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Free Samples of the Man Booker Longlist

manbookerThe Man Booker Longlist has been revealed for 2014. While a number of the titles will be released later this year, we’ve collected free samples of many of the books on the list.

The shortlist will be revealed on September 9th and the winner announced on October 14th.

If you want more free book samples, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of 2013 Man Booker Longlist and the 2014 PEN Literary Award Nominees.

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NPR Unveils ‘Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey’ Summer Reading Lists

nprOn the hunt for a good book to take to the beach? NPR assembled a group of writers, librarians, and book critics to create 12 summer reading lists.

The team established a theme called “Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey.” Books were categorized depending on how well the stories fit the different modes of transportation: train, plane, car, bike, boat, foot, city transit, horse, balloon, rocketship, time, dragons, drugs, and giant peaches. Bibliophiles can help to add on to these lists by sharing titles on social media with the hashtag #bookyourtrip.

Here’s more from NPR‘s “Morning Edition” introductory story: “Our favorite thing about these lists is the surprising and funny combinations you get when you decide to look at a very specific slice of something. We love that Anna Karenina and The Little Engine That Could are side by side. On the car list, you’ll find Go, Dog. Go! and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And — perhaps for the first time ever — Che Guevara and Beverly Cleary are hanging out together with The Motorcycle Diaries and The Mouse and the Motorcycle.” What do you think?

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

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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