Regardless if it is in electronic or paper format, the written word is everything. We communicate our thoughts, feelings and discoveries by writing them down and showing them to others. The format may have changed but content is everything. If what you have written is important then it will outlive you by a millennium.
A perfect combination of thought and format are literary databases. They are electronic but their goal is to gather the written word together within a searchable container. They may be online but they exist due to our enduring fascination with the written word. Perfect examples of this would be:
- Literary Reference Center Plus: (New) From Austen to Zola and back again. Thousands of plot summaries and author biographies and interviews. It also includes classic and contemporary poems, short stories and classic novels.
- LitFinder: Full text poems, short stories, essays, speeches, plays, novels and more. Look for the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou if you need your spirits lifted!
- Poetry and Short Story Reference Center: Full text poems and short stories. Includes audio readings of poems.
- Novelist Plus: The place to go if you are hunting down ideas for books to read. Includes thematic book lists, recommended reads and read-a-likes.