Just shoot me now. If I don’t get to an email within the first 25 minutes, it’s likely to get pushed further an further down the list and lost. Can you imagine that happening with book chapters? Actually, that might not be a bad idea, given some of the flab I’ve read lately. It would just have to be the right chapters. I think we got an email from these dailylit people the other day in fact… I seem to remember seeing it go by while thinking, I should really open that.
The suggestion seems to be that reading is a chore, something to be planned for rather than enjoyed in a free moment. But surely the day is full of potential moments to open a book: waiting for a bus, over lunch, in bed… and now, in the workplace. Dailylit.com puts paid to the excuse about not finding time for good books; now the books come to you, as daily morsels in your inbox. Over 800 books have been divided into bite-size pieces to be emailed to you every day. The books are complete editions and each instalment takes just a few minutes to read – as much time as it takes to update your Facebook profile.
The American site evolved out of the founders’ realisation that they were spending hours each day on the internet but struggled to find time to read. Further inspiration came when the New York Times serialised classic novels and they found they enjoyed incorporating reading into their daily routine.