The New York Times
The books section of The New York Times offers up to the minute American book news and lengthy and intelligent reviews by authors such as Jay McInerney. Although there is a navigation bar to the left of the screen, it's best to browse the homepage to see what's available as not all book-related features appear on the bar. Archives can be searched for reviews and articles going back to 1996. You'll need to register to get beyond the site's homepage. Registration is both free and secure although you will be asked to give information about your circumstances.
Readers' Opinions are on the left-hand navigation bar under Opinion. The books section hosts a reading group as part of The New York Times on the Web Forums but you will find a variety of other literary topics under discussion. Discussions are thoughtful and intelligent but occasionally rather waspish. Archived discussions are available.
Sunday Book Review The complete Sunday Book Review can be accessed online including extensive book reviews, author interviews, editors' choice and bestsellers. Archives for the Sunday Book Review stretch back to 1997.
Audio This section houses a fascinating selection of audio clips including poetry readings by W.H. Auden and Sylvia Plath. You'll need Real Player software, easily downloadable via a link at the site, to listen to these.
First Chapters There are literally hundreds of first chapters available at the site, including many by British writers.