War and Peace in 10 minutes a day

January 21, 2009

A very cool service I recently discovered (hat tip possibly to @mdash but I’m not sure) is dailylit.com, which chops books into quickly digestible chunks and emails them to you (you can subscribe via RSS too) on whatever schedule you request: every weekday morning, for instance.

I’d been meaning to reread War and Peace for ages, but really, when do you get around to that kind of thing? Now I get a piece emailed to me every evening and I’ll be done by the end of the year. A long time to read a book, sure, but it’s in a few minutes a day, not several hours every week or two. Plus, it’s War and Peace.

Daily Lit offers classics (i.e. pre-copyright) for free and charges for newer books—about $3 to $7, it looks like. It’s an interesting business model and a creative (yet quite old-fashioned, I suppose, if you ask Dickens) way to repackage books.


2 Responses to “War and Peace in 10 minutes a day”

  1. Tara Says:

    I’m going to do a little test and see if I can get through Anna Karenina via email!

  2. D. B. Scott Says:

    Be careful that, reading a bit each day you don’t suffer the reverse of Woody Allen’s experience. He said he took a speed reading course and was able to read War and Peace in 10 minutes. “It’s about Russia.”

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