The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1908  Saturday, 19 November 2005

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Saturday, November 19, 2005
Subject: 	2b?Ntb?

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 
something else.

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.


Published: 2005/11/17 14:52:12 GMT

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