Daily Lit

20 Apr

Emails can be very boring. Of course, I’m not talking about the wonderful emails my friends send, the odd forwards my step-dad sends, or the 10 million newsletters I seemed to have signed up to in the past… well, let me rephrase: work emails can be very boring.

Which is why I love Daily Lit, a site that allows you to read books in very small chunks via email. You look like you’re working and checking your email, but you’re really catching up on your chick lit! Or your philosophy texts! Or your Greek drama! Or whatever it is you want to read!*

Sign up to Daily Lit immediately, son.It works like this: you give them your email address, then choose what you want to read from their catalogue, how often you want to receive the book instalments, and how long you want the instalments to be. Then you just sit back and wait for all the wonderful words to make their way into your inbox. (You can also subscribe through RSS, if you’re that way inclined.) Best of all, if you’ve finished that day’s instalment and can’t wait for the next one, you can get it sent to you straight away.

Although most of the books are in the public domain or are available through the Creative Commons license, they’re adding newer books and short stories all the time. I’ve already finished one story – review to come shortly – and am about to start on Alice Munro’s Fiction.

So, internet nerds who also love reading, have at it!

*I’ve also signed up with my personal email, which is easier to check on my phone. It’s great when you’re stuck somewhere with nothing to read and it’s not your turn on Words with Friends. By the way, IS IT your turn? It must be, I’m always waiting…

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4 Responses to “Daily Lit”

  1. aims April 21, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Amazing!! How did I not know about this, signing up today.

  2. Kristen K April 22, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Sounds awesome! Just signed up.

  3. M.J. Hearle April 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    I’m not sure I’m into this idea. Most books have a specific rhythm that might not translate well if they’re reduced to email sized chunks. I’ll give it a go though.

    • literatechicken April 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      Well, sure, it’s not the BEST way to read a book. But it’s better than nothing!

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