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Dashboard? More Like Bookshelf: Your Guide to Literary Tumblrs

By posted at 6:00 am on February 3, 2012 98

[Ed Note: Don’t miss Part Two and Part Three!]

About two months ago, The Millions joined the Tumblr community. So far, the going has been great. The platform is perfectly suited for dynamic storytelling, and as a direct result, it is home to some of the friendliest book lovers around. However, the site’s SEO (or lack thereof) is regrettably unkind to Tumblr outsiders, and this leads to two things. On the one hand, the insularity stokes the kind of kinship that makes its community so tightknit. On the other, the lack of easy searching reduces each blog’s chance of attracting new (or outside) viewers. I’d like to change that. By creating this list of my favorite “literary Tumblrs,” I hope to turn you on to some of the sites that make The Millions’ dashboard that much brighter.

For convenience, I’ve broken this list up among several categories, but I haven’t put these in any preferential order. “Single-Servings” are the most quintessentially Tumblr-like Tumblrs: blogs that fill one particular, ultra-specific niche. “Reviewers,” “Publishers,” “Magazines,” and “Booksellers/Libraries/Foundations” are exactly what they sound like. Sites classified as “Marginalia” are streams of miscellaneous book factoids, images, and, well, marginalia. I’ve tried to avoid listing personal Tumblrs except for a few here and there. Finally, I’ve included a “Wish List” of entities I’d like to see enter the world of likes and reblogs.

1.      Single-Servings

2.     Reviewers

3.     Booksellers/Libraries/Foundations

4.     Marginalia

5.     Publishers (Big Six)Bear in mind: most of these lean pretty heavily
towards being just marketing tools.

6.     Publishers (Littler Guys)

7.     Magazines

8.    Wish List

This list, of course, is by nature incomplete. I am sure I’ve missed a ton of standouts. Please feel free to let me know which ones I’ve overlooked in the comments!

[Ed Note: Don’t miss Part Two and Part Three!]





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  1. Florian
    at 7:06 am on February 3, 2012

    This is an awesome list, thanks Nick!
    We at Asymptote are also avid Tumblr(er?)s:
    http://asymptotejournal.tumblr.com/

  2. Mark Haber
    at 8:11 am on February 3, 2012

    Thank you for this. I only recenly discovered The Millions (two months ago) and am continually impressed by the writing, intelligence, book suggestions and general good-natured enthusiasm for literature, art, etc. It has quickly become one of the first sites I visit each morning. (I do plan to ‘support’ you guys, but being a state employee my pockets are quite thin at the moment). Thank you and all the other amazing writers at this site. Book lovers and struggling writers are not alone!

  3. ds
    at 8:48 am on February 3, 2012

    Great list! On my literary journal I’m two away from having reviewed all of Shakespeare, and my next project is French lit. Essays, fiction, music, film :)

  4. Color Disco » Blog Archive » Literary Tumblrs
    at 9:24 am on February 3, 2012

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  5. DG
    at 9:49 am on February 3, 2012

    Great list, Nick! Both fwriction : review and its blog, fwriction, are rocking Tumblr:

    http://www.fwrictionreview.com
    http://www.fwriction.com

  6. Michael
    at 9:53 am on February 3, 2012
  7. Lisa
    at 9:57 am on February 3, 2012

    Plenty of Young Readers people on Tumblr, including Penguin Teen! http://penguinteen.tumblr.com/

  8. Nate
    at 9:59 am on February 3, 2012

    great list, yo!

  9. Richard
    at 10:00 am on February 3, 2012

    Give Me Something to Read (givemesomethingtoread.com) has been sharing long reads on Tumblr much longer than Longreads has.

  10. Jackie
    at 10:15 am on February 3, 2012

    I have to put it out there and represent my people: http://freepressbooks.tumblr.com/ for new, more frequent literary tumblr miscellany.

  11. Edward Champion
    at 10:17 am on February 3, 2012
  12. Amanda
    at 10:19 am on February 3, 2012

    Dutton of Penguin is also on tumblr, and ours is only marginally about marketing. It’s mostly just fun! http://duttonbooks.tumblr.com/

  13. James
    at 10:20 am on February 3, 2012

    What about Island Books? You guys even liked us this week. http://www.mercerislandbooks.tumblr.com

  14. Jason Hensel
    at 10:23 am on February 3, 2012

    Great list! I didn’t know The Millions had a Tumblr, and now I’m following it.

    And here’s mine: http://bookandbeer.tumblr.com

    Thank you,
    jason

  15. Nick Moran
    at 10:51 am on February 3, 2012

    Thanks for all the submissions, everyone. I knew I was leaving some deserving accounts out, so I apologize for any oversight. Also, a scheduling note, the majority of this piece was assembled about a month ago, so anything we’ve only recently discovered was left off the cut — all told, perhaps a Part 2 is in order in the near future.

  16. Claire
    at 11:00 am on February 3, 2012

    You forgot Free Press Books over at S&S!

    http://www.tumblr.com/freepressbooks

  17. Emily
    at 11:12 am on February 3, 2012

    Emily Books is a bookstore, magazine, publisher AND a Tumblr. But really mostly a Tumblr. http://emilybooks.tumblr.com/

  18. The American Scholar
    at 11:13 am on February 3, 2012

    The American Scholar has a tumblr as well! We are small but growing.

    http://theamericanscholar.tumblr.com/

  19. Paul
    at 11:16 am on February 3, 2012

    Thanks, Nick — It’s great to get a survey of literary tumblrdom.

    Speaking to your wish list (for more poems &c. on tumblr), The Academy of American Poets recently joined the mix: http://poetsorg.tumblr.com

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  21. esquared
    at 11:38 am on February 3, 2012

    paperback girl http://www.paperbackgirl.com/

    and The New Inquiry http://thenewinquiry.com/

  22. Molly
    at 11:43 am on February 3, 2012

    Library Journal! A library / lit / tech news source AND a magazine: http://tumblr.libraryjournal.com/

  23. E
    at 11:47 am on February 3, 2012

    Wishlist: Book Mooch and Good Reads, maybe e-reader sellers can tell me what’s cheaper than paperback or what out of print editions are available digitally and one day i’ll finally be convinced to buy one

    and something i started recently:

    http://www.pagetwentyseven.tumblr.com … eventually it’ll have the text from the 27th page of every book i own.

  24. Alexandra
    at 12:01 pm on February 3, 2012

    I recently started http://nonmodernist.tumblr.com as a place to collect info about early 20th century writers who aren’t, you know, Woolf and Eliot and Joyce and Faulkner.

  25. Eleanor Wingate
    at 12:01 pm on February 3, 2012

    Our debut novel, serialized on tumblr:

    http://loveandwar-novel.tumblr.com/

  26. k
    at 12:32 pm on February 3, 2012
  27. Dejiridoo
    at 12:38 pm on February 3, 2012

    http://FictionThatMatters.tumblr.com: This is a 5-year old blog that I finally migrated onto Tumblr.

    Reviews of stories about human rights (basically anything free expression and arts related).

    Much obliged!

  28. Michael L. Martin Jr.
    at 1:02 pm on February 3, 2012

    Hi Nick! Awesome list. I’ve been on tumblr for more than a year and many of these I hadn’t even been aware of until now.

    But if you ever do a part 2, YA Highway also has a tumblr: http://yahighway.tumblr.com/

    They’ve also compiled a nice list of YA authors on tumblr too!

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  30. Hannah
    at 2:10 pm on February 3, 2012

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a couple of tumblrs-

    For general HMH news – http://hmhbooks.tumblr.com/
    Not just HMH poetry – http://hmhpoetry.tumblr.com/
    Not just HMH literature in translation – http://hmhlit.tumblr.com/

  31. Michael
    at 3:07 pm on February 3, 2012

    Several months ago I noticed the great literary community on Tumblr, and with several other writers began our own–through the support of many university blory’s.

    http://www.storiesandsuchthings.tumblr.com

  32. Wilda Williams
    at 3:46 pm on February 3, 2012

    This is a great list. Very handy. Library Journal also has a tumblr that focuses on libraries, books, and publishing. http://tumblr.libraryjournal.com/

  33. Mathias
    at 5:08 pm on February 3, 2012

    You guys forgot my tumblr-blog, Literary Trashcan. Tune in for all sorts of literary trash and left-overs.

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  35. Muumuu House
    at 11:44 pm on February 3, 2012
  36. prettybooks
    at 5:09 am on February 4, 2012

    It’s fantastic that Tumblr book blogs are getting some recognition! Although it’s a shame that you don’t consider any of the photography blogs (well, with the exception of one!) as “literary Tumblrs”. We do love to read and talk about books as well as post pretty photos of them ;)

  37. brooke
    at 10:27 am on February 4, 2012

    biblioguerilla.tumblr.com is new and posts pictures from the antiquarian book trade, as well as archival finds on a near-daily basis

  38. Marcus Speh
    at 10:42 am on February 4, 2012

    Kaffe in Katmandu is/was a great literary venue.

  39. Charlie Euchner
    at 11:08 am on February 4, 2012

    This is fantastic. I would love to post this on my site, with attribution and link. Is that OK?

  40. C. Max Magee
    at 11:33 am on February 4, 2012

    We’d rather you didn’t post the full text. Thanks.

  41. Tomes and Talismans
    at 12:04 pm on February 4, 2012

    I post, like, book stuff pretty often: http://tomesandtalismans.tumblr.com/tagged/books

    Don’t look at the other stuff though it’s fairly bonkers.

  42. Matthew Vollmer
    at 6:59 pm on February 4, 2012

    Check out http://literaryartifacts.tumblr.com. More to come from Norton in the fall of 2012.

  43. alice under
    at 2:35 am on February 5, 2012

    Neither are entirely literature-centric, but I most enjoy http://bookaddicted.tumblr.com/ and http://mythologyofblue.tumblr.com/ from my followers. For book-as-object I think http://fuckyeahbookarts.tumblr.com/ does a great job of showcasing the altered book. And, cough, I also post a fair amount of book-related musings on my own tumblr.

  44. Nicky
    at 10:54 am on February 5, 2012

    A wonderful tumblr about books is by artist curated Luminous Books, http://luminousbooks.tumblr.com/

    Thank you for the list a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning.

  45. Oli
    at 9:18 am on February 6, 2012

    Thanks for posting this list.

    Both the The Essayist http://essayist.tumblr.com/ and its sister tumblr, The Documentarian http://thedocumentarian.tumblr.com/ are essential for me.

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  48. Tom Lutz
    at 7:20 pm on February 6, 2012

    Thanks, Nick; we at Los Angeles Review of Books salute you and appreciate the nod!

  49. typewriter poetry
    at 1:08 am on February 7, 2012

    Poet writes [free] typewritten poems for strangers on the spot: http://mytypewriterpoetry.tumblr.com

  50. Russ
    at 9:00 am on February 7, 2012

    We update this literary tumblr most days:
    http://berfrois.tumblr.com/

  51. David
    at 1:46 pm on February 7, 2012

    Thank you for the acknowledgement, Nick. We’re in the middle of redesigning our website. Once that’s finished (spring), we’ll have even more time to invest in the Tumblr.

    Best wishes,

    David
    Web editor
    Boston Review

  52. Red Tash
    at 1:47 pm on February 7, 2012

    Great list! I’m off to follow most!

    I am an author using tumblr for two blogs, because I *love* tumblr. I do wish it were more google-friendly, but whatever.

    Mine are RedTash.com & LesleaTash.com. My husband’s tumblr is TimTash.com, and he writes fantasy. Long live tumblr!

  53. Emilie
    at 2:46 pm on February 7, 2012

    Penguin Teen also has a great Tumblr: http://penguinteen.tumblr.com

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    at 11:11 am on February 9, 2012

    From one friendly book lover to the rest, with reviews & literary outfits: http://booksmatter.tumblr.com

  59. Allison
    at 4:40 pm on February 10, 2012

    Books & Books has started a Tumblr — http://booksandbookscoralgables.tumblr.com

    You can now cross us off your wish List.

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  62. Shelley
    at 11:41 am on February 14, 2012

    I can tell this is a very helpful list, and for the first time I went to Tumbler, but…I can’t tell what it is (??) If I “sign up,” will they be sending me emails? Is there a place to post comments on what other people put up?

    Confused, so confused….

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  64. The Strand
    at 12:07 pm on February 15, 2012

    Great list… and funny timing.

    We actually just launched a Strand Tumblr a couple of weeks ago! (We were still in testing mode when you were compiling this list.)

    So check it out:
    http://www.strandbooks.tumblr.com

    We’ve got staff reads, general book-related musings, and fun scans of the random objects we find embedded in the pages of used books.

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  68. yael
    at 5:39 pm on February 17, 2012

    a couple i think are worth mentioning:

    http://apenguinaweek.tumblr.com/
    http://nyrbclassics.tumblr.com/

    wishing so hard these would get back into updating their tumblr:
    http://dfwforever.tumblr.com/

    errr thought i had more, hence the “these”. oh well.

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  73. Doug Bruns
    at 11:27 am on March 11, 2012

    I’ve never met a (book/reading) list I didn’t love. Thanks, Nick. Really wonderful stuff here.

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    at 5:59 pm on March 17, 2012

    My tumblr, “Arguing with poets”

    http://arguing-with-poets.tumblr.com

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    at 9:51 pm on April 12, 2012

    a fairly new one, but seems inspiring.
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    Hi, my blog is also on literature (with film on the side!) Please follow it on tumblr! :D

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  80. Petrichor Press
    at 6:17 pm on May 15, 2012

    Thanks to this list I think I’ve almost doubled my “following” list.

    http://www.petrichorpress.tumblr.com is the official tumblr of my arts & literary journal Petrichor Review.

    I noticed Overlook Press is not on the list, but they have an excellent tumblr: http:.//www.overlookpress.tumblr.com

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    As a tumblr lover-user, I appreciated this list and subscribed to all your recs–thank you–didn’t realize so much talent was at my fingertips and in my dash. May I also recommend WhiteElephantInTheRoom.tumblr.com?

    Not my site–have never even met the writer. Quite literary. Great voice.

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