While giving authors, publishers, and bloggers the ability to easily promote books from their websites and blogs, Amazon developers may have inadvertently empowered teachers to rescue reluctant readers and inspire them to become lifelong readers.
Amazon’s new Kindle Instant Preview is helping educators bring books to life for students, and Instant Preview just might inspire even the most reluctant readers to dive into a book, once they peruse it from their tablet or mobile device.
The Secret Sauce
Kindle Instant Preview gives website and blog administrators the ability to grab an embed code from any book, so a preview of the book will appear on that site, making instant reading a one-click experience (click FREE PREVIEW on the book pictured above to give it a test run).
Kids like digital tools and they love mobile learning. Still, if a teacher sends reluctant readers to a link that takes them to an Amazon book page, they are likely to click to the first thing that catches grabs their interest, and it may not be what the teacher intended. Or, they may search for something different — a game or other product — or they may navigate away from the Amazon site to their favorite social network (not that there’s anything wrong with that in some cases).
What if you invite students to a cool classroom website or blog and they see a fascinating book cover, like Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, pictured above? What curious kid could pass on this? Now, all they have to do is click FREE PREVIEW, and the mysteries of the book unfold before their eyes.
What You Can Do Tomorrow
- Create a library page on your classroom website or blog.
- Find the most popular books for young adults — start here.
- Grab the embed code for each book and paste it into your library page (see graphic below).
- Tell students you have something irresistible for them; trust me, they’ll bite (not literally, I hope).
- Watch and smile as students read one preview after another.
- Be prepared for them to beg you for books.
- Come back here and share your stories in our comment section below.
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Author: Mark Barnes
Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 140,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.