Lately I have been listening to the story Robinson Crusoe. It’s a classic work that I wanted to read on the train but since English language books are so big and heavy, I could not. Instead I downloaded the audio book for free!
After a certain amount of years pass after an author dies, their work enters the public domain. This mean the copyright has ended. Copyright is something you can get from the government saying that a work is yours and you deserve to get paid for it when people buy it. You can pass the copyright onto your family or whoever in your will, but once the copyright ends and your work enters public domain, anyone can have the text for free and reprint it and sell it as they like. Many classics are in the public domain. That is why you can read or listen to them for free, if you look!
The website I use is Librivox.org
. There are many books read aloud there, so please look for something that interests you. TAKE NOTE that most books that are old enough to be in the public domain use some older English and are a little more difficult than modern English. However, just relax- as long as you understand the general idea, you can get the story. My first classical books took me some time to read, but once I finished it, all afterwards were much easier, and now I can listen to Robinson Crusoe and understand!
PS: Here are some stories I suggest:
EASY KIDS BOOKS
Works by Beatrix Potter
Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories
The Real Mother Goose
Poems Every Child Should Know
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Secret Garden
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow