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I’ve got a hankerin’ for some readerin’! (Book sites)

August 19, 2008

I’ll admit that I’m not the most dedicated book reader in the world.  That title will always belong to my father, who can probably breeze through Bertrand Russell’s A History Of Western Philosophy in an afternoon.  At any given time, my dad will be reading three or four books for pleasure, in addition to reading hundreds of pages of legal briefs from his day job as a lawyer/legal consultant, and term papers and quizzes from his night job as a legal professor.  He’s a freak of nature.

I, on the other hand, tend to get bored halfway through a comic book.  Sometimes the apple does fall far from the tree.  Maybe I’m the product of the Internet generation, where information flashes before my eyes at the speed of copper.  I can be reading a page on germ warfare in WWI one minute and get instructions on how to build my own storage bench the next.  Constant channel surfing and web browsing has left me with an attention span of about 32 milliseconds.

But sometimes, when I really focus, I get the urge to read a book.  A full book.  No pictures.  No pop-ups.  No audio books.  Just an honest-to-goodness Gutenberg offspring.  The problem with not being part of the book culture is that I have no clue what new books are out, which ones have been favorably reviews, etc.  So I don’t always know where to start when shopping for a new book.

This is where the Internet comes to the rescue!  In a desperate attempt to marry my love of digital information with my occasional urges to read something with a deeper plot than a cereal box, I have come across several sites that offer some assistance in locating good reads, as well as offering several books for free online!  So here is a quick run-down of some of the best sites I’ve come across.

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