In this day of the information explosion it is essential that teenagers come to appreciate the value of reading on their own or they will be left behind by those who do. Fortunately the internet has become a wonderful resource. Here are some hints to help encourage and guide teens along their way to life long learning.If you’re looking for more tips, books for teen boys has it for you.
Teens who read independently were typically readers of print books as children. The nature of the publishing business has changed dramatically in the past few years. There are now more books for teens published as e-books than as paper books. These digital books for teens are a natural fit to the younger generation’s life experience. Teens (and children) are comfortable using the web and are quite savvy about where to look on the web for various kinds of information – games, sports, shopping, music downloads, and so on. Often, not so much when it comes to reading material.
Books for teens on the web are available in several forms. Some web sites offer free books either to read on the site or to download and read on one of the ever increasing kinds of electronic devices. There are books for teens formatted especially for the book reading devices. Those vary in price but virtually all of them cost something.
Most towns have a library and a few bookstores so where to go to find or to purchase a print book is a relatively simple matter. The web, however, boasts millions of sites presenting books for teens. How do you sift through all those possibilities and find the quality, safe, sites that you want? Begin by formulating some ‘long string’ keywords to search on Google, Bing, and the like. The term ‘long string’ means key phrases with 3 to 6 words (compared with one or two). In general, the more words, the more specific the search becomes and therefore the fewer sites there will be look at – filter out.
For example, rather than searching ‘books’, a search for ‘books for teens’ or ‘mystery books for teens’, or ‘Marc Miller mystery books for teens (or any other known author of quality books for teens) will all dramatically reduce the number sites and sift out those with irrelevant titles and ulterior motives.
An even more precise search uses the specific titles of books for teens when they are known (Hardy Boys Mysteries, Nancy Drew Mysteries, Kevin Kress – teen detective, etc.). Not only will this find a variety of sites offering the books in various formats and prices, but it will typically discover sites that have other books for teens similar to the one being searched.
Mature teens will enjoy and benefit from many of the same books as adults. Many of the books teens are required to read in high school English classes are adult fare – Poe, Hemingway, Shakespeare, etc.
Teens are typically impatient so any help we can provide that will make their search for reading material easier and faster will usually be accepted if not welcomed. By doing a little spade work ourselves we can feel more comfortable about the reading material they encounter on the web.