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Book Publishing Websites: The Best And Worst (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/23/10 07:59 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:50 PM ET

Everyone in book publishing has a website. We know Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound and Borders among others sell books on the web. Authors have web sites that tell you about their writing. But what do book publisher websites do? We wanted to know, so we looked at what's out there to see if we could figure it out.

There's a mix of blog content, video, book purchasing options and news. Some sites seemed neglected and with no personality, others were brimming with enthusiasm. Some had us clicking through for more, while others had us navigating away quickly. While many publishers have found ways to integrate blog content and social media, others remain essentially book-buying portals.

Do you visit publisher's websites? If so, do you find any of them useful? Vote in the slideshow below, and let us know about your favorites in the comments section.

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One of the largest publishing houses, Macmillan's website does a good job featuring some of their major books, but leaves something to be desired in terms of original content. The tiny, difficult to read blog deep in the right side of the page was last updated the 10th of March--an eon in internet time. Book news, also buried at the bottom of the page, is not organized in chronological order, but we're fairly certain it hasn't been updated too recently either.
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