Read a book over e-mail

I may be late to the game on this one, but I have found DailyLit.com and am in love. What’s DailyLit? Here’s the answer from their website:

… if you are like us, you spend hours each day reading email but don’t find the time to read books. DailyLit brings books right into your inbox in convenient small messages that take less than 5 minutes to read. This works incredibly well not just on your computer but also on a Treo, Blackberry, Sidekick or whatever the PDA of your choice. In the words of Dr. Seuss: Try it, you might like it! (Oops — it would appear that the actual quote from Green Eggs and Ham is “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may.”)

If you get caught in a really good part of a book, you can send a message to DailyLit for them to immediately forward you the next installment. They also have a RSS fee alternative if you prefer to get your reading sections in that format. All questions about the free service can be found on their FAQ page.

Services like DailyLit and Audible are fantastic ways to keep up your reading habit without having to clutter up your home with physical books. Happy reading!

10 Comments for “Read a book over e-mail”

  1. posted by t-mag on

    I think I’m in love.

  2. posted by Lulu on

    I LOVE DAILYLIT …AND ERIN & UNCLUTTERER for bringing this info to me and all of us closer to a paperless society. I signed up for 3 books one on F.L.Wright, autobio of Ben Franklin and the Daily Quotes. This is an awesome use of technology. I will be “reading-guilt” free.

    Thank you

  3. posted by Jennifer on

    Check out your local library too. Our’s offers free access to over 19,000 titles. Woo hoo!

  4. posted by O on

    Thanks a bunch for pointing this out. It sounds like a great idea, and I just subscribed to 1 book.

  5. posted by Paul on

    I’ve noticed a few people bring up the library every time someone posts a new way of dealing with book clutter. The fact is that not everyone has the time to get to the library. It seems to me that if signing up for one of these services helps reduce the clutter and fits into their lifestyle then it’s a perfect solution. And if library also works for them then that’s good too. Its all about de–cluttering and still being able to live the life you want. At least this is how I see it.

  6. posted by Erin at Unclutterer on

    @O and @Paul —

    My assumption is that most people already know about the library. When we’re developing post ideas, we usually look for new angles on things that people already know about or to try to introduce new ways of doing things. As of right now, I don’t know of any library hacks to help people utilize their libraries differently than they already do. DailyLit, on the other hand, is a new way to read a book, so it gets a post. I don’t mind that people bring up libraries in the comments, they are good services–They just won’t make their own post until I learn of a sweet library hack or new service. I don’t know if that made sense or not, but I hope that it did 🙂

  7. posted by Karen on

    My assumption when they mentioned the library was that most now have titles you can download to read on your pc from your home. You don’t even have to go to your library to do it, you just need a valid card. And still no book clutter.

  8. posted by Paul on

    Perhaps my first comment came out sounding wrong, didn’t want to decry the library idea and the post. Just wanted to highlight why such services can be useful in de–cluttering in situations where the library may not be practical. It’s all good of course, library or the net services or a combination of all the options. Obviously most people have grown up knowing an probably using the library, which is why I think these posts are a great idea for exposing services that people may not be aware of. I used to go to the library a lot as a kid and student and still would if I hadn’t moved to Switzerland. Consequently I am constantly on a lookout for better ways to deal with the book clutter, which is becoming difficult to manage. So the post is obviously appreciated.

  9. posted by verily on

    This won’t replace a library, obviously, but it is a fantastic way to get someone reading when they think they have no time. I find DailyLit really handy for reading those classics you know you ought to read but would never get around to actually reading. I’m working through Emma as we speak (always avoided Austen in the past).

    Actually, libraries ought to get on the bandwagon since many of them are embracing the electronic book project. The DailyLit model could easily be adapted for their use.

  10. posted by Richard on

    Green Eggs and Ham (since you mentioned it) is pretty uncluttered itself: “The vocabulary of the text consists of just fifty different words, of which 49 are monosyllabic.” (Wikipedia)

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