Publishers Offer Free Guides to Books – Current and Classic
*This article has been updated for accuracy and updates in March, 2020.
I love a good Book Group discussion. I have been a member of book groups for most of my life. Books offer ideas – and it is wonderful to explore them with friends. Here are some online resources to enrich the conversation.
Guides for Book Group conversations
Doubleday Publishers offers a simple search engine to find guides to their books.
The Tupelo Press offers free ‘readers companions’ for the books and poems it publishes.
Knopf-Doubleday offers good resources for vintage books for book groups including suggestions for groups of volumes around suggested topics.
Penguin makes it easy to search for their books and associated guides.
Penguin Classics offer reading guides for the classics from Steinbeck and Tolstoy to Stegner and Voltaire.
Hachette offers reading group guides to the books it publishes.
Reading Group Guides offer resources to book groups including links to discussion guides.
Lit Lovers offers guides to 3,400 books from various publishers. Their site is a treasure trove for book lovers. Check out the recommendations for popular book club books.
BookBrowse offers reviews and insights into the books you might read in book group.
HarperCollins has the HC Book Club. They offer 20% off any monthly recommendation you buy. They also have an “Invite an Author to Your Book Club” with a profile of the available authors and where they are located. HarperCollins Publishers also offers free reading guides for Harper Collins books.
If you are feeling DIY and want to create your own discussion guide for your book group, The Reading Club offers templates for fiction and non-fiction.
Nancy and I are huge fans of independent bookstores. Always staffed by booklovers, they are a good resource for book group discussion guides.
Need more ideas? More than 27,000 libraries worldwide offer digital books via this OverDrive app.