The new fall semester is here and Literature is coming. That ususally means two things: a trip to the library or buying Dover thrift editions galore. Both of those options fit nicely into our budget (Dovers are only a buck or two each and libraries are free.)
From Paperback to MP3
But this week I had a light bulb moment–funny, how the simplest things trigger those–Mine said,audiobooks We’re not an extremely gadgety household. No ipods; no kindles (Though, I want one.) The kids do have their mp3 players and we have several laptops. That’s when it hit me: see what’s on the computer. Tunes and videoes aren’t the only things that can go viral.
As it turns out, classic literature adapts wonderfully to the online world. And as an added plus, I’ve found 2 sites where it’s absolutely free:
- Libra Vox (Classic books read by volunteers all FREE and all in the public domain)
- YouTube Channel Audiobooksfree
But WHY do I want to do this???
Well, I was an English major and I adore my classic lit, but I have to admit something about the sound makes this a totally new aadventure, totally envelopes me and takes me on the journey, something about the sound makes reading less solitary, and turning pages less of a chore. Even as an adult, I can tell you that mundane internet searching this week has been delightful as I listen to JM Berrie’s <em>Peter Pan</em> Try the audiobook approach with any student who reads well but who would be off-put by the notion of classic literature.
God Bless 😀