Tech Tip Tuesday: DailyLit
I like to read, it’s true. Many people assume that is why I became a librarian. Many people also assume, that as a librarian, I get to read books all the time. I do read a lot, but since becoming a librarian, I certainly don’t read as many books as I would like to. What I do read a lot of is email. DailyLit offers a way to combine the things you want to read with the thing you spend a lot of time reading already. Now you can read books an email at a time in three easy steps: find a book, enter your email, subscribe. You can determine what time you want to receive your installment.
I’ve been wanting to re-read Anna Karenina for a while now. I’ve started to a few times, but I never have enough time to get through it. Now I can schedule my readings an email at a time. The emails are kept short and only take 2-5 minutes to read. For example, Anna Karenina will come to you in 423 easy to read installments. War and Peace (another classic I need to read one of these days) will come to you in 663 easy installments.
At a library I used to work in, I used to grab a book before I got on the elevator because this particular elevator was prone to breaking down. With DailyLit, I don’t need to grab a book because I can read it on my phone. If you want to read more than one installment, you can just request the next one. I use Gmail, too, so I can label my emails and easily retrieve my books as well. Stuck in traffic? Waiting in line at the grocery store? In a never ending meeting?
Another plus is that it is completely free. The only negative (minor one) is that it does not have the selection of an Amazon or a Barnes&Noble, but it has enough offerings to keep you reading for a while. Especially in the classics. Perhaps now I can actually read all those classic novels that everyone expects me to have read already!