So yesterday I blogged about my new Kindle and how much I dig it. And then a friend sent me a link to Project Gutenberg and I realized that, WOW… there is so much INCREDIBLE reading I can do.
And none of it costs an extra dime.
Makes me think of school libraries. Sometimes, there are not enough copies of a book for every kid. Sometimes the title I wanted to teach is checked out by another teacher. Sometimes the school doesn’t even own the title so I could never bring it into my class even though I knew it was a book that could be used to rock the house.
Look, there is an inevitablity to eReaders of some sort finding their way into our schools in a permanent manner – and there is a ton of upside to us speeding up that process on many, many fronts.
And for all those who fear the death of the canon, just click here to see what the top 100 books being downloaded at Project Gutenberg are right now.
Either we English teachers own a heck of a lot of eReaders or someone is reading the classics because they are, well… worth reading.
I’ve said it a thousand times: great books will survive due to their merit… not as a result of ELA teachers shoving them down the throats of kids who are mandated to sit in hard, uncomfortable chairs and be quiet for 55 minutes a day.
Project Gutenberg is showing tales of a demise that hasn’t demised much at all. I digg it!
(BTW, on a side note, at dinner the other night I met a woman in her mid-30’s who was almost done reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Goodness, do I love Dumas. And then we got around to my favorite Frenchy of all time: Victor Hugo. And lookie who is currently number 35 on the list cited above. Niiiice!)