The Readers’ Resource Awards

Although reading is a pastime that has transcended the ages, the internet has nevertheless revolutionized the overall reading experience. Modern readers have many advantages that weren’t available to their predecessors, including instant access to classic books, highly accurate recommendations, and the ability to connect with people from all over the world who share their reading interests.

Best Free Books Site: Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg, named for the instigator of the European Printing Revolution, holds the title for being the first collection of free electronic books. The founder, Michael Hart, invented eBooks on 1971 and today Project Gutenberg boasts the largest single collection of free eBooks in the world. Comprised mostly of full texts of public domain books, the project is the premier resource for classics, such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, two of its top downloaded titles.

Best Online Resource for Readers: What Should I Read Next

For any reader has closed the last book in a series and immediately wished there was more, What Should I Read Next can provide the best remedy. When a title and author is input, the site returns with recommendations of what books the reader might enjoy as well. It is based on an expansive community of book lists and compiles recommendations based on the preferences of other readers who have also read that book.

Best Social Network for Readers: GoodReads

For book lovers everywhere, GoodReads is an invaluable resource on many levels. Calling itself the “largest book social network for readers in the world,” GoodReads allows readers to connect with each other from different corners of the globe. However, its usefulness doesn’t stop there; the network also provides a fantastic way to keep track of the reading habits of a lifetime. With an expansive database, a reader can find almost any book within the system and add it to one of their “shelves.”  Originally, these are simply “Read,” “Currently Reading,” and “To-Read,” but the user can also create their own shelves to further classify. The user also has the option to rate every book and the site will come up with personalized recommendations, which is another way a tech-savvy reader can choose the next book to tackle.