways to discover what they’re reading.

Coverspy, a Tumblr site, was created by “Slice,” a Brooklyn-based non-profit magazine as an international spy agency focusing on preserving the printed book.

I find the website different from others in its format and diversity of the posts. CoverSpy has also spread to different cities across North America, such as Chicago, Toronto, Boston and San Francisco.

The blurbs about the readers include their physical description along with pictures of the novel they are reading and, if it’s an e-book, the post includes the cover used on the iPad or Kindle edition and tag it as iPad or Kindle Reader.

Better Book Titles

Have you ever read a book, reached the end and thought that the title didn’t fit. Better Book Titles, created by Dan Wilbur, a writer and comedian, puts a spin on original titles. His titles are funnier or make sense in a more obnoxious way. My favorite new title replaces “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schulz.

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I love humorous sites that take surprising views of the literary world. But I’ve also found some enjoyable literary websites that are more serious.

I used to be one of those people who only read famous authors, but as I grew up, I became more intrigued by unknown writers and those who don’t get as much attention but still produce quality works.


Full Stop, founded in 2011 by editor Alex Shepard, is a website dedicated to reviewing gifted young writers who are neglected by the mainstream. Full stop also recommends books that aren’t usually front and center in your local bookstore and feature interviews with innovative authors.


I hope I’m not the only one who has ever read a news article or watched a newscast and heard an unfamiliar word, a buzzword. Buzzwords are words that are widely used by the media and thus become popular. They are usually referred to as “loaded words” because it’s hard to define their connotation and denotation.

Enter Newswordy, a site created and designed by Josh Smith, a graphic designer and writer. Newswordy offers new buzzwords along with the definition of the word, a recent use of the word in the media and a short Twitter feed with the word included.

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