Wired for Books

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Wired for Books is an online educational project of the WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Created and produced by David Kurz, and launched on May 25, 1997, the website features author interviews, dramatic audio productions of classic literature, poetry readings, short stories, lectures, essays, and children's literature.[citation needed]

Nearly 700 uncut audio author interviews conducted by Don Swaim for his Book Beat show on CBS Radio are available at Wired for Books in their entirety. Original unabridged audio productions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz can be found at Wired for Books in streaming media as well as downloadable MP3 files. Essayists, fiction writers, and poets read their works, often with commentary. Kids' Corner, the children's section of Wired for Books, features the stories of Beatrix Potter and other classic stories for children.


In 1999, the website was awarded the Streamers WebSage Award from RealNetworks for the best educational use of streaming media.[1]

In 2004, Education World rated Wired for Books an A+.[2]

In 2006, Wired for Books was chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of the best online sites for education in the humanities,[3] and eTech Ohio presented the 2006 Program of the Year Award to Wired for Books as part of the Ohio Public Broadcasting Awards for Radio.[citation needed]

On November 20, 2007, Wired for Books was featured in PC Magazine‍ '​s "Best of the Internet" column.[4]


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