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Alameda County Library Online Book Club - Choose fiction, nonfiction or business and receive chapters from popular books in your daily e-mail.

Book News - Twenty-one newsletters are available. View them online, sign-up to receive by email or RSS. Newsletters include mysteries, science fiction, teens, children’s, horror, audio books and many more subject areas. Award-winning booklists for all ages.

Books & Authors - Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together. Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun!

Literature Resource Center - Combines Gale Group's core literary databases in a single online service. You'll find in-depth information on the lives and writings of 120,000 authors from all time periods along with critical reaction to their works.

LitFinder - Covering world literature and authors throughout history, LitFinder contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. For students or patrons seeking a deeper view into literature, LitFinder also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more!

Shmoop - Shmoop delivers the goods on literature, poetry and history to make your school life easier. Kick start a paper for English Literature classes with the Writing Guide; get the important facts and understand many sides of the argument and dive into a number of themes in the Deep Analyses section. Shmoop also has timelines, people, viewpoints, suggested links, online discussion and useful writing tools.


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