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The New York Times – Books

The Book section from New York City’s daily newspaper, The New York Times.

The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times Sunday supplement magazine, which presents reviews of and articles about current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

The New York Times Book Review Podcast

Each week, Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of the Book Review, talks to authors, editors and critics about new books, the literary scene and current best sellers. (The downloadable audio files are in mp3 format.)

The New York Times Best Sellers List

The Who’s Who of best seller lists, the New York Times Best Sellers List is published weekly in the New York Times Book Review.


The Mississippi Review (Online) is among the oldest and most popular literary magazines on the Web. It was established in early 1995 as a site for the publication of literary writing. Drawing on Mississippi Review (MR) archives, and on fresh material from well known writers as well as emerging talent, the online version of MR shares some of its content with the print magazine. As of 2008, the magazine has more than fifteen hundred stories and poems online, work by such writers as Thom Jones, Ben Marcus, Francine Prose, Padgett Powell, Barry Hannah, Tom Drury, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rick Bass, Ben Neihart, and from newer writers like Brian Oberkirch, Michael Dermansky, Courtney Eldridge, David Ryan, Laurie O’Brien, Jaime Clarke, Stacey Richter, Susan Hubbard, Larry French. It is a magazine that was recently referenced in Writer’s Digest as the fifth most important and influential on-line publication.

NoveList (Online)
NoveList, an imprint of EBSCO Publishing, offers a complete suite of book-finding tools for librarians and readers. NoveList (both the original database and the current enterprise) grew out of public librarian Duncan Smith’s need for a resource to help him better serve fiction readers. Since the introduction of the first NoveList database in 1994, Duncan and the NoveList team of library and technology professionals have continued to create readers’ advisory products and content that strengthen the connection between books, readers, and libraries.