Recommended links to cultural websites
“Lit Hub is a site readers can rely on for smart, engaged, entertaining writing about all things books. Each day—alongside original content and exclusive excerpts—Literary Hub is proud to showcase an editorial feature from one of its many partners from across the literary spectrum: publishers big and small, journals, bookstores, and non-profits.”
Offers a free month to everyone. It is “the world’s biggest digital library”, with a million books (that includes some really great reads from all around the world) and 60 million documents. In addition, there are some excellent US magazines and a wide range of audio books.
“Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.”
Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
“It is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks for enjoyment and education. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here…”.
Online exhibitions from the Smithsonian libraries: https://library.si.edu/exhibitions/online
“Everyone loves museums, but a lot of people don’t know that there are plenty that can be visited from the comfort of your own home! The Smithsonian maintains a nice set of exhibits with all kinds of interesting content. The material is both educational and lovely. Whether you like art, science, technology, nature, exploration, history or culture, there are exhibitions of this list for you to enjoy. I like to sometimes take a break from the stress of things around me to dive into some new exhibition on this list to see what I can find.”
Hourly History: https://www.hourlyhistory.com/
“Every Friday Hourly History offers several free downloadable e-books on historical subjects along with short biographies of famous people including famous writers. All are works that theoretically can be read in an hour on a computer or tablet or even a mobile phone. Good short chunks of reading if you’re not in the mood for rereading War and Peace !”