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Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. The ideal convergence of science and serendipity, this online resource leverages the Internet's unique capacity to create, build, communicate and sustain communities of readers.

With an up-to-date and configurable interface, and a unique Open Web component, Books & Authors offers libraries of all kinds a powerful tool that promotes the discovery of literature, and where to find it in your library. Backed by a team of hand-picked genre experts, Books & Authors connects readers with books and provides a number of key functions in your library, including increase circulation of fiction and non-fiction, build and promote book clubs and programs in your library, help patrons make informed reading choices and drives potential and existing patrons to your library database via the Open Web.

Powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series, Books & Authors combines both browseable menus and visual search technology to guide readers from every level of reading proficiency to books that match their interests.

Features and Benefits

  • Access your next great read via author search, title and series search, "if you like..." search, author, title and genre browse, awards search, who, what, when, where — graphical search, advanced search and much more.


"B&A is a fun and fascinating tool, and it's hard to imagine any librarian who A) wouldn't get a huge kick out of experimenting with it and B) would have trouble finding creative ways to use it for reference and collection-building purposes."--Library Journal, July 2012

— Library Journal

"Books and Authors pushes the envelope for reader's advisory databases by providing one of the most visually attractive and socially interactive databases available. Books and Authors exceeds expectations. As one of the most enjoyable and user-friendly resources available for those searching for new titles, the latest book reviews, the most up-to-date information, or simply to share a series favorite, Gale Cengage's Books and Authors wins hands down."--School Library Journal, June 2009

— School Library Journal

"The subscription database pulls from the vendor's What Do I Read Next? print series (also an online resource, which this replaces) but has been adapted for the digital world to include book reviews from more than 30 sources..." --InfoTech, January 15, 2008

— Infotech

"Bibliophiles will love this versatile database that easily lets one search for books by author, title, genre, recommended reading lists, and in true Boolean form, which lets you match three out of four fields. Genres are subdivided further; this is a great service! This product's forte is in its ability to be both a readers advisory for librarians and students alike." --Library Media Connection, August/September 2008

— Library Media Connection

"In school and public libraries, where What Do I Read Next? has supplemented the native expertise of the library staff as the readers' advisory tool of choice for decades, B&A will receive an extremely warm reception, not just because of the expertise that informs its recommendations but also because it is spot-on when identifying emerging genres and the tastes of the reading public."--Library Journal, July 2012

— Library Journal

"This readers' advisory tool provides fresh, informative content for all genres and age levels. Its 2.0 functionality lets users sign up for 'My Reading Room' to save books, authors, lists, and past searches; rate and review books and see what others have rated and reviewed; and save and share titles easily via services like and Digg. The Read Alike Wizard and Who, What, Where, When tools provide quick and easy access to recommended reads." --Library Journal, November 15, 2008

— Library Journal

"One of the standouts of this product is the direct link to author information from the book pages, via tabs at the top of the screen, a lifesaver for advisors working with book groups or teachers. A very promising new source for advisors, with great potential for use by patrons." --Booklist, July 2008

— Booklist