Shakespeare: free and high-tech with RM Books

With Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations in prospect (he would have been 449 next Tuesday) and news of the launch of Shakespeare Week, which aims to inspire primary school children to develop a lifelong love of the bard, it seems his permanence in the school curriculum is assured.  But, did you know that RM Books provides access to Shakespeare’s complete works for free?  It costs nothing for schools to sign up to RM Books ( where they can access over 1,000 classic literature titles for free. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Beatrix Potter, E. Nesbit and Lewis Carroll are just some of the heavy hitters keeping Mr S company, and their works can either be read online or downloaded to any internet enabled device.

As well as the plays themselves RM Books offers a number of companion titles to help students get the most out of their Shakespearean studies. From as little as £2.40 for a year’s rental, the Globe Education Shakespeare Series from Hodder Education and Shakespeare’s Tragedies from Education Britannica (£2.65 for a 30 day rental) provide excellent additional resources to support and extend learning.

Alan Hodgin, Head of RM Books, attended the launch of Shakespeare Week (sadly, Education Secretary Michael Gove was a no-show but the event went ahead nonetheless), “The learning resources developed for Shakespeare Week are fantastic for primary school children.  When it’s time to move on the plays themselves, RM Books offers a free and easy way to access them.  We know most children prefer to read on a device and with RM Books they can access great literature from the 16th century in the way that suits children of the 21st.”

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