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Email Lists For Booklovers

I'm kind of a mailing list junkie. On the off-chance that anyone else shares my little vice, here are something over 400 mailing lists for readers and collectors. If you know of any lists that I've missed, please let me know.  

Please keep in mind that there are strict netiquette rules for email lists, just as there are in the newsgroups. Make sure that you read the instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing from these listsbeforesigning up!

The mailing lists related to specific authors have become so numerous that I've given them a separate Author lists page.

[Commercial] | [Specialty] | [Discussion] | [Genre] | [Literary History] | [Literary Characters] | [Regional/Ethnic] | [Author]

Commercial Lists These lists allow the buying and selling of books.

  • BooksCanada - A forum for the discussion, buying, and selling of antiquarian, out of print, and secondhand books in Canada. Postings of books wanted, books for sale, discussions on book collecting, authors, titles, book care and repair, bibliographic information, book fair announcements, etc. are examples of welcome topics. (Besides, it's my list, so that means it has to be good, right?)
  • Bibliophile - Most of the traffic on this list is postings of books for sale, or books wanted with a bit of information on book care, collecting, and miscellaneous events thrown in. This is - to the best of my knowledge - the longest running of all of the commercial lists. The volume is very, very high, so be sure you can handle a couple of hundred messages per day! There is a subscription fee, but there is a three week free trial period.
  • Rare-Books - For sale, and want postings only. Low volume, but mostly very high end items offered for sale.
  • Bookselling - Discussions on this list tend to be more about the nuts and bolts of bookselling. Lots of specific how-to discussions.
  • BiblioMacintosh - For booksellers and collectors using a Mac.
  • BiblioXchange - Books for sale and wanted postings, as well as discussions.
  • Bookstore Junkies - Just what it says, these people love to haunt bookstores. They find books for each other. Anyone can post a request to the list and everyone goes hunting for the elusive title. This is not a list for dealers, as prices are limited to half the cover price on paperbacks. The most common genres searched are romance, science fiction, and mystery. There are some very strict rules about how this list is used, so you should read the faq first.
  • Non-Fiction Junkies- This list is a spin-off from Bookstore Junkies, and operates on the same principles, except that members look for non-fiction books.
  • UK Books - British and Irish subscriptions only. Free subscription.
  • L'Agora des Bibliophiles - French language rare book list.
  • Limes - Scandinavian rare and antique books.
  • Antiqbook - European rare and antique books.
  • BiblioMANIA - An American based list, with a few quirks (well, maybe more than a few...). This list allows no censorship. If you are easily offended, this isNOTthe list for you. However, if you have a weird and rather black sense of humour, you're gonna love it...
  • NanBoek - Dutch rare and antique books.
  • Bibliofind Rare - where antiquarian booksellers, rare book librarians, and collectors of rare books can communicate with each other.
  • Bibliofind ModernFirsts - buying, selling and discussion of collectible first editions.
  • Bibliofind WTB - solely for posting books you want to buy.
  • Bibliofind BFS under $100 - solely for posting books for sale at under $US100
  • Bibliofind BFS over $100 - solely for posting books for sale at over $US100
  • Bibliofind Regional: Australia/New Zealand - A regional list catering to Australia and New Zealand.
  • Bibliofind Sporting Books - buying, selling, discussion of books about sports, games, athletics, etc..
  • Bibliofind News - news, views, queries and helpful hints for all booklovers.
  • Gen-Mat-L - For the buying or selling of new or used genealogical materials (e.g., books, newsletters, CDs, magazines). Publishers of newsletters, books, or other materials relating to genealogy are welcome, as are resellers of any form of used genealogical materials, be they businesses or individuals cleaning bookshelves.
  • Gen-Mat-15-L New or used genealogical materials (e.g., books, newsletters, CDs, magazines) or services for sale at a price of $15 or less. Publisher of newsletters, books, or other materials relating to genealogy are welcome, as are resellers of any form of used genealogical materials, be they businesses or individuals cleaning bookshelves.
  • Gen-Books-L - Buying or selling of new or used genealogy books and CDs made from these books. For the purpose of this list, "genealogy books" refers to books having specific genealogical information relating to several generations of at least one family. This includes, but is not be limited to, family genealogies and county histories which contain family genealogies.
  • GEN-MAT-HX - for posting "for sale" or "wanted to buy" books or CDs having to do with history which do not contain information of direct genealogical significance (texts, well-researched historical novels, biographies, autobiographies, and the like)
  • Planet Earth Antiques and Collectables Book List
  • Planet Earth Antiques and Collectables Ephemera List
  • Audiobook_trades - For trading old audiobooks

Specialty Lists

General Discussion Lists

Genre Lists [Horror] | [Juvenile] | [Mystery] | [Romance] | [Science Fiction & Fantasy] | [Miscellaneous Fiction] | [Miscellaneous Non Fiction]

Literary History

  • spenser-l - English Renaissance literature.
  • classics - Classics and Latin.
  • contex-l - Cross-disciplinary analysis of ancient texts.
  • elenchus - Thought and literature of Christianity during the period 100 to 500 a.d. (c.e.).
  • ioudaios - First-century Judaic literature.
  • nassr-l - Literature of the Romantic period.
  • elcs-l - English literature, culture, and society 1880-1920.
  • c18-l - 18th Century literature.
  • persia-l - Jewish Literature and History in the Persian Period
  • chaucer - Medieval English literature.

Regional and Ethnic Lists

  • Booktalk - Discussion of books with Jewish interest.
  • balzac-l - French literature.
  • canlit-l - Canadian Literature.
  • cficcion - Science fiction and fantasy discussion in Spanish.
  • mendele - Yiddish literature and language.
  • modbrits - Modern British and Irish literature (1895-1955)
  • sa-eng-l - South African English language and literature.
  • sasialit - Contemporary literature of South Asia.
  • chpoem-l - Chinese Poems
  • uk-sf - Science Fiction & Fantasy produced from the United Kingdom.
  • native-lit-l - Native American Literature
  • chicle - Chicano literature
  • mujer - Latin American Women Writers.
  • austlit - Austrian Literature
  • applit - Appalachian Literature
  • Afrlit - African Literature
  • h-afrlitcine - African literature and cinema
  • am.lit-l - American literature.
  • amlit1-l - American literature from 1640-1900.
  • amlit2-l - American literature from 1880-present.
  • aml-lit - 20th century American literature.
  • amlit-l - American literature.
  • canliterati - Canadian literature.
  • cap-l - Contemporary American poetry.
  • tolkien - Discussion about J.R.R. Tolkien in Czech and Slovak languages.
  • erofile - Electronic reviews of French & Italian literary essays

Character Lists - Discussions of favorite characters and settings from books.




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