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Get Parents Reading Aloud

"Bedtime Story by C.Gull" by SpectreOfShades via DeviantArtOne In Five Parents Cannot Read Aloud” [London Evening Standard Thursday 9th June 2011]

From the Evening Standard’s Get London Reading campaign:

One in five London parents has such poor literacy skills they cannot read a bedtime story to their children.

The National Literacy Trust report that 370,000 mothers and fathers are not confident enough to read aloud – significantly reducing their child’s chances of learning to read. …

Check Out One Book Per Month On Amazon Kindle Lending Library

Image: Steaci Library by Raysonho@Open Grid Scheduler, Wikimedia CommonsE-books may not kill off the lending library after all; at least for Amazon Kindle owners.

Amazon’s recently announced Kindle Owners’ Lending Library will allow Kindle users to check out one e-book a month from the library to be returned without buying. Which all sound fine until you get to the small print.

The service is only available for Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay $79/year and it will only work on Kindle devices – a Kindle app on a smartphone doesn’t count. The service is limited to one book per month and is controlled by Amazon’s Digital Rights Management, so when you ‘return’ your library book it is deleted from your device. …