But take a look at the picture of one of the students featured in the Evening Standard Movie in this article, and you will see that nothing of the sort was going on at all. The children weren’t reading books, they were shuffling a few photocopied pages around.
This perfectly explains the appalling reading standards ushered in by the National curriculum, and the Literacy Strategy in particular. Children don’t read books any more – they analyse texts.
There is no time or need to read books in school. Education is arranged for the sake of accountants, who need boxes to be ticked so they can analyse progress and massage figures more easily. Reading books doesn’t fit into that structure. Books take too long to read and – heaven forbid! – the children might make up their own minds about the message and meaning in the book. There may not be an appropriate box for them to tick!
The sooner the Literacy strategy is abandoned, the sooner British children can get back to the very difficult job of learning to read – that requires real books with a beginning a middle and an end, with a great story filled with life’s funny, sad and awkward truths.
It’s obvious really, The reason you shouldn’t read free e-book’s, is because they are mostly rubbish. If you think about it , how can anybody afford to write a book and give it away for free? There has to be a reason. Either they are complete junk or they are trying to sell you something.
Many free e-book’s that you see are really only a few pages encouraging you to download the rest of the book, possibly leaving you open to viruses. Otherwise they are sponsored by corporations or countries you may not wish to be influenced by.
Many of the free e-book’s I’ve looked at are Chinese Communist Party propaganda, aimed at bringing up children in a “certain way”. These are usually translated into English by German companies and have Canadian/Chinese voice-overs that are hysterically bland and are not aware of western intonations, so you can get some very strange double entendres.
The big problem with the books at the moment is that anyone who can get hold of the rights to “content” is piling into the market, trying to get a foothold while the gold rush is on. Anyone can make an e-book and, it seems, just about everybody is! Some of the free e-books I’ve looked at can only be described as execrable!
In life you get what you pay for, and that goes for e-book’s as well as everything else. And if you don’t want to pay, don’t be surprised if all you get is rubbish, because the people you rely on to produce quality “content” still need to eat at the end of the day.
So you’re probably wondering what would be a good e-book to download? Well, I’m biased but I would recommend the Ginger Ninja on the iBooks store. (I’d put a link, but they don’t really work!)
Oh dear! Does it looks like I’m trying to sell you something :-)