Question of the Week #17: Why do you DailyLit?
I started DailyLit because I wanted a way to enrich my life in just a few minutes day in between running from work and helping my kids with their homework. I was wondering what drew you to DailyLit and how it’s affected your life.
I HAD SEEN IT MENTIONED IN A MAGAZINE (COSMO OR HALLMARK MOST LIKELY.) THAT IT WAS A WONDERFUL WAY TO GET SOME TIME TO RELAX. I HAVE READ MANY TITLES AT THIS POINT. STARTING WITH A DAILY LIT TOUR OF 25 GREATEST TV SHOWS. WHICH WAS QUITE ENTERTAINING. I HAVE NOW READ THE IDEAL HUSBAND, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, DAILY LIT WINE 101, DAILY LIT TOUR FOOTBALL GREATS AND AM CURRENTLY READING PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I WOULDNT HAVE THE TIME TO SIT AND READ SUCH FINE LITERATURE AT HOME SINCE I HAVE A 13 YR OLD AND A 3 YR OLD DAUGHTER(S) THAT OCCUPY THE BULK OF MY TIME AT HOME. SO I GET AN INSTALLMENT AT WORK, DURING LUNCH BREAK (SOMETIMES I SNEAK THEM IN A FEW TIMES A DAY) I READ AND ESCAPE. IT HAS BEEN GREAT. I LOVE THIS SITE AND LOVE THE CONTENT. I JUST HOPE THAT YOU CONTINUE TO ADD NEW CONTENT...SO I CAN CONTINUE TO READ IT. THANKS...WONDERFUL IDEA!!!
Mar 16, 2009 12:16 pm
I found DailyLit through a list of 10 best websites, from a link from the MSN homepage. I browse many of these lists and I usually check out about 75% of the websites depending on whether or not the description appeals to me. I was somewhat skeptical about using the site since I do love reading actual books, but because of this site I'm a lot more open to e-books.
I would have to say it hasn't affected my life in any real drastic way, but it's definitely has changed me. I've read books that I wouldn't normally read, such as Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. I'm also pleasantly pleased to know that I can recognize more authors and pieces of literature now than I was able to do before.
I hope that DailyLit continues to add more books and continues to stay a free site. I love the idea of DailyLit and I love being able to use it without paying.
Mar 16, 2009 6:56 pm
I cannot remember how I found the site as I joined so early (Although my profile says Jan 2007 I actually joined in Sep 2006). Susan, can you remember what your early press was that I might have seen?
I was drawn to the site because I knew there were books that I wanted to read but would never be able to make it through if I sat down with one. That is why I started reading Moby Dick as my first book.
I spend most of my day programming in front of a computer and so it is easier for me to take a 5 minute break than find some quiet time to sit down with a book.
The site has opened me up to a lot more literature than I might ever have read otherwise and I also like that there is a like-minded community of literate people that I can also discuss them with.
Mar 17, 2009 9:31 am
I saw it mentioned in Redbook and thought it was a great way to read some of the classics that I have wanted to read. I like to save up a few in a row and then sit down and read them all at once. I love how they are little "chunks" of literature, you are not overwhelmed. I've recommended the site to many friends.
Mar 17, 2009 3:00 pm
Hmm. I think I may have heard about DailyLit in my alma mater's paper, The Link. It's a great way to divide up huge books like Anna Karenina or War and Peace into manageable chunks and feel like you're making progress.
Mar 18, 2009 4:20 pm
I too learned about DailyLit from the MSN homepage last year and thought it was an awesome idea ! I think it's great that I can read classics right from my email and that basically means I can read from anywhere without having to carry any books with me. Getting them in small parts is also more encouraging for me and I find that I end up reading more that way !
Mar 18, 2009 6:48 pm
I tried twice to read "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" at different times, when I checked it out from my local library. Might have been a month or a year apart, I'm not sure. I'd given up both times because other books had gotten in the way and at the time, I hadn't really been feeling what Cory Doctorow was offering. Then I found out it was available for free online, somehow came upon this site to read it, and got hooked.
Mar 18, 2009 7:31 pm
Oh, and I'm reading Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom for the second time. I was born and raised Disney, so that's part of it (when I was growing up, my family and I lived so close to the area that we went to Walt Disney World every weekend and sometimes during the week just for dinner), and also how accessible Doctorow makes his brand of science fiction. I'm even thinking of buying a physical copy, which always happens when I find myself going back to a book either online or from the library two or three times more.
Mar 18, 2009 7:33 pm
It's great to hear how DailyLit has been working for all of you. @cresswga, I'm not sure which early press you may have seen -- DailyLit was featured in DailyCandy quite early on; could that have been it?
Mar 18, 2009 8:43 pm
by susandanziger (admin)
I was actually sitting in a cafe somewhere while trying to read a play by moliere on my blackberry from Project Gutenberg when someone, who is nosier than most, asks me if I'm reading that day's installment of DailyLit. Of course, I had no idea what that was, and he introduced me to it. Now, instead of the daunting task of trying to get through large works of literature on small PDA's, I've got these bite-sized chunks of managable reading that ends up working much better than trying to motivate yourself to get through x number of Blackberry Wheel Scrolls before you're done.
And because I do have more time than most, I've been able to actually increase how much I read, and put my rusted Frech major to the test with a french language book with a definite goal, and a definite plan to achieve the goal.
Mar 19, 2009 8:12 am
I am not familiar with that site Susan so it shall have to remain a mystery unless it comes to me. Thanks anyway.
Mar 19, 2009 4:17 pm
I have absolutely no clue how I found DailyLit. I used it for a while, but wondered away, and only recently wandered back. I love mini-reading updates to my inbox, and the ability to slowly read through some classics I haven't ever been able to finish.
Mar 19, 2009 5:15 pm
Someone recommended it to me through bookarmy.com, and I tried it out. Now I'm hooked and never leaving!
Mar 20, 2009 7:55 am
Some people became very poor, some - fabulously rich&others just stay in the middle, between the both extremities of startling poverty&criminal luxury of a few ones on the background of a cultural disaster blown up as a biological grenade among Russian speaking population. The change of social formation's shifted us from the summit of mild socialism into the bottomless depths of wild capitalism. Such experiments are not less harmful than any bloody revolution&according to Aristotel we clearly see our govermental officials as tools of organized violence upon a single person who has internally remained Soviet in spirit&isn't able to feed by exploiting the human resources in his or her isolation inside the membrane of richness in order to hide from evils of the social inequality's realm. This site's precious as a tribune which unmasks ugly faces of modern invasion of globalization into our peaceful life shown by Russian classics via English translation many years ago.
Mar 20, 2009 8:29 am
I am having on of those lifetimes where time has accelerated. There are so many books I want to read, need to read, but I tend to be a time hoarder when I read. It is really hard to just read a little bit here or there on the fly. I end up becoming engrossed and miss something else. When I discovered Dailylit through a Buzzagent program, I knew this could help me read more in a responsible sort of way.
Mar 20, 2009 9:33 am
I use dailylit from my mobile phone. The installments are delivered to my phone's email address at various time during the day, and I read on my lunchbreak at work. I love it, especially the wikipedia tours! Thanks for making this site! Oh, and the free books by John Kerry and Tom Peters were great. I would love to see more of that
Mar 20, 2009 11:36 am
I found DailyLit in the BzzAgent Frogpond just a few weeks ago. I started with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and after completing that started Jane Eyre, which is the current selection of my book club. Even though I'm a stay-at-home mom, I have a hard time getting to the library. Well, not so much getting there, but being able to peruse at my leisure is just not happening right now- my children are one and two years old and once we get through the doors of the library keeping books on the shelves and not thrown all over the floor seems to be my sole occupation. So for now- DailyLit just rocks for me!!!
Mar 20, 2009 10:38 pm
I can not remember how I discovered DailyLit, but I am glad I did. I sometimes did not allow myself to read because I can obsess on a book and not get stuff done - or I just let the book collect dust. With DL I pretty much stick with one or two installments a day - and it's right there in my e-box. It really is genius if you think about it. Thanks, Susan! I tell all my friends about DailyLit.
Mar 23, 2009 5:46 am
My book club goes on it once in a while.
Mar 23, 2009 9:26 am
I had discovered DailyLit inadvertently when talking to Susan about a local education issue. When I actually started reading in the past weeks, I had forgotten that she had been the source for this very enjoyable connection. I was pulled back in at the prospect of rereading Poe, which was irresistable. Having just finished the "Tell-Tale Heart," I am delighted that I am being forced back into the classics in such an easy way. We all seem to have enormously complicated lives with too many competing priorities, but a literary respite is so much more satisfying than watching a TV program. I do read current books when travelling, but this fills a slot in my more regular life, for which I am grateful.
Mar 23, 2009 9:39 am
I was drawn to it for the same reasons that inspired Susan to create it: I wanted to be able to read for a few minutes a day in between work and child-rearing. I also love the way it breaks up the books, especially the classics, into easy bites. I just don't have the attention span that I had before the kids!
Mar 23, 2009 1:34 pm
Having DailyLit online means I can read books wherever I am on my iPhone. Also, I can explore new authors and books. I didn't know Joseph Finder at all. I started reading Paranoia through DailyLit, then went and bought another of his titles. If I hadn't found Paranoia, I'd never have done that.
Aug 16, 2009 11:47 am
I'm finally "fully retired" and have time to read more. I use "DailyLit" in conjunction with a hardbound book from the library. This way, I don't have to be in front of the computer all the time. It really works out well. I'm looking forward to reading many books in this manner. Thank you "DailyLit".
Aug 26, 2009 7:56 am
I just started today, having found it in a list of best websites ... I find it convenient to have portions of the book delivered into your mobile phone, everyday... little by little, but in the end you happily finish a big book. It is funny that I -by chance- chose to begin with the book by Tom Peters: The little big things. I am thankful for this website... :-)
Mar 15, 2013 9:40 am
I find that DailyLit is both preventative-in that it prevents you from being overwhelmed by a book due to the size or complexity, while it also is an effective stimulant-it kinda forces you to continue to read the book. I receive one installment every day for 2 books (so I always have two books on the go), and I find that I have gotten through many books that I wouldn`t have been able to otherwise. I don`t generally turn to classic literature when looking for my next book to read, so it also pushes me to become better steeped in the classics (which I greatly enjoy, I just tend not to look for).
May 10, 2013 9:14 am