While it’s well known that teens today are a digital generation, it may be surprising to learn that the majority of young adults prefer printed, physical books to ebooks. In fact, a recent study found that 62% of young adults ages 16-24 prefer traditional books over digital ebooks. Dedicating a section of your bookshop or including young adult options within the book section of your store is a great way to attract this age demographic of consumers. As the largest wholesale distributor of remainder, promotional, and bargain-priced books, American Book Company has everything you need to develop your young adult book section for a fraction of the price you’d pay anywhere else. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you get started in selecting some great young adult books!
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Fantasy and Sci-Fi books are a great way for young adults to expand their creativity and develop vivid imaginations. Not only is this genre of book entertaining, but many are also part of a multi-book series, giving readers the opportunity to follow the storyline from book to book. We suggest adding Ally Condie’s Atlantia, Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski’s Edgeland, and For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig.
Books on TV or in Theater
Given the number of books that have been adapted into TV series or movies, as well as books written based on movies, this category will be a great one to feature for young adults. We recommend Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, an entertaining tale about the pageant world that was recently adapted into a Netflix movie. Younger teens may enjoy The Addams Family by Calliope Glass, which was written based on the newly animated series. Fans of Marvel will be delighted to be able to pick up a copy of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War by Chris Wyatt. Finally, theatre lovers can enjoy Dear Evan Hanson, a bestselling novel by Val Emmich based on the award-winning Broadway production.
General fiction novels have been a routine favorite of many YA readers. These novels often explore themes of love, loss, friendship, and more. Coming of age stories are especially relatable to growing teens who may see themselves in many of the characters. To start with this genre, consider adding The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens, Brian Bliss’ Meet Me Here, or Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian.
Adding a young adult book section to your shop or bookstore is a valuable use of your time that can help you attract younger readers. American Book Company has thousands of titles to help you create your collection and stock your shelves. Visit our website to explore all of our options and be sure to check out our entire Young Adult section for more book options!