Have you heard of DailyLit or DripRead? I’ve only been using their services for about a month now, but I’m hooked and I’m telling everyone about both sites, which are similar but different… (not associated with either site in any way, just a fan)
Both sites send you a small part of a book each day by email. Why would you want to read a book slowly, by email? Well… two reasons, really. It’s great for casual readers like my husband, who may only read six books a year. This is a way for him to “sneak” in an extra couple of reads a year, without even realizing it. By only reading a few minutes at a time, you can squeeze that into your schedule easily enough, and before you know it, you’ve finished a book.
I’m using it for that reason, but also because let’s face it, some books are harder to get through then others. I’ve tried to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens countless times… probably at least ten times, and I just can’t do it. It’s not that it’s HARD or BORING or anything really… I just can’t get beyond the first few pages. I’ve already read a couple of chapters without event trying. It’s awesome. This is a great way for me to reach my “50 classic books in five years” challenge without even trying, and without using time that could be better spent in reading review books.
DailyLit is just for classical books, but you can set up how often you want to receive your book, if you want the section to be short (1000 words), medium (2000 words) or long (3000 words), and what time of the day you want the email to show up. I have five books set up to read with them: A Tale of Two Cities (a short part every day), Jack and Jill by Louise May Alcott (my favorite classic as a kid, or one of anyway; it’s SO much fun rereading this one; a long part every part); the Counte of Monte Cristo (I read this one years ago and loved it, but I think I might have read an abridged version because I’m really struggling with it this time; I’m reading a short part just a couple times a week); the Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (a book I always wanted to read; I’m greatly enjoying this one too; I’m reading a medium length part a couple of times a week). I just added the Time Machine by HG Wells this week, but haven’t gotten a part yet.
I like Daily Lit because you can customize each book by how often you receive it and the length of the parts, which is really great for the books that you are struggling to read. Unfortunately, the more I use their service, I’m finding it’s very buggy. Every time you adjust the length of your part, or change which days you want to receive a book part, it seems it takes a week for you to start receiving parts again!
DripRead is similar, but you can’t customize when to receive your books or the size of the installment – it automatically just sends a part every day. Unlike Daily Lit, however, once you are done reading a part, you can have them send you the next part right away if you want, which is great if you discover you have an extra few minutes to read. DripRead also lets you upload ANY epub book, and it’ll send you the book automatically, bit by bit, every day. Review books, anyone? Yes, it’s going to take you a long time to read a book this way, depending on the length, but as I keep saying, it’s so easy to sneak a couple of extra books onto your “read” pile this way! I’m reading three books through DripRead and most likely will be uploading a few review books this week since I’ve been taking on so many lately: I’m reading a Cricket on the Hearth (I have to admit, I’m bored to pieces with it, but it’s easy to get through with just a few minutes a day. It’s so short, I’m almost done without realizing it); the Island of Doctor Moreau (another classic I always wanted to read), and a book I found on the site called Deathworld by Harry Harrison, which so far I’m enjoying.
Do you use either site? What do you think? How do you find time to sneak in those extra books?