BookBrowse For Libraries

Features Include:

  • Original, in-depth reviews of the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction.
  • "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.

Library Subscriptions Also Include:

  • For "Patron & Librarian Access" Subscriptions: Unlimited access for all patrons & librarians both in the library and by RPA.
    For "Library-Only Access" Subscriptions: Unlimited access for all librarians in the library and via password when outside the library.
  • 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.
  • 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 range of static and rotating graphics with suggested text for use on your website; and free posters, bookmarks and tent cards.
  • Free support for both librarians and patrons; and Usage stats (for Patron & Librarian Access subscriptions).

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).