I love to read. I’ll admit I generally don’t read the Great Books much. Mostly I read for escapism or history, if can combine both, so much the better.

Right now I’m reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I read it as a child, but it still holds up a pleasant diversion as an adult. But I’m not really trying to discuss the book here, rather the way I’m reading it is the focus of this post.

Essentially it’s a site that allows you to read a bit of a book, many free, each day via email or an RSS feed. I managed to make it all the way through Moby Dick last year, something that had eluded me in the past.

Rather than try to describe the why of it, here’s a bit from their FAQ

1. Why read books by email?

Because 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.”)

Go read a book!


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