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Free Samples of the ALA’s Shortlist For Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

shortlistLooking for some great fiction or nonfiction? We’ve created a special literary mixtape linking to free samples of books that made the shortlist of American Library Association’s (ALA) Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

The winners will be announced at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas in June. The winning authors will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

Below you can find samples of the shortlist for both nonfiction and fiction. Read more

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Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

Free Samples of the Wellcome Book Prize Nominees

welcomebookprizeWellcome Book Prize 2014 has announced the shortlist for the prize. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Wellcome Collection on April 29th.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Emily Mayhew, Adam Rutherford, Oliver Sacks, Andrew Solomon and Sarah Wise are all up for the award.

We’ve linked to free samples of the Wellcome Book Prize below for you to explore. Read more

Free Samples of IndieReader’s Best Books of 2013

hippieboyIndieReader has released its “Best books of 2013” list. The titles were selected by the IndieReader staff. Each book has a five-star review on the site.

We’ve collected free samples of the top 5 books on the list for your reading pleasure after the jump.

We also created free samples of The Washington Post‘s best books of the year, along with The New York Timesbest books of the year. Read more

Free Samples of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of the Year

nytimesThe New York Times has released its “10 best books of 2013” list. The list includes five works of nonfiction and five works of fiction.

We’ve collected free samples of all the books on the list for your reading pleasure after the jump.

To check out free samples of The Washington Post‘s best books of the year, follow this link. Read more

Goodreads Choice Awards Winners Revealed

goodreadsWith 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list? Read more

Free Samples of The Washington Post’s Top 10 Books of the Year

Screen-Shot-2013-08-05-at-9.39.08-PMThe Washington Post has released its “Top 10 books of the year” list. The list includes five works of nonfiction and five works of fiction.

Here is more from The Post about how they chose the books that they chose:

At Book World, we poll our regular reviewers about the books they enjoyed during the year, and then the editors weigh and consider, count and recount. We’re not worried so much about making the perfect choices (those don’t exist). We just want to make sure our choices provide a rich investment for your time.

We’ve collected free samples of all the books on the list for your reading pleasure after the jump. Read more

What Are The Most Overlooked Books of 2013?

cassettetapeWhat book do you think was most overlooked by critics and readers this year?

Share your nomination in the comments section. We will use these comments to build an ongoing collection of the most overlooked books of 2013–just like our list from 2012.

Free Samples of the 2013 National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Foundation has revealed its complete list of finalists for the National Book Awards.

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 16. You can also download NBA excerpts from the site:

In presenting four digital books containing excerpts from the 2013 NBA Finalists, we hope readers will find in them a representation of the best work of the year in writing for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, and be encouraged to read all of the NBA Finalist books.

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Free Samples of the NBA’s Young People’s Literature Longlist

The National Book Foundation has revealed its first ever Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 16. Here’s more from the release:

Among this year’s Longlist for Young People’s Literature are three National Book Award Finalists, two Newbery Medal winners, a Newbery Honor Book, and two Michael L. Printz Award winners. The ten novels that comprise the Longlist address important contemporary issues, including the immigrant experience, coming of age as an LGBT teen, and the impact of technology on civilization. China’s 1898 Boxer Rebellion, futuristic Brazil, and the Louisiana Bayou are just some of the novels’ imaginative settings, and the protagonists range from ordinary children to creatures with extraordinary powers.

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Read Free Samples of the Man Booker Shortlist

The Man Booker shortlist has been revealed for 2013. We’ve collected free samples of many of the books on the list below–what do you think?

The winner will be announced on October 15th.

We also collected free samples of all the longlisted books and wrote about one longlisted book that was rejected 47 times.

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