Five Book-licious Web Sites

1) 911 Writers Block
This is the book lover's equivalent of those annoying sound bite boards that let you call your mom and make her think The Terminator or Homer Simpson or whatever is on the other line. The website that hosts this puppy allows writers to collaborate with other writers or illustrators, editors, reviewers etc. and the best submissions, as judged by the community, are published, in print, by WEbook.

2) CBC's Canada Reads new dedicated Book Club website.
Hannah Sung is the right kind of cool and just what CBC needs, in my ever humble opinion. The site looks good and they seem hell bent on getting reader involvement - from contests (win an e-reader!), to book of the month selections, to live chats, to a featured reader page. However, I will only fully condone this website once they post MY submission to the featured reader page. Hannah, was my lame attempt to write something witty actually terribly misguided? It seemed like a good idea at the time...Hannah?

3) Planet eBook
Not a huge selection here, all classics, but they're all free and ready to download. When you consider that Sony is actually charging money for classics and that these classics cost them nada, I like to share the fact that places like Planet eBook exist.

4) Bookninja
In particular, the magazine's latest article where Canadian novelists discuss S-E-X in fiction. Candid, graphic and hilarious. I love Claudia Dey. Alright, a-holes, I love the idea of Claudia Dey. I really tried to love Stunt and I sort of do, just like I love that paper I wrote once comparing Chuang Tzu's philosophy to The Matrix (it seemed deep at the time but I don't remember what the heck it was actually about). I think I'm waiting for her third or fourth book to roll out, the one where she really blows my mind.

5) DailyLit
This is a great resource for those looking for a distraction at work or in the check out line. You get bite sized chunks of books emailed to you at a frequency that you determine - readable on a computer or mobile device. Most of the free books are the tried and true classics but every so often sponsors make newer books available for zero dollars (Seth Godin's Bootstrapper's Bible is the offering of late). If you're into Harlequin, I found a good number of them for free on DailyLit. Oddly enough, this can be a great way to re-focus your cynicism at the bleary hour of 3pm.

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