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Never-ending interesting book links…

Posted on: September 20, 2006

I’ve mentioned audio before, and classic lit delivered to your mailbox…and now I’ve found a couple more sites that relate.

LoudLit.org, being “literature for your eyes and ears”, has an oddly educational aspect to it:

Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.

As an ex-ESL teacher, I definitely see the advantages, but it’s not necessarily something I’d put on my front page as a selling point. “Hey kids! It’s good for you!”

Ah, but you read a little deeper, and you discover that the aim is to help those with dyslexia — always a noble pursuit. Supposedly, up to 20% of the population suffers from some form of dyslexia. I know I have moments when I’m really tired and going buggy-eyed looking at numbers…Imagine feeling like that all the time. [Here’s a link for the International Dyslexia Association, and another one for the Canadian Dyslexia Association.]

LoudLit.org has some great public domain works, read by named readers. I don’t recognize any of them (not that that means anything!), but finding a reader you like makes listening pleasurable.

The other link I wanted share today is another get-book-fragments-in-your-inbox, DailyLit. Poe, Plato, Nietzsche…it’s quite an impressive collection. And, you can pick what time of day your segments will be delivered to your box (is that an advantage?).

Enjoy.

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