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Essential Brands for Avid Readers  

Casey Cavanagh
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If you are an avid reader, there are a number of brands, websites, and companies you should check out. Whether you are looking for a new place to download e-books for free, need new literary-themed artwork in your home, or just want to explore and engage with communities just as obsessed with reading as you are, the business and sites on this list of bookworm brands has your newest book related obsession just waiting to be discovered.

Database driven communities like GoodReads, Shelfari, and Booktagger help you engage with other readers and book lovers to catalog and share your books, while also discovering great new reads. Other companies like Powell's Books and Book Riot offer book subscription services, for those book fans who want new reads (and fun book related accessories and treats) delivered right to their doors! Still other brands are nailing it when it comes to e-readers (Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook) and audio books (Audible).

Whether you're looking for a book light, book journal, or even just some great bookshelves to proudly display your home library, the brands on this list are essential reading for bookworms and avid readers. 
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Amazon.com is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail, Online service provider
Have books delivered to your door on the cheap and get yourself a Kindle!
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Barnes & Noble is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Retail, Bookstore, Hobby
Not just a bookstore, B&N has a great e-reader (the Nook) and tons of accessories for book lovers.
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Audible Inc. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Business Services, NEC
The best source for audiobooks.
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Mighty Bright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
The best booklight brand, helping you read late into the night without disturbing your S.O.
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Moleskine SpA is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Everyone needs a book journal!
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3M is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Surgical and Medical Instruments and Apparatus, Biotechnology, Manufacturing
Mark your favorite passages and quotes without dog-earing pages.
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Powell's Books is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
The Portland bookstore's book "Indiespensable" subscription is perfect for readers with no time to shop.
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New Yorker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Elise Hennigan added
For their contemporary short fiction pieces, fiction podcast and (best of all) cartoons
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IndieBound is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
The best resource for independent bookstore lovers.
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Open Library is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Website with over 1 million free and downloadable e-books.
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The Literary Gift Company is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Website for affordable products for writers and bookworms, from books, homewares, stationary, mugs, and posters.
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Kartell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Furniture company that sells unique tables, chairs, and bookshelves for avid book collectors.
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BookRabbit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Social networking site for bookworms.
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Book Crawler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
An excellent book tracking and book database app.
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BookCrossing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Share books online and leave behind the books you've read for other people. 
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BookMooch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Book lending site, where you earn points and redeem them for new books.
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Booktagger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Write descriptions and reviews, create and organize book lists, keep track of books you’ve loaned, etc.
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Longreads is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Elise Hennigan added
For wonderful longform stories to read on a lengthy commute or a lazy weekend
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Bookish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Company that sells all book-related products, including artwork and jewelry. 
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Oyster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Subscription service that offers unlimited book rentals for just $9.95 a month.
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Sharpie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Stationery
The best highlighters in the business, to annotate in style.
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Shelfari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Display and build a virtual bookshelf.
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LibriVox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
Offers thousands of free audiobooks and out-of-print selections.
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Chronicle Books is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
A quirky independent publisher based in San Francisco
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Quotegasm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Essential Brands for Avid Readers
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