Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Finish that F'in Book Already

Continuing the theme from my last post about the video digestibility, I was just introduced to a service by Eric that take continuous media snacking into account...and given I haven't made it to the final page of a book in more than two months, should be right up my alley. (I hope.)

It's called DailyLit and true to its name, it provides literature in bite-sized quantity via email or RSS feed daily (or on the exact schedule you'd prefer, so you don't have to receive text on weekends for example). And to answer your next question, if you have more time you can receive the next installment (and more) on-demand.

According to the founders:

We created DailyLit because we spent hours each day on email but could not find the time to read a book. Now the books come to us by email. Problem solved.

I know Matt is going to wish he thought of this given this post of his detailing the challenge laid out and solved above. As someone who hates starting something and leaving it incomplete, such as the three books I'm stalled on right now—Sharp Teeth, 1776, and A New Earth—I thinking very seriously about browsing/signing up pronto.

Actually upon further investigation, I found this incredible idea/service they are providing free of charge: Book Reading Groups via Twitter. How sweet is that! And it's rare for me to quote something a CEO says for a press release but you really get the sense that DailyLit's Susan Danziger is sincere:
We’re interested in exploring new ways to make books more accessible to readers, and sending book installments via Twitter is an innovative way to do just that. I also love the idea of creating a group experience by having folks from different parts of the world read books according to the same schedule.

Very cool idea and very smart execution.


Seth said...

that's an F'ing AWESOME idea! Thanks for the tip.

Matt.Johnson said...

Love it. I just wish there was a way to start the twitter feed at the beginning of the book...

We'll see if I make the time to read the excerpt each time it pops up in my twitter feed. I'm giving myself a 50% chance