Better Reading aims to be a great source of independent book recommendations for Australian readers and their families.
Books & Reading
Bolinda provides an extensive library of e-books and e-audiobooks with many Australian titles. Also available to Murrindindi Shire Borrowers.
You can also access titles through Bolinda's app Borrow Box.
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. See what your friends are reading, organise what you've read, list your favourite books, discuss literature, form groups, and connect with other readers.
Inside a Dog is to be a virtual home for Australia’s bookish teens. It is a bright, fresh place for sharing reviews, creative writing, book news and more.There are lots of spaces where book lovers of all ages can come together to share their love of YA, but few which are for the ‘young adults’ the category is all about. This is part of the reason only 12-18 year olds can be registered users of this site. But adults can still read all published content on the site, keep up with Inky Awards information and general news, but you won’t be able to write content, comment or enter our competitions.
Free access to 4,000 online (public domain) children's picture books in Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, French, Croatian, Portuguese, Hebrew, German, Filipino, Russian, Thai, Italian and others.
Libraries Australia allows Yarra Plenty Library members to search other Australian Library catalogues.
Offers reviews on books, arts and culture and is touted by the New York Times as “The indispensable literary site”. Also includes a new release Tuesday blog post.
The University of Canberra’s National Centre for Australian Children's Literature Inc. has launched a Cultural Diversity Database which contains 340 Australian children's books aimed at children from birth through late secondary.
All books are linked to both the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework (as appropriate to individual books) while also identifying 'key concepts', audience levels more generally and other features such as annotations and jacket covers for each book.
Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Yarra Plenty Regional Library is part of this e-lending book program. There is a growing lending e-library of over 200,000 books, including The Olympic Games, Melbourne, 1956 and Heidelberg : the city of streams, 1834-1934 centenary : its story. After creating an account you can browse or search a title and borrow up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each, either your in-browser or as a PDF or ePub. Titles are mainly from the 20th Century and include fiction and non-fiction books for children through to adults.
OverDrive hosts a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, available for download to your computer or mobile device.
Have a smartphone or tablet? Great! There's an app that makes borrowing digital eBooks and eAudiobooks free and easy.
The OverDrive app is called Libbyopens a new window! Why not try it today?
Has your research hit a dead end? Are you struggling to find what you’re looking for? The National Library of Australia's research guides can help! They steer you through our rich collections and provide advice on a wide range of topics, including Australian literature, aerial photographs and their Pacific collection.
Story Box Library as an online 'reading room' that allows children and parents to look at a book and listen to a range of celebrated stories read aloud by a diverse range of storytellers including actors, comedians, sports people, musicians, artists, authors and children with varying accents and from different cultures.
It is an interactive experience for 2-12 year olds via a smartphone, tablet or other device with an internet connection.
Log in with your library membership number and start streaming!
Tablo is a social self-publishing platform that allows authors to write books that can then be discovered by a large community of readers. The platform is used by authors who want to publish their work and build a following, and also by readers who want to explore and follow emerging authors and books across many genres.
Tablo's author community spans more than 130 countries,and is one of the fastest growing publishing platforms in the world. Authors have written over 100 million words, in more than 25,000 books, across 20 different languages.
Tablo is available on the web, and as an app for mobile devices. The iOSopens a new window app has publishing, reading, and Communities capability;the Android app is reading only at present.
Tumblebooks takes existing picture books and adds animation, sound, music and narration - in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Russian. Titles are only accessible online. Also available to Murrindindi Shire Borrowers.
A new way to choose what to read. Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs.
Welcome to the online version of Who Else Writes Like…? which is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. It is designed to answer the perennial question “I’ve read all the books by my favourite authors, who shall I read next?”
Simply follow the links to find an author whose books you like, and see which other writers are recommended underneath.
The aim of this website is to encourage readers to try the works of new authors and to open up to them the wealth of good reading that is available in their local public library.