The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1908 Saturday, 19 November 2005
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2005
2b?Ntb? Shakespeare sent by text
Some of the world's most famous works of literature have been rewritten
as text messages so that students can read them quickly before exams.
The service, sent to phones, breaks long books down into a few lines to
make them easier to learn.
Amongst the works to get the text treatment are Shakespeare and Jane
Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
The scheme's backed by a top English professor who thinks it might
encourage young people to read more.
Making books fun
It was developed by student mobile service dot mobile. The professor who
helped them is Professor Sutherland from University College London.
He also judges a top writing competition.
He's hopeful that giving classics a modern twist will get more young
people reading them.
But author Oliver Kamm says he's worried it'll make kids lazy when it
comes to reading.
He said: "What I fear will happen with text versions of Shakespeare is
that students will be encouraged not to read the books but to settle for
And people don't need excuses not to read books. They don't read enough
as it is."
The texts will be available to students from January 2006.
Story from CBBC NEWSROUND:
Published: 2005/11/17 14:52:12 GMT
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