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Let me start with a confession:
I have read only one book in
the last six months.
Or is it nine months? I have
really lost track of the last time I
read a book purely for enjoy-
ment. Of course I m talking
about a book in the traditional
sense: something with a cover
and pages that turn.
When it comes to reading, I
have joined the technological rev-
olution. I still don t own a cell
phone, but I do much of my
reading now on a Kindle.
Believe me, there s something
quite satisfying about having a
library in your pocket. A Kindle
can hold hundreds of books---so
can a Barnes and Noble Nook,
although you can t download
books outside the US on a Nook.
Once I discovered that I could
get nearly all my classics on Kin-
dle for free, I was sold.
Some of those classics are too
big to hold, or maybe I m just
getting too old and feeble to hold
Kindles are good news for par-
ents of reluctant readers, because
enticing a child to do anything
these days must involve some
form of technology.
I have seen students who won t
pick up a book get into reading
once they own a Kindle.
I m hoping that Kindles will
help to build vocabulary skills as
well. We all know students don t
pick up a dictionary to look up a
book any more. Just take the
cursor to a word on Kindle and
the device gives the reader the
The Kindle application, which
is free to download, offers read-
ers an option to download any
Kindle book as an e-book on any
computer, so you don t have to
buy a Kindle to enjoy the tech-
nology. I also have e-books
downloaded on my computer.
Most publishing companies offer
some e-books now. Don t get me
wrong. There is still something
very satisfying about holding a
book. A Kindle or e-books don t
give you that feeling. I would
never go so far as to say that
electronic books will replace all
paper books. Yes, there are peo-
ple predicting the demise of
printed books, but I still find
many advantages to printed
It s easier to flip through a
book and find that place where I
want to re-read a passage. I am
one of those people who some-
times enjoys marking in the mar-
gins of a book and physically
highlighting something important
just for the joy of re-reading it
or because I am doing some
research for a project. My Kin-
dle doesn t offer me that luxury.
I also like to photocopy pas-
sages---within copyright laws---for
students. I don t know of any
way to do that on my Kindle.
Still, none of those issues are
going to matter to young, reluc-
As I weaned myself away from
printed books, I found my read-
ing increased greatly, paradoxical
as that might sound. I now listen
to books as well as reading them.
Audio.com is the "in" place to go
for audio books these days.
Listening skills are probably
eroding faster than reading skills
in this push-button world. Tune
out, switch off, turn the chan-
nel---you name it, there s a but-
ton for it. There are far too many
ways not to listen these days.
Audiobooks help to develop those
I consider myself to be above
average when it comes to listen-
ing skills, and I m surprised how
poorly I judged that skill when I
started listening to audiobooks. I
really had to train myself to listen
better. Audiobooks have been a
lifesaver for me. There was a
time when I seriously thought
about giving up teaching at YTC
on Saturday night because I
couldn t take the long drive com-
pounded by traffic jams that
could mean a gruelling 1 ½
hours to reach home. Now,
instead of stewing in traffic, I lis-
ten to an audiobook.
The great thing about audio
books is that if you play them in
the car---on the way to school,
for instance---you have a captive
audience. Audiobooks can be
downloaded onto iTunes and
they can be played on an iPod.
Of course you should not listen
to audiobooks with headphones
on if you re driving, but you can
get a cord that allows the iPod to
play from your radio.
The July/August holidays are
just around the corner and it is
vitally important for students to
read or listen to books during
that vacation if they want to
improve all the listening skills
and analytical skills that they
need for success in life and
Students will surf through the
Internet mindlessly, so a little
guidance in the direction of good
books never hurts.
Here are some Web sites to
check out for "summer" reading
A Children's Reading List:
Oprah's Reading List:
The Children's Book Council's
The Guardian Newspaper of
Great Britain Children's Reading
The International Reading
Organisation Reading List:
Amazon.com Summer Reading
Barnes and Noble Summer
KINDLES---GOOD NEWS FOR RELUCTANT READERS
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