Books & Reading

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

The following links have been selected and vetted by our librarians for quality, currency and relevance. However, by clicking on any of the links listed on this page you will be REDIRECTED to those web sites which are independent from the City of Palm Springs.

Click here for downloadable audio books



 CLICK HERE to download
FREE audiobooks & eBooks
for more free ebooks
Search for materials in
libraries around the world

Book Glutton
Book Glutton set out to create a better way to read on-line; their goal was to make something different, engaging, intelligent and digital. Their intent: build an experience that is simultaneously a book group, a computer, and a book.

The Book Report Network aims to solve these reader dilemmas, with thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests, and more every week.

Bookspot is a free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web. Featured sites are hand-selected by editors and organized into intuitive categories, such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news and more.

California State Library
A new, web-based catalog that significantly improves access to the rich historical, legal, pictorial, document, and general collections of the California State Library. The new user-friendly catalog represents a final phase in the multi-year project to enhance access to collections and services offered by the State Library.

For the first time, access to photographs and historical images from the State Library's collections will be combined with the catalog of books, documents, legal materials, magazines, journals, manuscripts, maps, and videos, giving users the ability to find photographs and a rich variety of materials on a topic in a single online search.

eBooks - FREE
You may download eBooks from this list of sites for FREE without a library card!
For eBooks to check out from the Palm Springs Library, CLICK HERE
With more than 3 million visitors each month, is the fastest growing site in its class and the go-to destination for involved parents. From kindergarten readiness through college prep, gives parents the information they need and the ideas they want to help their kids reach their full potential and make learning fun.

ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center
Bibliographic records of education literature, plus a growing collection of full text.

Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have more than 5,100,000 members who have added more than 160,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.

The practical, easy-to-use website devoted to the English pronunciation of the names of people, places, and miscellaneous stuff. The site contains a searchable database of names with both phonetic and audio pronunciations in English.

LA Times Book Section
Check out book reviews and the LA Times Bestseller list!

The Millions
Founded in 2003, The Millions is an online magazine which covers books, arts and culture (and focuses mostly on literary fiction).

New York Times Book Section
Check out book reviews and the New York Times Bestseller list!

Quotes and Authors
This website is the most complete and useful web resource about Famous Quotes! We have the best collection of Famous quotations for all occasions! Browse over 25,000 quotes online from over 6,700 famous authors.

Reader's Circle
A bookclub networking site serving the US, Canada and Australia with listings for local groups, author events and phone chats. 

Reading Group Choices
Reading Group Choices selects discussable books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups. The company produces a printed guide annually that is distributed nationally to libraries, reading groups, book stores, community book festivals, and individuals. Its popular website offers interesting, informative, fun, and interactive material of interest to book clubs.

Reading Group Guides 
Reading guides include a plot synopsis, discussion questions and author biographies. Available guides are arranged by genre, or you may search by title or author.

What's Next? Books in Series
What's Next™: Books In Series database helps you search series fiction. A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits. (e.g. Sue Grafton's "A is for Alibi", "B is for..." etc. or the "Star Wars" series)

Find items in libraries near you. WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services.

Yasiv is a visual recommendation service that helps people find the right product from Amazon's catalog.  Be it a book, a movie or a video game, Yasiv finds anything and everything which is sold on  With this resource, you can search for books that you like and see what others have bought with the purchase of this book (thus finding similar titles and authors).