The Library of Congress officially launched Read.gov to coincide with the 2009 National Book Festival. The site is a revamp of the literacy.gov Web site, and promotes lifelong literacy and related programs at the Library. The new site features:
Move through a book page-by-page (forward or backwards) by simply clicking on the page you’re currently viewing. The LC Book Reader also allows you to see facing pages, go directly to a specific page, zoom (in and out), and view the book in “scroll” mode. At the moment, books are available in two categories: Teens and Kids.
Some of the titles available today are The Raven, A Christmas Carol, A Wonder-Book for Girls & Boys (Teens) and The Baby’s Own Aesop, Baseball ABC, Denslow’s Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose Finger Plays, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and The Wonders of a Toy Shop (Kids).
The “Exquisite Corpse Adventure” works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has written the first episode, which is “pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading!” He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end.
Every two weeks there will be a new episode (for a total of 26) and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now.