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Week #9 Thing #22 August 5, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — shshuskies @ 3:11 am

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OK, so the World eBook Fair website is AWESOME! I couldn’t believe how many books they have for free to download. It was quicker to download Dracula than it would have been on my Kindle. And, better yet, it’s free! I did have trouble listening to some of the books, in particular Walt Whitman’s and Shakespeare’s poetry, because my Mac doesn’t have the required software to listen to them.

I was intrigued by the ebooks that are sent directly to your cell phone. Apparently, though, these do cost money.

I got a kick out of Librivox. What a cool website! I listened to parts of Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and was quite impressed. I then searched for our English department’s core novels and to my disappointment, none of them are in this website! That’s too bad since audiobooks for many classics are hard to come by and our Special Ed department could really benefit from this.

And you were right– authors of School Library Learning, the British Library Online Gallery is amazing! I just got finished listening to some early works of Jane Austen while seeing the words in her own hand. How cool is that?! Then I browsed around Leonardo’s Notebook while a narrator told me what I was looking at. Then I jumped over to Mozart’s Musical Diary and not only read about his work, seen it in his own hand, but was able to listen to it as well. This website is a gem! It did take a few tries to get my cursor to hold the pages down long enough so I could turn the pages, though. Well worth the effort!

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One Response to “Week #9 Thing #22”

  1. HappyTrails Says:

    Sheldon Librarian, you will have lots to share with our cadre. I am so proud of you! You have finished all of the most difficult things. All you have left to do, is to sum up your journey. You set a goal to finish this project this summer and you have accomplished it. Hurrah! I’m looking forward to collaborating with you on how we can incorporate some of these tools in our meetings this year to encourage others to use them even if they don’t complete the “23 Things.” Well done!


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