For the Book Lover on Your List

I never know what to get my brother-in-law for the holidays. In desperation, I asked his wife hoping that she might know. Bingo – apparently, he wants books on the natural history of the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Not too surprisingly, she was at a loss where to look. Librarian to the rescue.
So I worked a little magic and came up with several interesting looking titles. But where to buy at the best price? Enter, a wonderful comparison shopping site for books, movies, and more. Simply enter the title, author, etc. and AddAll will return a list from online merchants sorted by lowest price. Shipping costs are also included.
But what to do when you don’t know which book to buy for that special someone? If its fiction you seek, you’re in luck. What Do I Read Next is a great fiction recommendation database available from the South Central Library System. Use it at any Madison area public library or remotely from home or office with your library card.
In addition to the standard author and title searches, What Do I Read Next offers some useful browsing options.

  • Do you know the title of her favorite book? With Help Me Find a Book, just type it in to find similar books.
  • Does he love a good legal mystery? Use Genre Search to see what’s new.
  • How about a Newbery Award winner for the young person on your list? View the list in the Award Winners and Top Picks section.
  • Maybe she loves historical fiction. How about a novel set in 18th century London? With Who? What? Where? When? you can search by character, topic, setting, and time period.

For each title, you will find a plot summary, character names, genre, setting, time period, and more. Once you’ve found a couple of good ones, head over to and start shopping.