Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)


Links to all manner of information about books.

Book Awards

Prize-Winning Books On-Line (University of Pennsylvania)
Site offers complete text of many books that have won major awards.
Pulitzer Prizes
Includes list of past winners and finalists by category, as well as current winners and finalists.

Book Conservation

The Conservation of Books and Documents: Ten Frequently Asked Questions
The National Library of the Netherlands answers questions about conserving books and other documents.
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Founded in 1973 to address the growing issue of paper deterioration facing collection-holding institutions.

Book Preservation

Preservation: Frequently Asked Questions (Library of Congress)
This site answers frequently asked questions about book care and preservation.
A Simple Book Repair Manual
Created by the Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services, this site discusses guiding principles to book repair, tools, and more.

Book Reviews

Book Review Sources (University of Pennsylvania Library)
This site provides a selective bibliography of sources for reviews of works in the social sciences and humanities.
Book Reviews (London Guardian and Observer)
Reviews of recently published books, as well as features, listings by genre, and a blog.
The Book Studio
Book reviews, author interviews, and blogs. Produced by WETA, Washington, DC's PBS outlet.
Book World (Washington Post)
Reviews from the current issue only.
Booklist Online (American Library Association)
Online reviews in all fields.
An archive of 800 interviews with authors discussing their books on the C-SPAN television program Booknotes. The site is searchable, and interviews are presented in both video format and written transcripts.
Features reviews of recent books.
Book reviews and excerpts.
Book reviews and book awards.
Boston Globe Review
Reviews by writers, scholars and intellectuals.
Powered by Bowker, the world's leading bibliographic provider.
Chicago Tribune Books
Reviews of current books representing many genres.
Chronicle Book Review (San Francisco Chronicle)
Reviews, recommended reading, and book news. Book Reviews
Reviews of current releases.
Education Review: Journal of Book Reviews
(Supported by Arizona State University)
Journal of book reviews on educational topics.
Financial Times Books
Offers reviews of current books of all genres and several RSS feeds. Interesting features include articles about book covers and a book-related advice column.
Finding Reviews of Works about History on the Internet (Austin Community College, TX)
Online publications devoted to reviews of history books.
Fore Word Online
Independent and university press reviews ordered by category.
H-Net Reviews (H-Net Humanities Online)
Online scholarly review journal featuring reviews in the humanities and social sciences.
New York Review of Books
Selected articles searchable from 1963 to 1994; all articles searchable from 1995 to the present.
"The World's Toughest Book Critics."
Village Voice Literary Supplement
Reviews and features.

Book Selling and Collecting

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America
Web site of the premier association of rare book sellers in the United States.
Book Collecting
Advice for book collectors from D.J. McAdam. Includes pages dealing with book condition, book value, caring for books, and much more.
Book Collecting and Book History
The Digital Librarian maintains this site consisting of links to a large number of resources of interest to bibliophiles.
A Guide to Book Collecting in the 21st Century
Alibris, a web site for independent sellers of new and used books (as well as movies, music, etc.) gives advice on beginning or maintaining a book collection.
The Private Library
A blog designed to help readers create a private library economically. It contains information about collecting books of all kinds and links to a wide variety of book-related web sites.

History of the Book

Book History Online
English language database on the history of the printed book and libraries containing citations to books and articles on the history of the printed book. Provided by the National Library of the Netherlands in cooperation with committees from around the world.
Centre for the History of the Book
The University of Edinburgh established the Centre for the History of the Book in 1995. The web site offers descriptions of research projects dealing with topics such as Walter Scott, the Drummond Press, and the impact of information technologies on literature.
Cultural Readings: Colonization and Print in the Americas
An online exhibit of printed materials produced as a result of American colonization. Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Library.
Development of the Printed Page
The University of South Carolina University Libraries maintains this database of 150 examples of hand press printing dating from about 1200 to 1937.
Fore-Edge Paintings in the Lilly Library
A fore-edge painting is painted on the edges of the pages of a book in such a way that the painting is only visible when the leaves of the book are open and fanned. This online exhibition presents a variety of styles including vertical, double paintings, and picturesque.
Guild of Book Workers
"The Guild still believes, as did its founders, that there is a responsibility among civilized people to sustain the crafts involved with the production of fine books. Its members hope to broaden public awareness of the hand book arts, to stimulate commissions of fine bindings, and to stress the need for sound book conservation and restoration."
Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious
"An online display of over two hundred bindings. They are divided thematically into twenty-six categories." Categories include Embroidered Bindings, Aldines, and Gold Tooling. Examples come from the Special Collections in the Princeton University Library.
Historical Book Arts Database
This database presents a selection of materials held in the Special Collections Division of the University of Washington Libraries. Emphasizes the history of the book and medieval manuscripts.
History of the Book in Canada
"The six-year project published six volumes (three in English, three in French) in conjunction with the University of Toronto Press and Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal. Databases supporting scholarship in book history will also be compiled and made available on the project web site."
Program in the History of the Book in American Culture
Established by the American Antiquarian Society in 1983. This organization promotes the interdisciplinary study of the book through the resources of the AAS, including its collection of early American printed materials. Its newsletter, The Book, is available on this web site.
Rare Book School
Description of RBS, which promotes the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects at its facility at the University of Virginia.
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing
The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) was established to provide a global community for book scholars. This web site contains links to resources on Publishers’ Records, Book History Projects, Online Exhibits and much more.


Center for the Book
"The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress promotes books, reading, libraries, and literacy by celebrating the legacy of books and the printed word."
The Literacy Project
A resource for anyone interested in the subjects of reading and education. Information is available through books, articles, blogs, videos, and more. Created through collaboration of LitCam, Google, and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning.
Web site that provides resources for individuals and groups concerned with youth and adult literacy. Sponsored by the International Literacy Institute (ILI) and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
"A national dissemination, resource gathering, and professional development system providing information on a wide variety of literacy relevant topics, issues, and resources. "
Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History
This web site "is an online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries."


 AcqWeb’s Directory of Publishers and Vendors
International directory of publishers and vendors used by libraries, with links to web sites and e-mail addresses
Internet Publishing
Here is advice from Piers Anthony on publishing on the web.
Literary Marketplace
This database allows visitors to find publishers by subject or type of publication, by location, or by number of publications.
Publishers on the Internet (InfoPilot)
This is a list of links to sites maintained by publishers in the U.S. and internationally, as well as information agencies, books and booksellers, newspapers and periodicals, and online texts.