Some of you are familiar with the Lit2Go website and some of you are familiar with Lit2Go on USF’s iTunes U site. So, why is Lit2Go content offered in two different locations? Why would you go to one or the other? I’m glad you asked! (If you’re not sure what Lit2Go is, scroll down and I’ll explain it below the fold!)
The Lit2Go website includes several different ways to sort the collection. There are directories by author, by title, and special subject area directories. In addition, you can search the collection by title, author, keyword, or reading level. Each audio file has it’s own web page which includes a printable version of the text, a brief abstract, and other information about the piece. Many of the pages also include lesson ideas. Advantages: Many ways to locate a book or author. Lots of supporting information and materials for each chapter of every book. PDF and MP3 versions of each chapter available from the same page. Disadvantages: You have to visit a separate page to download each chapter of a book.
USF on iTunes U includes a beautiful section of Lit2Go audio books. For the most part, all of the same books, stories, poetry, and non-fiction texts appear on both the website and iTunes U, although some files are grouped differently in each place. In iTunes U, each Lit2Go book appears as a separate collection. With one click, you can download MP3 files for an entire book. iTunes also allows you to easily transfer downloaded audio books to your iPod, iPad, or iPhone. Advantages: Easy to download entire books. Easy to synch with mobile devices. Disadvantages: Limited options for viewing and sorting the entire Lit2Go collection. Text versions and support materials are not present.
What is Lit2Go?
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in audio and text formats. It was created and is maintained by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida College of Education. The collection includes classic works by authors such as Mark Twain, Beatrix Potter, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, and many others.
Right now, we are experimenting with new delivery formats for the collection, including ePub. Watch this space for future developments!