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Dashboard? More Like Bookshelf: Your Guide to Literary Tumblrs

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[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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99 Responses to “Dashboard? More Like Bookshelf: Your Guide to Literary Tumblrs”

  1. 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

  2. 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!

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

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

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  8. Tiffany
    at 11:11 am on February 9, 2012

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

  9. 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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  12. 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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  14. 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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  18. 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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  23. 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.

  24. Don Precosky
    at 5:59 pm on March 17, 2012

    My tumblr, “Arguing with poets”

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

  25. tercüme bürolari
    at 6:46 am on April 9, 2012

    Great list. Thanks Nick..

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  27. ice
    at 9:51 pm on April 12, 2012

    a fairly new one, but seems inspiring.
    http://www.tumblr.com/blog/invictus-ab-intra

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  29. Jay
    at 3:08 am on May 13, 2012

    Hi, my blog is also on literature (with film on the side!) Please follow it on tumblr! :D

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    Thanks!

  30. 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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  34. kerry
    at 2:42 pm on August 27, 2012

    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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