Where to find your next great book

Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

Staff PicksYou just finished a great book, and now you are looking for something new.  Your list of "to-read" books is empty and the latest magazine didn't have any reviews that sounded good.  After you ask your friends, where do you go for ideas?

 At the Appleton Public Library we know many ways for you to find your next great book!

 Whether you come into the library to browse the Staff Picks section (just inside the front door, next to the new books) or look at the APL Picks blog online, there is a great variety of titles recommended for you by library staff.  We have a lot of great readers, and between them, they cover most genres.  The bookmarks tell you who chose the books (there is a tag on each book in the blog) so if you find a staff member who reads the type of book you like, you can follow their choices.

If you love fiction series books but have a hard time finding which title comes next, there are links to web sites that can be searched or browsed for that next book.  For adults, the Kent District Library has created What's Next, a searchable database where you can choose genre as well as author and title to search by.  Teens can look at Teen Series & Sequels from the Bettendorf Public Library, and children's books are found at the Mid-Continent Public Library Juvenile Series and Sequels page.  These will give you the titles, just return to Infosoup to see if they are available here.

 Sometimes you get a book suggestion from someone, but don't remember the title.  Try finding it through Appleton Public Library Electronic Resources like Novelist and Novelist K-8.  They are searchable by keyword, genre or subject area and include reviews and annotations.  There are author read-alikes and discussion guides for book clubs.  For home-school families, the K-8 version has Standards-Based Thematic Units and Picture Book Extenders, as well as teaching guides.

 Social-networking book sites like Goodreads, LibraryThing and Shelfari allow you to list your collection, add  reviews and ratings, and connect with friends who use them.  Many authors belong, so you may be able to communicate with them, or follow their posts.

 These sources will allow you to find many more favorite books, which you can then share with others.

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