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Essential Brands for Avid Readers

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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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    47
    8

    Amazon.com

    Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail
    Have books delivered to your door on the cheap and get yourself a Kindle!
  • 2
    32
    10

    Barnes & Noble

    Retail, Bookstore
    Not just a bookstore, B&N has a great e-reader (the Nook) and tons of accessories for book lovers.
  • 3
    24
    6

    Audible Inc.

    Business Services, NEC
    The best source for audiobooks.
  • 4
    16
    6
    Everyone needs a book journal!
  • 5
    12
    2

    Mighty Bright

    The best booklight brand, helping you read late into the night without disturbing your S.O.
  • 6
    10
    2

    PostIts

    Surgical and Medical Instruments and Apparatus, Biotechnology
    Mark your favorite passages and quotes without dog-earing pages.
  • 7
    14
    8

    New Yorker

    For their contemporary short fiction pieces, fiction podcast and (best of all) cartoons
  • 8
    8
    2

    IndieBound

    The best resource for independent bookstore lovers.
  • 9
    7
    2

    The Literary Gift Company

    Website for affordable products for writers and bookworms, from books, homewares, stationary, mugs, and posters.
  • 10
    7
    2

    Kartell

    Furniture company that sells unique tables, chairs, and bookshelves for avid book collectors.
  • 11
    7
    2

    BookRabbit

    Social networking site for bookworms.
  • 12
    8
    4

    Open Library

    Website with over 1 million free and downloadable e-books.
  • 13
    10
    8

    Oyster

    Subscription service that offers unlimited book rentals for just $9.95 a month.
  • 14
    6
    4

    Sharpie

    Stationery
    The best highlighters in the business, to annotate in style.
  • 15
    2
    0

    Chronicle Books

    A quirky independent publisher based in San Francisco
  • 16
    2
    2
    Purchase and customize cards, gifts, and more for bookworms.
  • 17
    0
    0

    CliC

    Ergonomic and compact reading glasses you can take anywhere.
  • 18
    4
    2

    LibriVox

    Offers thousands of free audiobooks and out-of-print selections.
  • 19
    5
    0

    Bookish

    Company that sells all book-related products, including artwork and jewelry. 
  • 20
    3
    2

    Newswordy

    This site offers a new "buzzword" every day, explains its definition, and gives examples.
  • 21
    6
    4

    Shelfari

    Display and build a virtual bookshelf.
  • 22
    2
    4

    Bookarmy

    Read and post reviews, find book recommendations, learn about different authors, and interact with readers.
  • 23
    4
    0

    Booktagger

    Write descriptions and reviews, create and organize book lists, keep track of books you’ve loaned, etc.
  • 24
    4
    0

    BookMooch

    Book lending site, where you earn points and redeem them for new books.
  • 25
    2
    2

    BookLamp

    Operating much like Pandora, this site suggests books for you based on your previous reads.