Free eBooks & eAudio for Teens
Stuck inside? Bored? Want to escape for a bit? Or find something new and interesting?
Here's a dozen options for eBooks and eAudio:
1) Libby (via Overdrive) is the most robust and versatile option. It probably should come as no surprise that this service's eBooks and eAudio are hand-selected and curated by the Coeur d'Alene Public Library (and our local networked libraries) and are available free-of-charge to anyone with a library card. There's thousands of titles, ranging from fiction, non-fiction, and even some graphic novels and manga. If you're babysitting younger siblings, there's also some great children's content here, too, such as Read-a-longs and easy-readers that will help the time fly by. Can't find what you're looking for? Request that we purchase new digital content through our purchase request form. Overdrive has the Big Library Read program, too, which allows for unlimited checkouts of a digital title; at the time of this post, the selected title is "Funny, You Don't Look Autistic", which is an autobiography that's intended for teen audiences. We're having a digital book club geared around it, too, which will meet on April 13; click the link for more details.
2) Teen Book Cloud (via Tumblebooks) is a service that we've been temporarily given access to during the COVID-19 crisis. (If you enjoy this service and would like to see it continue, please let us know.) It offers unlimited simultaneous viewing of its digital titles (which come from a wide range of genres), so you can easily start a digital book club with your friends.
3) Riveted Free Reads (via Simon Teen) is a website from a teen book publishing company that offers free reads, as well as free excerpts from new books coming out. It's available all-year-round, but it might be especially helpful right now, if you're trying to start (or join) a digital book club. It offers unlimited downloads of digital titles (while they're available), updates its offerings often, and creates curated posts suggesting what to read next.
4) Audible Stories (via Audible) contains some freely released eAudio (from the Audible subscription service--but available without subscription) to help people during the COVID-19 crisis.
5) Comixology Free Comics (via Comixology) contains some freely released eComics (from the Comixology subscription service--but available without subscription) to help people during the COVID-19 crisis.
6) Shonen Jump (via VIZ) contains some free eMangas. VIZ is a publishing company for manga and also has a subscription service, but you only have to join in order to read select chapters. Many of the newest chapters are free online. Most of these series will likely be ones that you've heard of, such as "My Hero Academia" and "Demon Slayer". It's available all-year-round. (There's also an app version.)
7) Marvel Unlimited - Free Comics (via Marvel) contains some freely released eComics (from the Marvel Unlimited subscription service--but available without subscription) to help people during the COVID-19 crisis. Most of these series will likely be ones that you've heard of, such as "Avengers" and "Black Panther". (There's also an app version.)
8) B&N Free eBooks (via Barnes & Noble) contains some free eBooks for Teens and some free Graphic Novels. Accessibility might be an issue, if you don't have a B&N Nook device or the Nook app. It may also require a Barnes & Noble account.
9) High School eBook Collection (via EBSCO) is a service that we've been temporarily given access to during the COVID-19 crisis. (If you enjoy this service and would like to see it continue, please let us know.) It's part of an EBSCO eBook collection that's been made available through LiLI.org, for this season. The collection includes several reference-like materials and more non-fiction and DIY titles than some of our other library-affiliated offerings. It may require your Idaho zip code and the name of your city (e.g. coeur dalene) in order to access it. (While this particular offering is only temporary, LiLI offers a wide variety of research databases to Idaho residents free-of-charge all-year-round; be sure to check them out!)
10) SYNC Audiobooks for Teens (via Audiofile) is a service that annually provides free eAudio to teens over the summer (April 30 to July 1). At the time of this posting, the service begins in about a month. This year, it's a worldwide service, so you could be listening to the same eAudio as teens from a different location on the globe! The Sora app (another Overdrive app, geared towards schools) is required in order to access the content. Two new titles are released every week. Here's 2020's schedule of releases.
11) LibriVox (via Public Domain) contains both a volunteer opportunity and a great collection of eAudio titles from the public domain (which are freely available titles whose copyright has expired). Through this site, you can volunteer to record yourself reading a public domain title, or you can access the thousands of titles that have already been completed by other volunteers from across the world. This a great resource for eAudio versions of classic literature (as many of these are in the public domain).
12) Project Gutenberg (via Public Domain) is one of the largest collections of public domain eBooks on the internet. There are volunteer opportunities through the site for proofreaders, as well. This is another great resource for digital versions of classic literature. It legally provides a wide-variety of content from books that have fallen out of copyright. Each book has been scanned, OCR'd, and proofread by several volunteers before it's available to the general public. The sheer number of titles can be overwhelming, so here's a link to Project Gutenberg's Top 100, which might help you narrow your choices.
Have a favorite resource that's not on this list? Feel free to comment below, or contact us!
Except where described, Coeur d'Alene Public Library is not affiliated with or sponsored by these companies or offerings and cannot be held responsible for faulty links, gaps in service, special requirements, or other issues.
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An online database for book and website recommendations for teens, created by Angela Flock, the Teen Librarian at Coeur d'Alene Library.