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December 12, 2010

25 Places To Read Free Books Online

Lots of schools have winter/holiday/Christmas breaks at the end of December. If you want to...

...catch up on some good reading - for free - check out this website - http://educhoices.org/articles/Online_Libraries_-_25_Places_to_Read_Free_Books_Online.html.

I love to read and I always seem to be on a budget, so free is always good.

I'll give you a little taste here, but you really should spend some time poking around on these sites. You never know what treasures you'll stumble into.

For piles of fairly easy books and childrens' books, take a look at the International Children's Digital Library at - http://en.childrenslibrary.org/.

I love children's books - especially for beginning English language learners. The vocabulary is basic and direct and the stories generally give readers some intriguing insights into English speaking cultures. They are also fun to read - or listen to - out loud in class.

I also love the classics of literature; Dickens, The Brontes, Plato, Longfellow and Shakespeare among many others. You can find them all - and many more - at - http://www.online-literature.com/author_index.php or http://publicliterature.org/">http://publicliterature.org/.

Be sure to track down "A Christmas Carol" for a glimpse of a Dicken's Christmas. "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift is classic satire (be sure to explain to your students what satire is - this is a rather horrifying story without that knowledge).

And for everything from childrens' books to cookbooks, take a look at - http://www.bored.com/ebooks/.

And don't forget the pioneer of online publishing, Project Gutenberg. They have been gathering copyright free texts for years now. They have all kinds of books of all genres - and across most, if not all formats that will work on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or any other portable device. You can see their home page here - http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page.

They even have a CD & DVD collection. Check it out at - http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_CD_and_DVD_Project.

You can see the whole set of links here - http://educhoices.org/articles/Online_Libraries_-_25_Places_to_Read_Free_Books_Online.html.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just normal people might find interesting. Let us all know about words that make you crazy and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) and a newspaper columnist http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/columnists/morf_morford/ and would love to do either one of those somewhere else in the world next year.

Posted by mmorf at December 12, 2010 09:50 PM

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