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NOTE that these links do not necessarily refer to the front pages of the listed sites, but rather only to the relevant pages -- those offering book reviews.
Many newspaper and media sites (especially ones which use user-unfriendly and annoying frames) have great book review pages which, however, can not be linked to directly; the complete review refuses to provide links to such sites.
Print media sources
Major - fully, freely accessible:
(the biggest and best resources)
- GuardianUnlimited. The site of The Guardian and The Observer, an excellent general book site with good reviews and coverage of contemporary British literature. Highly recommended.
- The Independent. Good reviews and articles, extensive archives now readily accessible.
- New Statesman. Interesting reviews, archive now again freely accessible.
- San Francisco Chronicle. Good coverage of current titles. Large archive (going back to 1995) with good search engine. Recommended.
- The Spectator. Good review coverage and archive.
- Telegraph. Daily and Sunday Telegraph. Good review coverage, very good archive.
Secondary - fully, freely accessible:
(local or otherwise somewhat limited resources)
- Austin Chronicle. Weekly. Limited coverage, decent archive.
- Bookforum. Limited amount from print version available online, tiny archive.
- BookPage site. Lots of reviews, but not particularly user friendly, and not the type of books we're interested in
- Boston Phoenix. Fairly good review coverage, decent archive.
- Boston Review. Interesting articles, essays, and reviews. Archive relatively small.
- City Pages. Relatively small, but decent coverage and archive.
- Detroit Free Press. Decent coverage of current titles.
- Entertainment Weekly. Popular stuff, good selection, short reviews.
- Irish Times. Good coverage.
- Kirkus Reviews. Extensive US review coverage.
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Small. Decent coverage of new US publications.
- The Missouri Review. Small number of reviews.
- New York. Solid reviews as well as additional literary coverage, decent archive.
- The New York Sun. Good literary coverage [but no new reviews being added], and the excellent and extensive archive is now freely accessible.
- The Onion. Solid reviews, good archive.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Good coverage of new books, archive with over 1000 reviews.
- The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Decent coverage of new books.
- Publishers Weekly. Extensive US review coverage.
- Quill & Quire. Canadian focus.
- Rain Taxi. Interesting books reviewed, not all from the print edition available, small archive.
- Slate Book Review. Monthly book section at Slate.
- scotsman.com. Site of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. Fancy and somewhat cumbersome (and slow), but good coverage, good archive.
- The Star Tribune. Decent coverage of new titles.
- The Stranger. Limited coverage, good archive.
- The Village Voice. Only two or three reviews per week, but very good archive. See also Voice Literary Supplement, which barely stands apart from the rest of the site any longer.
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Other - current, but limited archive:
(current information, but archive limited and/or not freely accessible)
- The Age. Australian. Good coverage.
- The Australian.. Very good coverage, Australian focus.
- Boston Globe. Decent coverage of new titles, only current reviews freely accessible.
- Chicago Sun-Times. Good coverage of current titles, but incredibly annoying pop-under ads.
- Christian Science Monitor. Extensive coverage of current books, good archive
- Daily Mail. Limited coverage of current books.
- Denver Post. Good archive and coverage of new books.
- The Globe & Mail. Canadian. Good book section.
- Houston Chronicle. Good coverage of new books.
- The Los Angeles Times. Good reviews, content freely accessible (but only for two weeks).
- Maclean's. Canadian magazine, decent coverage.
- Mail & Guardian. South African. Decent coverage of both local and international books.
- Newsday. Decent current selection.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer. Good coverage of new US publications. Only recent reviews freely accessible.
- The Seattle Times. Good coverage of new books, good archive.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch.. Decent coverage of current titles.
- Stuff. New Zealand, with reviews from The Dominion Post and The Press
- Time Out (London). Solid coverage of new titles.
- Time Out (New York). Decent coverage of new US titles.
- USA Today. Decent coverage of current, popular writing.
- Wall Street Journal. Decent limited coverage.
- The Washington Times. Small, limited coverage.
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Major - registration (sometimes) required:
(limited information (if any) freely and/or readily accessible)
- The Atlantic Monthly. Relatively few reviews, but good archive (including "classic" reviews) and other literary articles and interviews -- but nothing fully freely accessible.
- The Economist. Current articles accessible, good archive (but reviews only accessible to subscribers after a while), interesting selection of books.
- Financial Times. Solid literary section with a few reviews every Friday, archive now again freely accessible (but articles can be hard to find).
- London Review of Books. Excellent articles, though relatively few from print version freely accessible.
- The New Republic. Good archive, interesting long reviews -- but now almost inaccessible except for subscribers.
- The New York Review of Books. Excellent clear, simple site design. Some articles from the current print version freely accessible.
- The New York Times. Great archive, much of which is freely accessible, but recent and current content generally registration-requiring.
- Salon. Reviews, and articles about books. Very good archive. New material now only fully accessible if you pay -- or endure an ad-show.
- TLS. The marvelous Times Literary Supplement -- an invaluable publication, but very little freely accessible on site. A great resource if you're willing to register and pay.
- The Washington Post. Good coverage, fairly benign registration (requires enabled cookies, but can submit invented user-data.)
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- Book Marks. The Literary Hub aggregates US reviews of major titles
- the Complete Review. Our own reviews, plus extensive links to and quotes from outside reviews. (3700 titles as of 6/2016.)
- CultureCritic. Aggregates "the opinions of a number of carefully selected critic". (655 titles as of 5/2014, but "currently on hold".)
- Dream. "Book Reviews by Critics". Focus on popular new titles.
- Metacritic Books. Collects (and links to) published reviews of new publications. (Inactive, but good archive.)
- The Omnivore. "Criticism digested", decent selection of books.
- Perlentaucher. German; review-summaries but limited linkage
- ReviewsOfBooks.com. Links to many (but generally not all) freely-accessible mainstream media reviews of titles covered; some own reviews, too. Large archive. (Inactive since 6/2012.)
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- About.com - Literature: Contemporary. Several reviews of new books each week.
- The Agony Column. Reviews and commentary.
- American Book Review. "Dedicated to reviewing books from independent, small, and university presses." Limited online availability -- and in the dreaded pdf format.
- Anthony Campbell's Book Reviews. Over 400 reviews, good selection.
- Armchair Interviews. Thousands of reviews.
- The Bactra Review. Over 100 reviews. Serious, eclectic.
- The Barcelona Review. Good, small archive, interesting selection
- Barnes & Noble Review. "Aims to bring serious readers smart and useful appraisals of current books, music, and films (on DVD), as well as reconsiderations of important past works."
- berniE-zine. Eclectic, small, fairly literary.
- Between the Pages. Small, popular titles. Also other content.
- BiblioReview.com. "A gateway to book reviews and author interviews". Impressive collection of links to reviews.
- Black Star Review. "Books - Politics - Popular Culture".
- Blether. Thousands of reviews of popular titles, very mixed bag.
- Boldtype. "An email-based review, presenting each month a short list of books worth reading."
- The Book Barn. E-mail book discussion list with extensive review archive.
- The Book Brothel. Over 100 reviews, mainly popular fiction.
- Bookgeeks. UK-based, mainly popular titles, many reviews.
- BookLoons. "Book reviews across genres". About 1200 reviews, popular focus
- bookmunch. Small, interesting selection, nicely done. Also some author interviews.
- bookoxygen. "Breathing space for books and writers". Mainly reviews.
- BookPleasures.com. "Reviews, interviews, and more ...", especially strong on travel-related writing
- Book Reviews by Scott London. Non-fiction, especially media and politics.
- Bookslut. Monthly. Includes author interviews and other features.
- Brothers Judd. Good, large selection of reviews (with links !), now relatively easy to use.
- California Literary Review. Reviews, some additional material.
- Cambridge Book Review. Limited number of reviews.
- The Coffin Factory. "The magazine for people who love books". Good review coverage.
- Crescent Blues. Mainly genre fiction.
- The Critical Flame. "A Journal of Literature and Culture". Bi-monthly.
- Curled Up With a Good Book. "Book reviews of literary and mainstream fiction, fantasy, science fiction and nonfiction".
- The Danforth Review. Limited number of reviews.
- Danny Yee's Book Reviews. An eclectic list, largely non-fiction. Over 1100 reviews.
- Emerging Writers Forum. Decent selection.
- ex libris reviews. Small collection.
- Flak Magazine. Limited number of reviews, but good selection, nicely presented.
- Fresh Fiction. Genre focus.
- Front Street Reviews. Popular focus.
- goodreports.net. Canadian, but also general interest coverage.
- Green Man Review. Good, fairly large selection.
- Harriet's Reviews. Harriet Klausner's reviews. Something (almost always very good) to say about what seems like every new book published.
- Heartland Reviews. "Scientifically-based book reviews from the heart." Unwieldy.
- IMHO. In My Hysterical Opinion. Decent selection of reviews.
- Internet Book List. "Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible database of books". Sci-fi top heavy, and very uneven coverage
- Internet Review of Books. "Reviewing books in the fields of science, social science, history, art, music, and current affairs with attitude and passion: An Intelligent Guide for Intelligent People."
- Jacket. Ca. 200 reviews, mainly poetry.
- January Magazine. "Book reviews & author interviews".
- John's Book Pages. Over 450 reviews. Serious, literary.
- Just Book Reviews. "It is composed of a small nucleus of academics and intellectuals who have expert knowledge of specific areas"
- Large Print Reviews. Fairly extensive selection of reviews of books available in large print editions.
- Los Angeles Review of Books. Longer reviews (and other content).
- Midwest Book Review. Good, very broad coverage and large archive, but brief reviews, very unwieldy presentation (and only semi-useful search capability).
- The Modern Novel. "The world-wide literary novel from early 20th century on".
- Montreal Review of Books. Bi-annual, limited number of reviews.
- MostlyFiction Book Reviews. Good, extensive coverage, with some links.
- MyShelf.com. Decent selection.
- NewPages. Good collection, small press focus.
- The New Rambler. "Reviews of books about ideas, including literary fiction".
- The New York Journal of Books. Daily reviews.
- Open Letters Monthly. "An arts and literature review". Good essay-reviews.
- The Oxonian Review of Books. "Features reviews of recently published books in literature, politics, science, and the arts". Relatively few reviews.
- PopMatters. Interesting selection, decent archive.
- Public Books. "A curated monthly review devoted to spirited debate about books and the arts".
- The Quarterly Conversation. Good reviews and longer literary essays.
- RALPH. The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities. Unwieldy, but interesting coverage.
- Readysteadybook.com. "Devoted to reviewing the very best books in literary fiction, poetry, history and philosophy." Good coverage of new titles.
- RebeccasReads. Somewhat messy site, but good, broad coverage.
- ReviewsOfBooks.com. Provides links to newspaper reviews of extensive number of recently released books. (Note that links open in annoying small, separate pages).
- The Second Circle. "A guide to contemporary literature". Interesting selection, but very small.
- Seeing the World Through Books. Reviews by Mary Whipple. Ca. 400 reviews.
- spike. Over 200 reviews, literary focus.
- Sydney Anglicans. General interest fiction.
- [tk] reviews. Monthly, with several reviews in each issue.
- Tottenville Review. "A new review of books focused on debuts, translations, and all works that would otherwise go undetected."
- The Uncustomary Book Review. "A Conversation with the Reader".
- The Washington Independent Review of Books. Washington D.C. based, solid selection of reviews.
- What I've been Reading. "Comments on books from Bob Corbett". Small, but good selection of literary titles.
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Genre and special interest:
- Asia Times. Decent coverage, Asian focus.
- The Asian Review of Books. "specialising not just in books published in Asia but also on international titles of particular interest to readers in Asia".
- Australian Book Review. Limited number of reviews from journal available online.
- Babelguides. "Your guide to world literature in English translation, with a comprehensive book database and 1000+ reviews". Uneven as to extent of coverage, but of some interest.
- Biblio: A Review of Books. "India's leading literary magazine". Good review coverage of SE Asian books, but now requires registration
- Canadian Literature. Canadian focus. Large, somewhat cumbersome to navigate.
- Haaretz. Good, broad coverage.
- The Hindu. Mainly contemporary Indian literature -- including reviews of regional-language books.
- Japan Review Net. "An independent site for books on Japan." Limited number of reviews.
- Japan Visitor. Brief reviews of Japan-related titles -- unfortunately bunched together.
- The Jerusalem Post. Good, broad coverage.
- The National. UAE-based, but excellent all-around books coverage.
- Outlook India. Good general coverage.
- Swedish Book Review. Interesting but limited general coverage, in English
- World Literature Today. Premier review forum for international and translated literature,; improved online presentation.
- Science fiction and fantasy:
- Science and Technology/Maths/Computers:
- American Scientist. Good science coverage, awkward archive.
- Human Nature Review. Everything to do with human nature, with academic/scientific focus.
- Read This!. The MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Online Book Review. Math-related titles.
- Slashdot. Technology-oriented, usefully include extensive reader comments.
- Susan Stepney. Non-fiction -- mainly science -- reviews, good selection.
- Technology and Society. Good coverage of books related to technology and society.
- Serious non-fiction:
- Special Interest:
- Black Issues Book Review. Afro-American, popular.
- Books & Culture. At Christianity Today; limited focus, decent reviews.
- Bryn Mawr Classical Review. "Reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies (including archaeology)." Superb archive, great resource.
- Diva Tribe. "Women's Fiction - Book Reviews for Women at DivaTribe". Small selection.
- Dragonfly Review. "A monthly magazine section that reports on newly released literary nonfiction about healthy living, spiritual growth, social justice and the environment."
- Esoterica. Esoterica -- texts and scholarly
- GLOCOM Platform. Japanese Institute of Global Communications, focus on Japanese issues, non-fiction.
- Jewish Review of Books. "A quarterly publication for serious readers with Jewish interests".
- Review of Biblical Literature. Extensive coverage "of books in biblical studies and related fields".
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Foreign Book Review Sites:
Literary criticism and book reviewing is not restricted to English.
Here a brief list of sites the complete review has found useful, in the following languages:
- buechernachlese. Ulrich Karger reviews. Over 1500, broad selection.
- carpe librum. Good, broad coverage, nice archive. Very annoying frames.
- DeutschlandRadio. Good coverage.
- Falter. Large, impressive archive going back to 1999.
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Excellent coverage -- and an archive with over 30,000 reviews ! Recommended.
- Frankfurter Rundschau. Excellent coverage.
- IASL. Internationalen Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur Useful, in-depth reviews, focus on academic titles.
- Lesekost. Herbert Huber reviews. International and English-language focus (but reviews in German).
- LISTEN-online. Annoying frames, only some content available online.
- Literatur fast pur. Several reviewers, good coverage, but disorganised (no index or search capability).
- literaturhaus.at. Good coverage of Austrian literature, reviews and additional information.
- literaturkritik.de. Good coverage.
- Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Only one month worth of reviews, but high quality.
- Perlentaucher. Review summaries, links.
- Die Presse. Good coverage of new German publications. Painfully slow.
- Stern. Decent coverage
- Der Tagesspiegel. Good coverage
- Titel. Good coverage.
- u-lit Literatur Magazin. Reviews and essays, decent archive.
- Die Welt. Good coverage of recent German publications, and very good archive -- but now apparently requires registration.
- Die Zeit. Relatively few reviews each week, but interesting selection, good archive.
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