We have composed a list of over 100 of the most popular online reading resources for students and leisure readers everywhere. Enjoy! (Download the Student’s Ultimate Reading Resource Handbook!)
- Literature/English Scholarship Database
- Buy Cheap Books
- Free Online Reading
- Book Clubs & Reading Groups
- Online Reading/Writing Tools.
- Online Resources for English/Lit Courses & Lectures
- Reading Developmental Programs & Software
Literature/English Scholarship Databases
Scholarship Experts –Voted the “Best Scholarship Search Engine” by Forbes.com, Scholarship Experts has provided over 2.4 million in scholarships and fellowship programs. Students can search for awards by interests, academic merits, essay’s and more.
FastWeb– Fastweb, one of the most popular scholarship databases, houses more $3 billion in award money. Fastweb also allows users to set up data profiles and compare different colleges to find the best scholarship matches.
College Board – One of the most popular scholarship portals on the net, College Board boasts over 2,300 sources for scholarship searches. The portal features personalized scholarship matching (Database is updated annually).
CollegeScholarships.org– Kicked off in 1999, this useful database offers scholarships in any and everything. Users can use filters to find awards based on health conditions, sports, major, ethnicity, and military service among other categories.
James Patterson Scholarships-Each year, The Patterson Family Foundation (created by renown author James Patterson) awards scholarships to students at 22 different colleges and universities around the country (site updated yearly).
Sallie Mae– Known for their private student loans, Sallie Mae now offers scholarship searches through their online portal. Prospective students can also set up email alerts to receive updates when awards matching their interests and talents are posted.
American Library Association– ALA and its entities provide over $200,000 annually for study in a master’s degree in library and information studies.
The National Society of High School Scholars– The NSHSS offers a number of awards for high school students for college tuition, studying abroad, and skills development programs.
College Scholarships– Started in 1995, this online database offers information on numerous available for high school, undergraduate, graduate and international students attending a college or technical school.
Niche.com-On this easy-to-use portal, users can easily search through various categories to find scholarships that match their background and interests.
Scholarships.com– This database houses over 3.7 million college scholarships & grants. Users must create a login in order to search, though it’s free.
FinancialAidFinder – Online database with new awards added weekly from all over the country.
Buy Cheap Books
Amazon-Online portal that allows shoppers to purchase practically anything. Offers some of the best discounts on used books, some as low as $1.
Ebay-Ebay offers buyers substantial discounts via direct buy or product bidding via direct seller-to-buyer transactions.
Craigslist– Online community-based site that allows users to buy, sell, offer services, and post jobs & gigs.
The Book Pond-An convenient online swap center that allows students to buy and sell used books direct from other students.
Gutenberg.org-An online database that provides free online access to texts whose copyright has expired, currently includes over 44,000 texts.
Daily Cheap Reads– Cool site that connects readers with bargain prices on books through Amazon. New books are posted daily for as low as $2.
Text Swap– A free textbook exchange service that allows users to easily trade used textbooks online.
Free Online Reading
Manybooks.net– Online book database with easy navigation and is all genre-inclusive.
Bookstacks.org– The perfect hub for those seeking great classical selections.
Read.gov– Offers books of all genres and many classics at the Library of Congress.
Classicreader.com– Includes fiction, non-fiction, young readers, poetry, short stories, drama, classics.
Publicliterature.org– Offers numerous literature, novels, plays, poetry texts.
Reading Fanatic– Houses a large number of books, school textbooks, audiobooks, and ebooks via an all in one Chrome tab.
BookRix– Provides access to thousands of free books to read and downloadable eBooks. Genres include Romance, Fantasy, Thriller, Short Stories, Young Adult and Children’s Books.
Publicbookshelf.com– The perfect online stop for those seeking romance novel collections.
The Online Books Page– A free online book resource offered by the University of Pennsylvania website that offers more than 29,000 books available to read.
Questia.com– Provides over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare books.
Online-literature.com– Contains books, short stories, poems and other literature listed by author.
Beststackroom.com– An online book portal that offers Romance, Fantasy, Science, Thrillers, Mystery, and Suspense novels.
Textbookrevolution.org– A site ran by students which offers educational materials for download and online reading note: search buttons are a little special, search by “Subject”.
Bartleby.com-Publishes classic literature, poetry, non-fiction and reference texts free of charge.
Google Books– Great resource for online reads. Offers an “Advanced Book Search” option to find texts with entire contents listed.
Audible-Offers access to one audiobook per month. Monthly plan is $14.95 and they also offer Ipad and Android, and Kindle accessibility.
Open Culture– Free online hub that offers full downloadable audiobooks, textbooks, ebooks, courses, and more.
Audio Book Store-Great spot for best-selling audiobooks in all genres. With a brick and mortar located in St. Peters, Missouri, users can also make purchases via their website. Audio Book Store also offers users a FlexPass membership to receive significant discounts on audiobooks.
Nook Audiobooks-Popular app that offers online shop for users to purchase audiobooks (in all genres) on mobile devices including iPad, iPhone, and Android.
Podiobooks-Provides free access to full length novels, compilations, anthologies or other sorts of audiobooks. Listeners can donate to a book and 75% of the money goes straight to the author, as well as subscribe to the book’s RSS feed for podcatching and quick download.
Hoopla– An on-demand, internet streaming media service, Hoopla has everything from books, movies, and music, to comics, ebooks, television.
All You Can Books– Provides unlimited access to over 30,000 Audiobooks, eBooks, and Foreign Language courses. Offers a free thirty-day trial then monthly membership for $19.99.
Audiobooks.com-Online source for audiobooks of thousands of best sellers and new releases. Monthly plan is $14.95 and they also offer Ipad and Android accessibility.
Estories– Provides an easy, personalized search to over 80,000 audiobook titles, including best-sellers spanning every genre and new releases added each week.
LibreVox– Extensive collection of free audio books read by volunteers.
Free Classic Audiobooks-Offers some literature’s best classics. Titles are indexed by the author’s last name, and can downloaded in mp3 and m4b formats.
Loyal Books– Gives users access to free public domain audiobooks & eBook downloads. Offers audiobooks in various genres and in over two dozen languages.
Scribd– Online reader membership site which offers a library of audiobooks, books, comics, and documents.
Librophile– Provides free audiobooks and ebooks in various genres for both mobile and PC.
Audio File Magazine– Audio review site that recommends the best audiobooks and performances for subscribers. AFM reviews nearly 400 audiobooks every 60 days and also feature narrator and author profiles.
Greatest Audiobooks– A Youtube channel which houses over 500 classics in various genres, all available for easy listening.
Learn Out Loud– Offers a selection of over 10,000 free educational audio and video titles. Their directory also includes documentaries, talks, interviews, courses, speeches, and other resources.
Simply Audiobooks-Offers audiobook rental service for a flat monthly fee and boast over 50,000 audiobook titles with plans starting at $20/mo.
AudioBookSync– Audiobook Sync offers a free summer audiobook program for teens.
Lit2Go-Provides free online collection of classic stories and poem.
Spotify-A free streaming service that offers more than just tunes. It also offers interviews, old radio shows, speeches, and even foreign language lessons.
YALSA– The Young Adult Library Services Association offers a list of significant audio recordings for young adults. Membership is required and starts at $148/mo.
AudioBooks.Net– A catch-all audiobook provider that offers over 50,00 audiobooks including top sellers and new releases through Audible, Audiobooks.com, and Simple Audiobooks. Users can search by bestsellers, genres, and book list (example: Oprah’s Book List), as well as give ratings. (Note: All 3 providers offer either 15 or 30-day trial membership.)
Storynory– A fun and free offering of audiobooks for children that make great bedtime reads. All stories come with an HTML5 audio player for play on most devices. Site accepts donations and also offers writing competitions for storytellers.
Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast– A site of pure vintage in every way, Miette’s offers free access to classic short stories. Stories are archived by author and date.
Book Clubs & Reading Groups
Good Reads-Great online community for readers both pros and newbies. Goodreads allows users to view recommendations, track your reads, follow friends’ reads, read book reviews from other readers.
Book of The Month-Fun online membership (and forum) for readers looking for the very best in book recommendations and top sellers. BOTM sifts through the most recent best-selling reads and selects five each month for recommendation to members.
Scholastic Reading Club-Provides teachers and parents with mailed flyers and catalogs to offer books of interest to students and children. Users are able to purchase book via the site’s web portal and offer a great supplement to classroom reading.
Online Reading/Writing Tools
The OWL– A superb resource for student writers looking to learn more about writing mechanics, formatting, outline development and avoiding plagiarism.
Genius.com– Provides poetry and literature annotation of both classic and recent works.
Study Guide Zone-Offers resources students and professionals to improve their scores on a standardized test.
Essay Punch– Online source that helps students organize their thoughts and improve essay-writing skills.
Coursera– Gives students free access to courses provided by prestigious universities in various subject matters including humanities, science, and business.
Studentrate– This great online student resource aggregates student offerings and discounts on textbooks, apparel, electronics, etc.
Bibme– Bibme provides an easy way to generate citations to build a works cited page for research papers and other assignments.
SparkNotes– Offers study guides and discussion forums offered on various academic subjects. Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots.
Online Resources for English/Lit Courses & Lectures
Open University– Provides free educational resources and coursework for many vocations-also allows users to rate the courses.
MIT Open Courseware– Offers a range of classes including Critical Reading and Writing, Performing Arts, History, and more. Students receive syllabus, assignments, and recommended reading.
Alison– Provides “free online education” in a variety of vocations.
CosmoLearning– Provides an online database of courses in various subjects. Has over 1300 English language courses including Literature and Grammar.
Open Culture– Free online hub that offers full downloadable textbooks, ebooks, audiobooks, courses, and more.
Open Yale Courses– Provides a comprehensive site where users can access various course as well as lectures (courses can also be downloaded).
Open UW– Online hub provided by the University of Washing which has a selection of online courses free of charge to anyone who wants to expand their world through higher education. Courses are provided through a number of services, including popular online learning platforms such as Coursera, edX and the Canvas Network. Note: Some courses may include fees.
University of the People–University of the People is a private online university offering traditional online degree programs in business administration and computer science for a fraction of the costs (you can obtain your Bachelors for $4000!).
Textbook Revolution– A student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. Offers free textbooks, ebooks, as well as multimedia content.
GCF LearnFree– Great online resource offering free courses, online exercises, and activities in Reading, Math, and Technology.
Saylor–An online advanced learning institution offering degree programs in a wide variety studies. Note: Saylor is not accredited, however, their college & university partners are accredited and accept several of their courses to fill requirements in their degree programs.
TU Delft OpenCourseWare– Provides free and open educational resources of high quality university‐level, organized as courses.
Reading Developmental Programs & Software
The Institute Reading Development– In-person reading programs from children and adults.
My Reading Lab– A program specifically created for developmental reading college students.
Accelerated Reader– Provided by Renaissance Learning, this program is the practice component of an effective curriculum and helps get students college and career ready through research-based guidance toward three personalized reading practice goals.
Elevate– Reading software by Reading Horizons for children and adults who are having difficulty with reading. Delivers the instruction they need in a way that’s comfortable to the student.
Acheive3000– Offers a method of online distinguished instruction (for children and adults) which engages all learners at their individual reading levels and constantly challenges them to improve their literacy skills.
Reading Rockets– national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
iRead-Provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.
Voyager Sopris Learning– Offers a variety of innovative, age-appropriate reading solutions for students in Pre-K through Secondary.
Wilson Reading System– An intensive program for students age 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits, require multisensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia.
Read Naturally Live– A web-based intervention that applies the research-based Read Naturally Strategy to accelerate reading achievement. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the motivating steps to develop fluency and phonics skills, support comprehension, and improve vocabulary.
Linda Mood Bell– Has over 60 locations that offer specialized in-person reading instruction for children and adults based off of individual learning needs.
EDmin: Total Reader– A tool for measuring and improving a student’s reading levels from grades 3-12. EPS: Making Connections teaches students strategies to build their comprehension. The program employs an comprehensive instructional plan that supports students by modeling, guiding, and then coaching students to independence.
LightSail Education– A literacy platform for grades 2-12 that combines proven tools to drive rapid student growth.
Rad Right– On-site and live reading solutions and training for schools, colleges, correctional facilities, and community-based literacy programs.
mCLASS:DIBELS Next– Early literacy assessment software offered by Amplify Education. Allows teachers to monitor the development of each student’s foundational reading skills to make the most of teacher-student interaction. For children grades K–6.
Book Adventure– A free and online motivational reading program offered for students in grades K-8th.
Headsprout– An online program that uses effective, interactive episodes to teach K-5 students the reading fundamentals and comprehension skills they need to become successful readers.
Kumon– In-person reading programs for children age through high school. Includes classes and take-home work.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt– Provides an array of reading software and programs for students in grades K-12th that include phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and other areas of focus.
The Edge/Insider– The Edge and Insider are both instructional programs offered by Hampton Brown. “Edge”, is a core reading/language arts program designed for high school students who have not mastered essential reading, writing and language skills and are typically reading two or more years below grade level. “Insider” is a core reading/language arts program designed for middle school students that’s designed to build the language and literacy skills that middle school students need to pass exit exams and need to graduate from high school.
Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)– Provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.
Connections Academy– Offers a free online curriculum for students in grades K-12 that are home-schooled, as well as children in non-traditional classroom settings. Each lesson has an overview, a lesson, review, and assessment. Offers textbooks, tools, and other resources to assist with student learning.
K-12– Another free online program which offers curriculums for students in grades K-12 and is currently available in 33 states through a network of schools. K-12 also offers private schools that network with K-12 (tuition fee cost).
Free World U– A free online learning system for students grades K-12 which focuses on flashcards that break subjects down into small, easily assimilated fact units. The school is free and but also offers an accredited program for a monthly fee.
SRA FLEX Literacy– A comprehensive Reading and Language Arts Intervention System for struggling readers, Grades 3 and above in Tier 2, 3, or 4.
MCI (Making Connections® Intervention)– A blended learning solution by EPS that provides targeted literacy intervention for struggling readers in middle and high school.
Istation Reading Curriculum– Delivers student-driven instruction for use by students in grades pre-K through 12th grade.