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10 Ways to Find the Best Books to Read on Your Subject

We live in an age where we are overwhelmed with choice. It can sometimes take a great deal of time to find a great book to read on your subject, but thanks to the age of the internet it is now simple to find great books. You just have to know how to look. Here are some great sites to use

1. Goodreads

This is one of the best known community review based sites to help you find books. It was launched in 2007 to use reader reviews to build up a system of book recommendation. The original idea was that if you are looking for a book, you really want to ask a friend for a recommendation. The concept grew rapidly and now you can not only see which books your friends are reading, but ask for personal recommendations based upon your reading preferences. There are now more than 50 million users making this one of the largest sites of its kind.


2. Look at Prestige College Sites

One way to find great books on your subject is to see which books are recommended by the prestigious colleges. Many of these colleges now have online open source learning. You can find out which books the recommend by going to their website and looking which are on the reading list.

3. Take a Look at Coursera

Coursera is an online learning resource where you can find great online courses from great colleges such as Harvard and Yale. For some of this you can access the reading lists online.

4. Go to a Book Store

This may seem like obvious advice, but there is nothing quite like seeing the book for yourself before you buy it. The assistants in the book store may lead you to a great book about your subject. If a book isn’t in stock, they can usually order it for you.

5. Visit the Library

What could be better than a free source of books? We sometimes forget this very obvious resource. A library may have exactly what you are looking for, and of course the biggest benefit is that you can either use the library facilities and read the book there, or borrow it and take it home for free.

6. Amazon

This is the biggest online resource for the purchase of books. Another excellent facility is that you can rent textbooks – this can be considerably cheaper than buying new books.

7. Shop at Alibris

Alibris is another well-established book seller online which has been in business since 1998. Not only do they have a huge selection of books available, but they support Independent Book Sellers. They have new and used books for sale.

8. Look at Chegg

This is a site which offers big discounts on student textbooks. Readers can leave a review, and books can be either purchased or rented.

9. Get a Great Deal on Abebooks

This is another site offering a huge choice of textbooks for sale and for rent. You can also sell old textbooks here.

10. Ask Your Friends

This is the most traditional method! The internet has opened up a big wide world, but sometimes there is no substitute for simply asking your friends for suggestions.