Reading Group Guides and Lit Lovers are two online resources that offer comprehensive listings for book-club discussion guides. Alternatively, book-club leaders can search a specific publisher's website for reading guides on its books, such as Penguin Books or Simon & Schuster.
Reading Group Guides offers more than 3,900 free guides for book-club discussions. Leaders can search by title, author or genre and read excerpts from books. Printable lists of questions designed to generate discussion about specific books are available for download. Reading Group Guides also offers generic guides that are useful when no guide is available for a specific book. These generic guides are customized by genre, some as specific as historical fiction, religion and spirtuality, and current events and politics.
Lit Lovers offers over 2,700 guides with plot summaries, author bios, reviews and questions for discussion. Book-club leaders can browse by title or use the search box to enter titles, names or keywords. Printing the guide's list of questions is done by clicking the print tab on the book's page. Lit Lovers also offers a list of generic questions for both fiction and nonfiction selections.
Some larger publishing houses, such as Penguin and Simon & Schuster, offer reading guides for their books on the websites. Penguin, as with Reading Group Guides and Lit Lovers, also provides tips on starting a successful book club, finding members and choosing books.