posted on July 25, 2011 by Jessica Cam Wong
I admit it. I check my email inbox way more than I should in any given day. I can’t seem to shake the behavior, yet I can’t find time to sit down and read a good, not-for-school book. That’s why I’m smitten with the concept behind DailyLit.
For the uninitiated, DailyLit is a brilliant service that helps you read books by email or RSS. You basically choose a book, how often you want your emails to be delivered and how large the installments should be. You can change your settings anytime. You can even suspend the delivery if you’re going on vacation, and resume your reading when you’re back.
DailyLit offers lots of titles that are on the public domain, like Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, and other popular classics books. DailyLit also works with sponsors and publishers to make select contemporary works available for free. Here are a few titles that you should totally check out this summer!
With the permission of Kogan’s publisher, DailyLit is able to offer selected essays from Lisa Kogan’s book, which is a hilarious account on contemporary living, single motherhood and more. Who is Lisa Kogan exactly? She’s a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine, with a tremendous wit and lots of unique stories. Her book has gotten 4.5 stars as rated by 34 customers on Amazon, while the collection of selected chapters on DaillyLit has gotten 4.5 stars from an average of 16 ratings. This funny, poignant item is the reason that brought this MakeUseOf article to life – I actually look forward to getting the installments from DailyLit in my email inbox. There are 20 installments, which are bound to make you laugh.
Fetching Raymond is one of the 7 unrelated short stories that comprises Grisham’s 2009 book, Ford Conty: Stories. This tale deals with a woman who visits her brother who’s been locked away on death row for more than a decade. DailyLit offers this contemporary short story on 13 free installments.
This self-help, management book is currently rated 4.5 stars from 10 reviews on DailyLit and 4.5 stars as well from 28 reviews on Amazon. Unlike the previous two items on this list, which were extended excerpts, this book is offered in full at DailyLit in 164 installments. Even the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People says you will learn lots from this book, in particular if you’re looking to improve your business (either as a boss or employee). Additional self-help/management books include The Boostrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin and The 50th Law by 50 Cent (yes, the rapper) and Robert Greene.
DailyLit offers 15 recipes from celebrity chef Emeril’s full book, which is available on Amazon. Though this series doesn’t contain pictures, it is certainly timely for the summer. You can get this delivered to your inbox (or get the RSS feed) in 15 installments. Check out additional books in this genre here.
Fred Wilson is a venture capitalist who’s known for sharing advice in his blog. He started sharing concepts he learned in business school every week on Monday on his blog, giving birth to this series, which is available on DailyLit in 51 installments. This might be a good read for those of us that want to understand the investment jargon, applying a buy and hold strategy, etc.
This sci-fi book consists of 12 short stories, and has earned 4.5 stars both on the DailyLit community and on Amazon. The Canadian author has released the book under a Creative Commons license so he also offers the book in several different mobile-friendly formats, as well as the audiobook on his website. If you’re into the futuristic, sci-fi genre, you should definitely check this book out.
There are probably plenty of other contemporary titles that I couldn’t possibly all list in this article, but if you know of one, feel free to share it in the comments!
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