|Book of the Month|
|A Little Book of English |
Once upon a time, books were carefully typed on single, precious manuscripts by authors and mailed as a bulky package to the publisher. Eventually the book would be printed, and if a buyer could not go the the bookshop to obtain the book personally, a lengthly correspondence would result in a cheque going into the post, and in the fullness of time, a book coming back the other way. Now let's do the same thing in the digital era. The author gives a link to the online web repository where the book is stored, and the publisher edits it there. Within weeks - not months or years - the book is formatted, and uploaded to an online bookstore. And if you want this book, you can be reading it on your digital reader five minutes after following this link. www.amazon.co.uk/A-little-Book-English-ebook.
Indeed, we live in interesting times. And as this book points out, English is changing with the times. In fact the original source of this book was a blog - something else which has only recently come into being as a child of the internet. This was 'The Prof's English Blog' a popular area on this site in which a writer and EFL teacher known as 'the Prof' muses on changes to the English Language, occasionally vents his frustration at how poorly English is used, and comments, approvingly or otherwise, on new uses of English as they appear. Etymology (the origin of words), the rebus (word abbreviations and pictograms such as emoticons), contemporary slang, and the (mis)use of English by the media have all at various times been noted and commented upon.
Who is this book for? Anyone who has an interest in the English Language, whether as a teacher, student or simply an everyday user. All will find provocative ideas and interesting trivia in the various articles. Certainly it will help to improve your English, but the main intent is to describe and inform in a light, entertaining manner. Both the price and immediate availability over the internet make this the perfect book to download and read alongside a drink in your local coffee shop.
|Verdict: Welcome to reading in 2012!
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