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Tennessee Electronic Library Helps to Answer: "What Do I Read Next?"
(Published: August 16, 2010)

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) has introduced a new tool to help readers find the perfect “next book.” TEL has partnered with Gale, a division of Cengage Learning that is recognized as a leader in providing electronic research and educational resources, to offer Books & Authors, an Internet resource that offers a new way to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors and topics.

TEL is a virtual library that provides free access for Tennesseans to thousands of magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, podcasts and videos – as well as hundreds of academic tutorials and practice exams.

TEL includes more than 50 database collections that cover a wide range of information for homework help, consumer health information, business resources, leisure reading suggestions, current event essays, genealogy and academic and civil service test preparation help.

TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library & Archives, which is a division of the Tennessee Department of State.

The Books & Authors feature allows users to select books they enjoyed and makes suggestions on similar materials based on the characteristics of the books that readers found to be most enjoyable. It also allows readers to create a database of books and authors they have read, find and create reviews, find the availability of books in local libraries and quickly search through award-winning and expert-recommended books.

Readers can use Books & Authors to enhance the experience of the books they are currently reading by digging deeper into the books’ themes and origins or learning about the authors and how their life experiences contributed to their work.

“We are excited to provide Tennesseans of all ages with this fun and easy tool to promote interest in reading and to help them find books that match their interests,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

Books & Authors allows Tennesseans – from home or their local library - to find that ‘next book’ based on authors, genres or subjects they have preferred in the past,” State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill said. “It really takes the guesswork out of finding their next good book.”

Ideal for reading groups and book clubs, Books & Authors is also a valuable reference source for public libraries that serve everyone from students and professionals to casual readers.

To access the Books & Authors resource online, please visit the TEL web site at www.tntel.info and click on the Books & Authors icon. For more information about Books & Authors or TEL, please contact Sue Maszaros, special projects coordinator for the Tennessee State Library & Archives, at sue.maszaros@tn.gov or (615)532-4627.