MLA Platinum Award Press Release

BookBrowse For Libraries

Features Include:

  • Original, in-depth reviews of the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction for the past 20 years.
  • "Beyond the Book" articles that explore historical, cultural and contextual aspects of each featured book. These are particularly valued by book clubs and those who read to learn new things.
  • Read-alikes - created by hand, not computer algorithm - for thousands of authors and books based on the book's story, character, setting and language. Linked book to book and author to author.
  • The ability to search and cross reference by multiple categories such as genre, time period, geographical setting and a wide range of themes, e.g. setting + time period + theme.
  • Previews of the top 80+ books publishing each month, including reviews from numerous pre-pub sources - all in one spot. Each review is abbreviated to the reviewer's salient opinion thus avoiding plot spoilers and repetition.
  • Substantial excerpts of each featured book so that patrons can browse for themselves and decide which are right for them.
  • Extensive book club resources including featured recommendations (searchable by genre, time period, setting and theme), reading guides, interviews with a wide variety of book clubs and advice on starting and running a book club.
  • Interactive features such as online book discussions open to patrons, literary quizzes and games.
  • Author interviews, biographies and a pronunciation guide for author names.
  • The BookBrowse Review: BookBrowse's online magazine highlighting all the latest content (with opt-in email notifications). Publishes twice monthly.

BookBrowse for Libraries Also Includes:

  • Two subscription options: In-library only or In-library and remote access.
  • Branding for your library ("BookBrowse, brought to you by MyTown Library" on every page); a customized link from each book page to the relevant search result in the library's OPAC; and an easy to remember redirect link to your library's login page (e.g.
  • Login-free remote access enabling patrons outside the library to browse much of BookBrowse without the need to login. Patrons are only presented with a login screen when they attempt to access premium content. After logging in they are redirected back to where they left off. Patrons accessing BookBrowse login-free enjoy the same library-branded experience as those who are logged in, including one-click links to your library's OPAC.
  • An early-preview edition for librarians of all books that BookBrowse will cover in the following month - available online or as a downloadable spreadsheet including pub date, genre, ISBN, publisher and page count, with a link to the full data on BookBrowse. Useful for collection development and for librarians wanting an "at a glance" guide to notable books publishing soon.
  • A wide range of static and rotating graphics and text descriptions for use on websites, newsletters and in print. Also, free print materials including posters, bookmarks, tent cards and shelf talkers. See our Print & Web Materials page.
  • Free support for both librarians and patrons, and usage stats.

BookBrowse's Free vs. Subscription Features

Many librarians are familiar with BookBrowse's free content. If you would like to see a comparison of free versus subscription features see page 2 of this datasheet (PDF, opens in a new window).