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Links in this LibGuide help the reader to discover books for reading for pleasure and recreation. Books of all types, and ways to interact with them, are available from a multitude of sources.
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Finding Awesome Stories

Your Next Read is a site that allows readers to search through popular books or a favorite title to discover other books that may be interesting. It is designed like a mind mapping tool, linking to other books in the same genre or area of interest. It also allows users to search general fiction, cultural interest, professional reading, and childrens books. Users may create a sign in and save their searches, or use the tool anonymously. 

Listen Up!

If you'd rather listen to a book, LibriVox offers nearly 8000 books in the public domain which are read by volunteers, and can be downloaded, burned to a CD, or used as an MP3. Because they are public domain books, they are generally classic books. LibriVox books are great to listen to for long trips, or for those who may have reading challenges.  

What Does My State Offer?

Did you know that there are (at least) 27 authors from the Twin Counties area?  "The mission of the North Carolina Literary Map is to highlight the literary heritage of the state by connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations." Using the NC Literary map, readers can access books and writing by local authors that refelct NC culture and flavor. Browse by author, area, book, or genre.  Library patrons will find NC authors grouped together in the rear of the library. Enjoy the offerings from your home state! 

The Internet is a Beautiful Place...

Internet Archive hosts a wealth of resources, including video, audio, and texts, as well as archived web pages. Particularly good for historical and academic resources, it is browsable by content format, as well as searchable. 

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Open Library

Open Library is an open source e-book library that currently contains over 1 million ebooks that readers can choose from to borrow. Users check out and return books, which are available in many formats like PDF, Ebook, Browser, or epub. 

Some books are also available in DAISY, a Library of Congress issued talking book program for those with challenges reading in printed format.          

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Project Gutenburg

Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 free ebooks in several formats, including epub, kindle, and  download, free to the reader.  They also work with partners and affiliates which provide 100,000 additional free ebook titles for users. Find your next ebook here! 

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For Book Suggestions, Try Social Media!

GoodReads is a fun social media service for readers who want to interact with other readers and leave reviews about their reading choices. GoodReads offers books suggestions, and allows you to see what your friends and others have read and enjoyed. Goodreads also posts fun quizzes and quotes. Get great suggestions and interact with readers worldwide! 


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Online Books From Nash Community College Library!

OverDrive is an e-book check out service available to all holders of a library card through Nash Community College.  Users have access to hundreds of ebook titles, as well as a selection of audiobooks. OVerDrive is availablel as an app on many devices, and also allows you to read in your browser. Many public libraries also offer OverDrive, so you may add the collectiosn of several different libraries. Check out your next read in OverDrive! 

NCLive offers a large selection of various ebooks and literary resources, free to users with a library card. Find what you need in the NCLive collection. Use may require a password, please contact the Library Staff at 252-451-8248. 

Need to Relax?

Come browse through the hundreds of fiction books available to you at the NCC Library. You may find a great new book or two to borrow and enjoy. Looking for something specific? Use the Library Book Catalog  to search for a title or author. Feel free to ask library staff for help!

Find out what others think!

Check in to the book reviews at NPR Books! Find best sellers lists, must-reads, and interviews with authors on this comprehensive site. Use the find books link to search for books by subject matter. Readers will enjoy cruising through this site to discover a diverse selection of offerings. 


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