When you see articles written about programs that are aimed at bringing literacy to kids in the poorer parts of the world, there is always an emphasis on those kids who say that as a result of having been given books to read, they intend to become lawyers, or doctors or some similar in order to improve the lot of their nation, friends, school mates and so on.
I am sure that a lot of these kids do say this, and that some of them even manage to go on to actually follow one or other of those professions and some might even do their fellow citizens some good as well. I also believe that the great majority will do no such thing, but will simply live much as their forefathers did.
The reality of life in a smallish rural African village is that your future life is pretty much decided before you are even born by who your parents happen to be, and as with us in the West, the great majority of kids will grow up to continue to live much as their forefathers did
But the real change that reading programs such as Worldreader (an extremely good and successful example of such programs) bring about is that they introduce these kids to the world of books, opening up their imaginations, showing them that there is so much more to the world than the relatively narrow world of their village or small town.
In this interview on Public Service TV, John Risher – one of the founders of Worldreaderdiscusses and explains the birth of this amazing and successful scheme to fight illiteracy in the world.
Worldreader has the immodest – but achievable aim – of ending illiteracy completely all over the world, and thus bring the joys and benefits of reading to hundreds of millions of people who currently either cannot read, or have no access to books of any sort.
If you have read any of my earlier reports about Worldreader, you will know that I am not being stupid when I state that it is an achievable aim – In a matter of only a couple of years operation they are now working in 7 countries, and it is spreading all the time, so give them another 10 or 20 years, and you will certainly find an outpost of Worldreader somewhere high up in the Pamir mountain range, and happy Uighur kids with their noses deep in whatever the type of ereader that will be current then.
And given the sad way in which the West is also travelling, I wouldn’t be surprised to find them working in Detroit or Sydney as well.
The Business of Editing is the ideal ebook for anyone who might be thinking about becoming a book editor, written by Rich Adin who has some 30 years of book editing behind him, and who really knows his stuff when it comes to how a book should be edited, from obscure aspects of the use of apostrophes to how best to cope with ridiculously long sentences – This last is something I could use, given as I am to long and wandering sentences in my writing.
I have to admit at once that I have not read this ebook in its book form, but have actually read it all over the last few years as this book is made up of the dozens of highly interesting and useful posts that he has been posting on his blog (An American Editor). Obviously those posts have been rewritten to make them into a coherent book, but all the points covered in the book have already been well discussed on his blog.
It is that time of year again… Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come around once more and all manner of online shops are offering you all sorts of goodies for seriously reduced prices yet again… So here is a small round up of some of the things and suppliers that might be of interest to you:
Obviously Amazon is in there with a shout, so follow this link to see all the wonderful things they have for you.
The other day I came across this rather neat and versatile holder/support for devices such as ereaders, Tablets and iPads.
It seems to me to combine both simplicity and functionality and looks fun too.
The images here explain it as well as I could, so i shall simply say that it is tough, cheerful, does exactly what it claims to do and does that well. The only downside of it as far as I am concerned is that it is rather large to be easily carted around in your pocket, so it is more a briefcase or home gadget, but that aside, it is great.