Sunday, July 15, 2007

"I don't have time to read," part two

Yes, I'm still on my crusade to make people realize they do have time to read - more time than they think. They get through dozens if not scores of emails per day, right? What if one of those emails were a short installment of a book they'd always wanted to read but hadn't gotten around to yet?

Check out this cool site: www.dailylit.com

For now the books are limited to what is in the public domain (or available under Creative Commons licenses). I am new to the site and am still familiarizing myself with all it offers, but apparently the books are available via email or RSS feed, work with many electronic devices, and it is all free. Each book has its own discussion forum, but you must register to access the forums. Email delivery, etc., is available without registration.

There are lots of alluring choices, despite copyright limitations, from E. Nesbit's The Enchanted Castle and Kipling's Kim (two of my personal favorites) to Virgil's Aeneid, Defoe's Moll Flanders, Bronte's Wuthering Heights and the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe.

It might take a few months to get through a book, depending on how many installments you get through per day, but still, it's better than not getting through the book at all, right? And I'd be willing to bet that at a certain point, readers might just go pick up the book and tear through the rest of it, too impatient to wait to find out how it all turns out. I'm going to pick one, just for fun, to see how I like it. The hardest part will be deciding which one to start out with!

(You can find part 1 of my "I don't have time to read" high-horse rant here.)

9 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading your post. You have a very nice blog;)

    I hope you will find the time to visit mine too
    http://beygale.blogspot.com/

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  2. that's awesome! i might have to sign up. especially if it has a bunch of PD books i should've read in high school, but didn't want to because of scholastic expectations. (i hated kittens for years because of social expectations. ... that's just the kind of rebel i am!) way to keep up the crusade!

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  3. Thanks for stopping by, Din - hope to see you again soon!

    And Molly - you are a true iconoclast. :-)

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  4. What a great site! Everyone has time to read...some people just don't know it ;)

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  5. I love the idea behind Dailylit. I find that it works better for me with short stories and poems, though - things that I can read in one go without being left wondering what happens next.

    I'm new to your blog, but I'm been really enjoying exploring it. It seems that we have somewhat similar taste in books, especially when it comes to fantasy and folk and fairy tales. I will certainly be paying you more visits in the future :)

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  6. Chris - you are right - some people really don't know it. Putting books in the form of email, which you think will take a few minutes to read, but then you end up getting sucked into it for an hour - is a great idea!

    Nymeth - thanks for visiting my blog. I do love fantasy and fairy/folktales. I look forward to seeing you again!

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  7. excellent suggestion! Take that "I don't have time to read" excuses!

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  8. a friend of my brothers complained once of "not having time to read".. my brother wanted him to read the Harry Potter books (this was back when only 4 were out) What my brother did next was "genius"! He handed his friend the first HP book and said, "put it in your bathroom and each time you "sit down" read a chapter!".. he was joking of course, however..... his friend read ALL the HP books ! ..in the bathroom!

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  9. I love it! Having time is all in how you look at things, isn't it?

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