Ample Sanity provided two intriguing links that English teachers might enjoy.
The Free Library offers “free free, full-text versions of classic literary works from hundreds of celebrated authors, whose biographies, images, and famous quotations can also be found on the site” as well as “a massive collection of periodicals from hundreds of leading publications.” I spent about five minutes on the site and was immediately hooked. The potential for use in schools is enormous.
DailyLit offers books via e-mail to those “too busy for books.” I scratched my head at first, but then realized that this idea has a lot of potential. I know that I have trouble finding time to read books with three kids and a full time job. I sometime feel like I don’t read enough (I can impose more guilt trips on myself, I swear!), but I always have a book going. Getting books via e-mail can ensure that I will spend at least a few minutes reading, and the selection is great. I think I’m finally going to read Moby Dick.