E-Books Week, a free audio book and Morris Gleitzman

1898 version

Today I downloaded a free copy of an audio book. This version of Alice in Wonderland was read by  Michael York and was  available, in both mp3 and mp4 formats, from Blackstone Audio.  

The free download of this audio book will be available from Blackstone Audio to listeners worldwide until March 16. Thank you to the CMIS fiction focus site for the information as well as for the news that it is currently E-books week (March 7-13).

I am still catching up with everything this term so I did not know about e-books week until today. It still has a few days to go and there is a list of available offers on this site.

I found some more information about e-book week when reading another post (Genreality) It appears that some of the background to this is:

The week was started by Rita Toews in 2004, the event is designed to “educate and inform the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media and readers world-wide are welcome to join in the effort and are encouraged to promote electronic reading with events of their own. These could include: public readings, library displays, reading challenges, school visits, newspaper and blog articles, chat show appearances, internet radio interviews, e-book give-ways, and website banners.”

There is still time to have a look around at what is out there and what may be of use to us here in Victorian/Australian schools. The options we have when it comes to e-books are certainly less than the US but it is perhaps a way to sample some of what is available.

ALSO – From ABC Perth there is an hour long podcast from Morris Gleitzman’s session where he talks primarily about his book Grace but also about writing and the life of a writer, at the Perth Writers Festival. It can be found here. He is always a very articulate writer and when you can listen to him, without distractions, it is another podcast worth listening to and sharing.

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One Response

  1. interesting to see this – thanks

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