It isn’t difficult to find stories online. It is a bit more difficult to find free stories online. To find high quality free stories on line is not such an easy task. Here are some things to keep in mind while you search for stories that will enhance your reading for fun.
Reading for fun has always been one of the most inexpensive forms of entertainment. I remember when the first 25 cent paper backs hit the market. It was a real bargain for a poor boy who spent lots of time reading for fun. There are free public libraries that have always facilitated free reading for fun. Presently, web sites offering free stories online have popped up by the thousands. That has both an up-side and a down-side. Many use the ‘free’ as a come on – giving away a few and offering a lot more for sale. We all understand how advertising works and recognize that it has long brought us free radio and TV. So, we can certainly put up with a few advertising ploys on the web in order to find some free stories and books to support our addiction to reading for fun.
When you search a browser (Google, Bing, Ask, etc.) for a ‘free’ site, enter key words such as, ‘free short stories’, ‘free fiction’, ‘free mystery stories’, ‘free romance stories’, ‘free humorous stories’, ‘free historical stories’, ‘free stories for children’, ‘free books for teens’, and so on. (Sometime ago I even found one under, ‘free stories for grandpas!)
Another approach is to search by author: ‘Free stories by Poe’, ‘… by Hemingway’, and so on depending on your taste in authors. When searching by author for free stories online, most will not be current authors but instead will be drawn from pieces that are old enough to be in the public domain (no copyright restrictions). When reading for fun, that probably really doesn’t matter and often provides excellent quality.
Here are a few well received modern authors some of whose work can be found here and there as free stories online: Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Garrison Flint (mystery), Marc Miller (ghost stories), Gary Hutchison (mainstream fiction), Bonnie Brewster (family romance), Grampa Gray (fun for seniors), David Drake (kids and teens).
When reading for fun, remember there are also very inexpensive stories and books available online. With the coming of the technology to download digital files it has become possible for sites to offer full length books for as little as 99 cents. In this day and age, that is a bargain. They are downloaded to your computer or other reading devices (usually as PDF files) and can be read on the screen. Typically the purchaser is permitted to print one copy for personal use. That, of course, adds to your cost and you need to figure whether or not it would still be a bargain. Short stories are almost always a bargain when printed off.
Free stories online can greatly enhance your reading for fun. Encourage the young people in your life to search for their kind of free stories online. (You may want to preselect a few websites that you know are kid-safe.)