The 49th Shelf: an online Canadian book community

First published on February 21, 2012

A site I’m proud to work on with Mugo Web is The 49th Shelf at

I love Canadian books

The 49th Shelf is an online community around Canadian books. There are many Canadian book publishers with tens of thousands of interesting titles, but until now there was no site that aggregated all of these books in one place. The website was recently re-branded and re-launched with as its 2012 lead sponsor (see the press release).

Some current interesting and interactive features on The 49th Shelf include:

  • Book star ratings, tagging, commenting, and favouriting / bookmarking
  • Contests, games, and giveaways
  • Author bios, editorial reviews
  • Ability to create your own list of books
  • Recommended reading lists
  • Extensive categorization of books
  • A search engine that can be filtered by author, book publisher, and list
  • Ability to share books via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter

Plus, of course, you can simply discover new books.

I am not a particularly accomplished book reader, but I try to make semi-productive use of transit time on the train by reading. Check out my Canadian book list.

And if you just want free books, check out the giveaways page!


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