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PBS: The Great American Read

Whether you love them or hate them, agree with the selections or disagree, there is something about a "best of" book list to delight or anger most readers. PBS has recently added to the long list of book list with The Great American Read project. PBS, using the public opinion polling service "YouGov," commissioned a "demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their most-loved novel." The subsequent top 100 book list, ongoing public voting to select a "winner," and an 8 part television series, form the core of The Great American Read.

You can use our Great American Read booklist to browse the titles and find them in InfoSoup. Also visit The Great American Read web site to learn more about the books and how they were chosen, share a story about a novel that has had the biggest impact on your life, learn about the television series, and find out how to vote for your favorite books.

Wisconsin Author Project

InfoSoup libraries are excited to join in the announcement of a new statewide contest that will accept submissions of self-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction, to be recognized as the top self-published books in the state.

One winner of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal
  • Honors at the American Library Association Midwinter 2019 THRIVE Reception in Seattle
  • Opportunities to promote your work to Wisconsin public library staff and patrons
  • A Library Journal Digital Review
  • An invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October

One runner-up of this contest will receive:

  • A Library Journal Digital Review
  • An invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Wisconsin resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

To learn more and to submit your work visit the Wisconsin Author Project page.

For books that do not win, you will still have the opportunity to have your book assessed by Library Journal curators as part of the SELF-e program and make your book available throughout Wisconsin in the soon to launch statewide Indie Wisconsin eBook collection.

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Author's Project, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) has contracted with BiblioBoards to make Pressbooks and Self-e available for free to all Wisconsin residence.


Pressbooks is an easy to use self-publishing tool for creating professional print and ebook editions of your book. To get started, go to https://wplc.pressbooks.pub/ The Pressbooks Help Page provides a detailed users guide and video tutorials on how to use the service.


SELF-e is a way for you to share you eBook. Titles are reviewed by Library Journal. Notable titles will be chosen as SELF-e Select titles and be available to readers throughout the country. All submissions that meet the basic requirements of the program will be eligible to be included in our Indie Wisconsin Collection. To submit your book, please go to https://selfe.librariescreate.com/self-e/org/wplc/.

SELF-e and Indie Wisconsin collections

Later this month we will be officially launching the Indie Wisconsin collection. The site, however,is up and you can take a sneak peak at Indie Wisconsin. SELF-e Select titles, a collection of the best submitted titles from across the country will also be available here. You can download the BiblioBoard app to access these collections on your mobile device. Access is based on geolocation, so all residents of Wisconsin should have access without any need to sign in.

Author's Rights

With all of these programs, authors retain the sole rights to their work. Participation in the Wisconsin Authors Project, SELF-e, & Indie Wisconsin is non-exclusive and royalty free. Authors can share or sell their works on other sites and, on request, authors can have their titles removed from the SELF-e and Indie Wisconsin Collections.

OverDrive Download Problems

UPDATE 5/2/2018 - 1:45 pm. OverDrive is reporting that the problem with downloading titles has been resolved. If you encounter any problems, please contact your local library.

OverDrive, the vendor that supports Wisconsin's Digital Library, has notified us that, beginning at noon today (May 2nd) users of OverDrive are unable to download eBooks and audiobooks. Titles that were already downloaded are accessible. From what we can see, it looks like uses can still check out titles -- they just cannot be downloaded or read online at this time. OverDrive is working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. We will update this post as soon as the issue is fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Aspen Words Literary Prize

The first ever Aspen Words Literary Prize was awarded on April 12 to Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. You can learn more about the prize and the books at Aspenword.org.

Find the books in InfoSoup


Short listed

2018 Fox Cities Reads

Fox Cities Reads is happy to announce that, Salt to the Sea, by best-selling author Ruta Sepetys  has been selected for the 2018 Read, which is a one book, one community reading program.  Readers are encouraged to pick up a copy of the book and participate in discussions and events leading up to the author’s visit to the Fox Cities on April 12th & 13th, 2018.

  • Kaukauna High School April 12th at 12:45 pm, public presentation and book signing
  • Appleton North High School April 12th at 6:30 pm, public presentation and book signing
  • Appleton Public Library April 13th at 10:00 am, public presentation and book signing
  • Neenah High School April 13th at 2:00 pm (school visit)

Visit the Fox Cities Book Festival website to learn more. Check InfoSoup to reserve a copy of the Book

ALA Book Award Winners

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. The oldest and best known of these awards are the Caldecott and Newbery Medal. Check out our Children's Book Awards page our Award Winning Books for Teens page for this years ALA winners and honor books.To learn more about these and other awards, visit the ALA Book, Print & Media Awards page.