I never thought someone would attempt to publish a printable reference of the Internet resources. The idea sounds pretty silly to say the least. Apparently not everyone thinks the same and someone has found a market for it.
Marcus P. Zillman, a keynote speaker and corporate consultant from Florida, probably employs a small army of gnomes who swipe the Internet for new web sites and record what they find in Internet Sources which is a 378 page manual in PDF format (currently priced at $39.95).
Luckily the book has an online counterpart which is freely available as a collection of small blogs. Each of these blogs is dedicated to one category. For example online shopping and deals sites are at shoppingbots.info and all e-commerce related sites are at ecommerceresources.info.
The collection is pretty frequently updated (in fact a new version was just released on January 1, 2007) and you can access the complete table of content with links to each blog from here: whitepapers.us.
I am not sure if you are going to find it useful. To me personally the categories are somewhat too broad. I would appreciate more categorization layers. However I liked the fact that you don’t have to submit a link to get it to the list (like you would have to do with a typical online directory) which means the information in many cases is more complete and up to date (provided my assumption about the gnomes holds true :-) ). I personally have found quite a few new shopping resources that I plan to check out.
There is one thing that bothers me though — what criteria do they use for selecting the links? While I like the fact that all the links are hand picked I don’t like the idea that my favorite web sites will be subjected to someone’s personal preferences even if they consider themselves an “Internet Expert”.
Anyway, for what it is worth, check it out and tell Marcus if his gnomes are doing a fine job of writing the book. :-)