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You've arrived at the largest celebration of Canadian books on the Internet, and we're thrilled to have you! More than 135,000 Canadian books live here, ready for you to explore, add to lists, share with friends, and even buy (by choosing one of the buy links you'll find on every book page).

With such a big site and range of options, how do you get started using

There are two ways to think about it, and they depend on how much you want to engage with the site. You can join as a member (a choice we heartily endorse!) or you can decide not to. In the latter case, you’d use the site mostly for searches (e.g., by keyword, title, or author), to read the blog, and to look at featured lists on our home page.

As a member, you get the chance to participate in the community of 49th Shelf – as much or as little as you like. You not only get to benefit from word-of-mouth recommendations … you help to create it! Members can:

  • Create and check out others' book lists
  • Comment on others’ book lists or on blog posts
  • Get special member privileges, such as entering to win sample copies of new releases and forthcoming books, getting access to special content and contests, and subscribing to our monthly newsletter

Signing up to be a member is super-easy and safe. Once you’re registered, you’ll be able to control how much info anyone else can see about you and participate in the site as much or as little as you like.

We don’t sell books directly on the site, but we do provide quick links to a range of retailers you can choose from to make your purchase.

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