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This week's question was inspired by this list of the 100 Best Fictional Characters since 1900.
Who are your favorite fictional characters of all time?
@dhriti Unfortunately that book is too new to be freely (and legally) available. I'd suggest checking your local bookstore or library.
Thanks, everyone, for sharing your heroes! We loved reading about them. It was hard but we've picked our winners--here they are, in no particular order. Each winner will receive a signed copy of Heroes For My Son. Congrats!
“I learned to read, I learned to sing, I learned to share, and I learned to care…all at the knee of my blind and deaf grandfather. I learned to really look, take time to see, listen carefully and hear clearly. I learned that a 5-year old cannot sneak past her grandpa, no matter what his challenges and capabilities. I dedicate my doctoral work in education to my first and best teacher, my grandpa!”
The most heroic deed is not celebrated, not even known. Manifested everyday in common people who suffers in silence for their loved ones. No need to look far and beyond, just true and discover that heroes are amongst us, in each one of us!
My grandmother, a teacher and friend. A college-educated and working mother many years before the norm, her well-lived life was of joys and tragedies, memorable days and thousands more simply ordinary. She was a smart, funny, generous, imperfect woman who lived 97 years always looking forward to tomorrow.
Unlike most of our other books, we couldn't automatically convert our version of Leaves of Grass to HTML without losing the formatting. For now we have a plain text version available but we may have an HTML version available in the future.
It's one of my favorites too! Unfortunately it's not in the public domain so we can't make it available here.
June 21 is officially the first day of summer, so it seemed a perfect week to borrow a question first asked over at The New York Times.
"Summer reading, for all its suggestion of soft breezes and cheap thrills, can be an awfully fraught proposition. Sometimes you turn down the lights at the beach house or lakeside cabin only to discover that the genteel Italian travelogue or much-hyped cyber-thriller you’ve brought along is rather dull company."
Have you ever had an unexpected literary summer fling?
June 16 is Bloomsday, a celebration of Irish writer James Joyce during which people relive the events in his novel Ulysses, all of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904. Revelers often dress in Edwardian costume and retrace Ulysses hero Leopold Bloom's route around Dublin via landmarks such as Davy Byrne's pub.
Which character's path from which book would you like to retrace?
It looks like there are a couple copies available on Amazon here.
Unfortunately Scar Tissue is too new to be in the public domain (books need to have been published before 1923 in order to be available) so unfortunately we can't easily publish it on DailyLit. Maybe you could find other people who want to read it at the same time and form a book club to help keep you on track?
Thanks for sharing your recommendations, Xena13. If there are books that are categorized incorrectly let us know so we can fix them.
You can write us at support [at] dailylit [dot] com.
Sorry about that! The missing words are: "Dried-out, crusty mascara can be liquefied by running the sealed tube under hot water for five minutes. Please heed the three-month replacement rule on mascara. Swollen, infected eyes are not hot."
Thanks for this suggestion. Unfortunately this is a contemporary book that we can't make easily available, so if you (or other folks) are interested in reading it your best bet is probably to check out your local library or bookstore.
FragmentEarth: If you have a submission for us you can send it to us at support [at] dailylit [dot] com.
Our friends at book trade-blog GalleyCat asked this question a few weeks ago and we want to hear what you think. How would you merchandise your favorite book?
For instance, for Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad you might sell cigars, or random bones of random saints. Or for Moby Dick, a miniature white whale. Or this one from GalleyCat: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson): um, nothing that would be legal to sell."
Great to see a few of you are planning to read Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go--it's one of my favorite books. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I'm finishing up Wolf Hall right now and then plan to read The Matterhorn. Not sure what I'll check out after that.
Many students have summer reading assignments to complete. What's on your summer reading list?
We will check with our email support provider and have an answer for you soon.
There doesn't appear to be an English translation available online (nor is there a French one). It sounds like your best bet may be to check out your local library or bookstore.
This is "Robin Hood," the longer version.
We'll look into it.
You're right on both counts. We've made the corrections--thanks again for bringing them to our attention.
You're right. We have updated the answer key. Thanks so much for pointing out these corrections that need to be made--not sure what happened to introduce them but it's great to be able to make them right.
Inspired by Heroes For My Son, a collection of heroes put together by bestselling author Brad Meltzer, this month's Reader Challenge encourages you to share your own heroes. In 50 words or fewer, tell us why this person means so much to you. We'll select our three favorites, each of whom will receive a signed copy of Heroes For My Son. Be sure to post your hero here by June 6th at 11:59pm EST to be considered.
This week's question was influenced by the "Influential Books Game" in the New York Times. What are the books that have most influenced your life? As the challenge states, not your favorite books, nor the best books you've ever read, but the books that quickly came to mind--that your gut says have most powerfully influenced your life.
Thank you to everyone who participated! We've just announced the three winners on our blog. They are, in no particular order:
“Nobody looks at the bridesmaids’ feet.” In other words, don’t sweat the small stuff.
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” –Goethe
“He’s fine, and the car can be fixed.” My husband’s grandfather (the calmest person I ever met) said this to his daughter, who was about to scream at her son for backing his four-wheeler into her car. Now, whenever I feel myself getting angry over something small, I say to myself, “He’s fine, and the car can be fixed.” It’s a wonderful reminder of what’s really important in life.
Thanks again for sharing your words of wisdom, everyone!
We'll check it out.
Reader dreamdust wonders: Are there certain books that are better for discussion with a group? And certain ones that are best enjoyed alone? What are your favorite group and solitary reads?
Unfortunately that's not a book we can make available--it's protected by copyright. If you're interested in reading it probably best to check out your local library or bookstore.
Unfortunately this isn't a book we can make available. I'd suggest you check out your local library or bookstore.
We make reading lists public so people can share what they're reading and get ideas for what to read next from other folks. If you don't want to display your list, just go to your "settings" page, then click on "edit my profile," then uncheck the box that says "Show books I’m reading/have read on my Profile page."
John Scalzi is a sci fi author who we featured because Cory Doctorow recommends his work.
We heard from the publisher and you are correct: the answer to Activity B, Question 1 is A. We've updated the answer key. Thanks again for bringing it to our attention.
Xena13, are there particular sci fi/fantasty books or authors you would like to see on the site? (Remember, books published after 1922 are not in the public domain so we may not be able to make themavailable.) For now you could check out our Science Fiction Channel, where we're publishing short stories from Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and recommendations from Cory Doctorow.
During this week in 1925 T.S. Eliot got a job at Faber and Faber publishers. Lots of authors had "day jobs." What would you imagine your favorite author's day job to be? (And feel free to share real author day jobs if you know them.)
We heard back from our friends at Berlitz and you are right--the answer to activity B question 2 is "C." We've corrected the answer key. Our bad! Thanks for bringing this to our attention so we could get it fixed.
We'll check it out--thanks.
Are there other readers who'd be interested in seeing his work on DailyLit?
We're feeling inspired by Oprah Magazine's Words That Matter and want to know which words you live by. In just one sentence share the advice you'd like to pass on—to your children, your best friends, your family. We'll choose three of our favorites to win a copy of Words That Matter. Make sure to post your inspirational quote here no later than Friday, April 30th at 11:59pm EST to be considered.
Thanks for your feedback.
if you're reading primarily on your Gmail mobile app I'd suggest you change your subscriptions to plain text since, as you mentioned, Gmail mobile doesn't properly format HTML. You can do that by logging in to DailyLit, clicking on "Settings," then "Manage," then "More" next to the book you're reading. Scroll down and change the installment format to plain text.
Since our readers use a wide variety of clients we use the subject line that is the clearest in terms of telling folks where they are in the book. I read in Gmail too, and rather than relying on threading, I actually use the labels/filters system to keep my installments together. you might try that to keep your installments organized.
We recently launched DailyLit books on Tumblr, a cool blogging platform. You can read (and share) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Art of War, or Emily Dickinson's Poems on Tumblr.
Our question for you is this: what should we call these books on Tumblr? Normal Tumblr blogs are called Tumblogs. So, should we go with Tumblooks? Tumblebooks? Tumbooks? Or something different?
Which RSS reader are you using to read your installments?
We'll check it out and have an answer for you soon.
We notified the winners today. Congratulations to;
Thanks to everyone for sharing their memories!
This week we mark the birthday of Anne Frank, the young girl whose diary has become one of the quintessential works of memoir. In her honor tell us what your favorite work of autobiography is.
Are there other folks who'd also like to read this book?
We know there are problems with the Booklists and they're definitely on our list of things to improve!
Since we just launched Leonard Matlin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen, we've got movies on our minds. Think of your favorite book: who would you cast as the lead(s) in the film version?
The Book Channel is a series of excerpts of books that are not available on DailyLit--it's just a way for us to suggest books we liked to you. If you'd like to read the excerpt you can find it here; and if you'd like to buy a copy of the book you can do so at Amazon here.
We were actually a little late this month in sending out our newsletter, but technically the "Big Read" doesn't start until the newsletter goes out--that way we let as many people as possible know at the same time what other folks will be reading. So, the March Big Read will extend into April, but since everyone got word of the book at the same time we figured that would be okay.
Great idea to start a forum topic asking folks what they thought of the book--thanks for suggesting it! Look for one soon.
It would actually be quite difficult for us to publish these books in the original language, since the ability of our production house to work in languages other than English is somewhat limited. Were you hoping to see translations published here? Or the original Telugu?
Lately we've been more focused on bringing new books to the site (like Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen or our Poem a Day Collection) but we do hope to add more classics soon.
Just to clarify, were you hoping to see these books added in English or their original languages? It would be quite difficult for us to publish the books in languages other than English (since we need to be able to read them to break them into installments effectively).
In no more than 10 words tell us: what do you want to do before you die?
We're delighted to announce the winners of the Reader Challenge! They are, in no particular order:
-I keep a lot of photos at the Missed Persons Bureau. It’s like that other bureau, except I know where the person is. He’s just not with me.
-We met in the comic book shop where we both wanted the last Watchman trade paperback. We decided to share it. And now we share everything.
-i thought unconditional only preceded surrender. she showed me unconditional love. i really love this girl. how do i tell her i’m married?
-Middle-aged love: the memory of the spark fades, the glow more warm and comforting now.
-The one I love is looking straight back at me. I blink and double-check the mirror. Yup I am still there.
Congrats to the winners, each of whom will receive a copy of Us: Americans Talk About Love. And many thanks to everyone for sharing your love bites!
This week includes World Poetry Day and the birthday of beloved American poet Robert Frost. Who is your favorite poet? Why?
Sorry about that. We've updated the book page and you should see the next book on your list start up. If it doesn't please let us know.
No problem at all! We're always interested to hear what folks have to say.
Great question! We asked a similar question a while ago as our Question of the Week but would love to hear more responses.
Obscuring both names and dates is a convention in writing from the 18th and 19th centuries. I actually don't know why it's done but will try to find some information.
Yes, the series is now fully available.
This book is still protected by copyright so unfortunately we can't easily make it available. We'd certainly love to have it but not sure we can get the rights to do so. It's on our list though!
You're right! We'll look into it.
Thanks for sharing your love bites, everyone! We'll post the winners here soon.
DailyLit serializes the entire book unless otherwise noted. For The Grammar Devotional we serialized just 28 of Grammar Girl's tips to give readers a taste of the book. Your profile does say you finished it now.
This is a feature we hope to add soon. Stay tuned.
Here's what we heard back from Berlitz:
The correct answers are both: A and C. Sosten means bra, and falda means skirt, so technically both might be correct, but falda means skirt and (for Americans anyway) would technically not be sold at lingerie store. The reader is right: A is the best answer.
We came across this fun list of famous opening lines to novels.
What's your favorite first line? Share it--and the book it comes from--here.
We'll find out!
Great entries, everyone! To make sure you're eligible to win, please make sure your entries are no more than 140 characters. Double-check by copying and pasting your entries into MS Word and performing a word count, which will also tell you how many characters there are (spaces included!).
We don't have Psycho-Cybernetics in our catalog. It's too new to be in the public domain. If you're interested in reading it I'd suggest you check out your local library or bookstore.
We would not affiliate with a spammer. What caused you to ask this question? Are you receiving spam that seems to be coming from "DailyLit"?
@Antigone99 Sorry, both of those books are too new as well (published in 1992 and 1962, respectively). If you/others are interested in reading those I'd recommend you check out your local library or bookstore.
Thanks for all of your suggestions, folks--we really appreciate them. Just wanted to let you know that we do pay attention to them all, even if we can't always include them in the book channel. Keep them coming!
We heard about this challenge on Twitter and thought it would be a fun Reader Challenge for February. Tell a love story (your own or make one up) in 140 characters or fewer--that is, the length of a single tweet or short sentence.
We'll choose five winners who will each receive a copy of Us: Americans Talk About Love, a collection of folks talking about love. Post your love bites here by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, March 7th to be included in the contest. Good luck!
Masterpiece Theatre recently aired a brand-new adaptation of Emma and re-aired adaptations of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.
Which book-film adaptations would you like to see remade? Which are perfect just the way they are?
@Noah_Tall: Flatland was subscribed to about five minutes after Paranoia on 2/5/2010. Was Paranoia on your To-Read list? If so, and you finished a book on 2/4, Paranoia may have started automatically. We'll keep looking into this to make sure there aren't any bugs.
Again, unfortunately for us works by both of those authors are too new to be freely available in the public domain. In the U.S. books need to have been published prior to 1922 to be out of copyright. We've noted your request but your best bet is to check out your local bookstore or library to read these writers.
Thanks for the info, @cresswga.
@white 5109: What do you mean when you say "it wouldn't let you" post a question in the Frank Baum forum? You can't create a new forum--you have to post it in the author's pre-created forum--so that might have been what happened, but please let us know so we can make sure there aren't any bugs. Thanks!
This week we celebrate the birthday of Charles Dickens, master of the novel (and serialized fiction). If you're a fan of classic literature you've probably read at least one of his thirteen novels--not to mention his voluminous other writings.
What is your favorite Dickens book, essay, story, or quote?
@Noah_Tall Does anyone else have access to your account? We can see in our database that an email subscription was created and validated (the confirmation link was clicked on). If you don't want to continue receiving the book you can press the "suspend" link at the end of any installment.
@sri.meenuga: Most short stories--especially classic ones--are longer than our installment length of about 1000 words. Many of our short stories are under 15 installments, and if you select to receive a longer installment length than normal (under "advanced" options) you can read them in just a few installments.
@dreamdust: You can select any combination of days to receive your installments but going into the "advanced" options. Click on a "manage" link in any installment or click on the "manage" link from your settings page, click on "more" next to the book title, then click on "advanced" under options to select Saturday and Sunday delivery.
Unfortunately for us Buck's works are too new to be in the public domain, and it's not likely we'd be able to acquire the rights to serialize her work here. We have taken note of your request, but I'd recommend you check out your local library or bookstore if you'd like to start reading right away.
We're delighted to announce the winners of the challenge: Elora, Alex.Allen, and laureqisaok2.
Read their entries and Anne's comments about them on our blog.
We're working with Anne Rice--as you can imagine, she's quite busy--and will be announcing the winners soon.
February 2nd is James Joyce's birthday. The Irish author is famous for his innovative works like Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake, both of which readers routinely cite as among the most difficult books they've ever read (or tried to read).
What's the most challenging book you've ever read? Did you finish it? And, maybe most importantly, did you feel it was worth the extra effort?
Thanks for posting your suggestion. We'd love to open it up to other readers--is this something other people would also like to see?
For this week's Question of the Week we're teaming up with our Reader Challenge to ask you about your wishes for 2010.
Please share your responses in our Reader Challenge Forum.
We added the click through because we didn't want people to be able to see the answers while they were taking the quiz.
You can make the link appear by switching your installment to plain text either on your Blackberry using the "get text" option or by logging in to DailyLit, clicking on "Manage the books you're reading," clicking on "more" next to the book title, and changing the format to "plain text."
This week we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr., a man famous for his
social contributions and his oratorical gifts--his "I Have a Dream" is
surely one of the best speeches in history.
Which author (living or dead) would you most like to hear speak or read his or her work?
Thanks so much for all of your feedback, everyone.
@hellohello nad @moengey We actually do have a number of classic children's books already, like The Wizard of Oz, The Wind in the Willows, and The Secret Garden. We do appreciate your suggestions, though. Are there others you'd like to see?
@Chromatic: Paranoia was one of the books that we could only offer to US readers. We always try to make sure we have books with world rights available--and in most cases, we do--but yes, that was one that was restricted.
What do you think about DailyLit? Tell us what works for you--and what you'd suggest for improvements.
Those books were published beginning in the 1930s, which means they're too new to be freely available in the public domain and on DailyLit. Your best bet is probably to check out your local library or bookstore since we may not be able to make them available here.
Usually if we don't have the rights to make the book available to the entire world we only have the rights to open it to readers in the United States.
We don't have many books that are restricted in this way, though. @Chromatic, which books have you tried to read and been blocked?
Sorry about that: we had the wrong answer in the answer key. It's now been fixed. You can view it here.
Occasionally we can only acquire the rights to offer certain contemporary books in the United States, so for those titles readers coming from an IP address will not be able to access the book page.
The "Sorry, this book is not available" message showed up for a few books yesterday (for instance, Crush It!) due to a bug, which we've now fixed.
Welcome to 2010! What are your literary resolutions for the new year?
Great work, everyone--and you all made the deadline! We'll share the winners here soon. Happy New Year!
It's the last week of 2009. Looking back, what is the best book you've read this year?
An interesting idea! Are there others who'd be interested in seeing a Wikipedia Tour of the saints? (And any experts on the saints who might want to help identify who should be included?)
We were only able to acquire the rights to make this book available to readers in the US, so unfortunately we can't open it up to readers in the UK. You may be able to find it at your local library or bookstore.
What are your favorite holiday reading traditions? Do you always read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Christmas Eve? Or do you look forward to your days off so you can dig into your to-read pile?
As you may know, all contemporary authors like the ones you've named have their works protected by copyright. That means we can't simply make them all available on DailyLit. We are working with publishers and authors to bring their works to DailyLit and it's always good to know what people would like to see, so thanks for putting up your suggestions!
@kit50 Ha! Great story--thanks for sharing! We're glad to be making one of your wishes a reality.
It's too new to be in the public domain, so we can't easily make it freely available. If you're interested in reading it for this holiday season your best bet is probably to check out a local library or bookstore.
We've announced the winners of this challenge! Congratulations to @mir777, @mountaingirl, and @agedcheddar! Check out our blog for the announcement.
@andrewmason Thanks for your kind words! It's always nice to hear from happy readers.
@dreamdust That's a great idea. Why not start a forum topic and post your recommendations there as a place to start?
@cuiblemorgan: Can you please forward that installment to us at support[at]dailylit[dot]com so we can figure out what's wrong with the link? You may have signed up before we were able to fix it so you may have an outdated link.
When I click on the link in my installment I'm taken to the answer key, which tells me the answer to the question asked in Day 5 ("Which of the following is incorrect?").
Thanks for suggesting it. Are there other readers who are interested in this book?
We're working on a fix to make our installments automatically look better on the Blackberry. For now, the best thing to do is to change your installment format from HTML to plain text. You can do that by clicking on the "manage" link at the end of any installment (or by clicking on the "Your Settings" link when you're logged in on DailyLit, and then clicking on the "manage the books you're reading" link). Click on "More" next to the book title, then change installment format from HTML to "plaintext unicode."
Jane Austen's birthday is this week (December 16). What would you give her as a birthday gift?
The problem we'd face is that we source our classic books from sites like Project Gutenberg, which don't track pagination of the ebook versions of the classics. It would require quite a lot of painstaking work to reinsert page breaks to our 600+ books, and for right now we're focusing our attention on bringing you more great free content, since that is our most popular request.
There is a "send the first part immediately" link on the confirmation page, which you get to after you click on the validation email. Have other folks missed this link as well?
Since Thich Nhat Hanh is a 20th century figure his works are probably copyrighted ,meaning we may not be able to make them available. For that you're probably better off with your local library or bookstore. Are there any pre-1920 works on Buddhism?
Are there other readers who would be interested in reading about Buddhist teachings on DailyLit?
We will try! Any particular titles you'd like to see?
Very odd--both "Northanger Abbey" and John Grisham's "Fetching Raymond" show as active on your account. And you've tried resending installments to yourself and still nothing, right?
We'll see what we can do!
It's something we're investigating, so it's good to know if readers are interested in us offering them.
Thanks. Great idea!
It was during this week in 1965 that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered--and it's been a holiday classic ever since. What are your favorite holiday stories?
Great idea. We'll try to make it available.
Thanks for the suggestions.
That is how the resend feature works--it's useful if you miss an installment here or there, but it doesn't sound like it will help in your case!
I reset your book back to installment 41 so you should start receiving it again. If you don't then please let us know here or at support [at] dailylit [dot] com.
Thanks for suggesting those. We created the "holiday reads" for our Big Read last year, and this year we're featuring A Christmas Carol. We may update the Holiday Reads for the next holiday season.
We're making the installments available twice each week, which may be why you didn't receive them as frequently as you might have expected. I'd suggest you re-activate your subscription--you should receive additional installments, since several are now available. If you miss installments you should check your spam folder, since sometimes our messages end up tehre. You can also check to make sure you haven't missed any installments and resend missed ones to yourself as described in our FAQs.
As I mentioned in my other post, the Harlequin books were part of our pay-per-read program, which we've discontinued. If sponsors are interested in making Harlequin books available free of charge we may feature them in the future.
The Harlequin books were part of our pay-per-read program, which we've discontinued. We found readers were much more interested in the books and stories we could make available for free, so we've decided to focus our efforts there. You can read more about DailyLit's move to free on our blog.
Today is American icon Mark Twain's birthday. Do you have a favorite Twain character, quote, or book? (Maybe you love Tom Sawyer for his famous fence-painting trick, or a quote like "I've never let my schooling interfere with my education.") Share it here.
Or if Twain isn't your thing, which other American legends do you like?
Did you check your spam folder? Sometimes our installments end up there.
You can resend installments to yourself as described in our FAQs: http://www.dailylit.com/faq#resend. Let us know at support [at] dailylit [dot] com if you have more trouble.
Cool idea! We'll see how we might be able to make quizzes work on DailyLit.
Thanks for the suggestion. Is this a topic other readers would like to see?
This Thursday is Thanksgiving. Which books are you most thankful for?
In honor of Mickey Mouse making his debut this week in 1928 (in "Steamboat Willie"), we'd like to know who your favorite children's character is.
I see you were reading by RSS--can you tell us which reader you were using?
No Dostoyevsky impersonators out there, I guess! Keep thinking, folks, and if some come to mind share your Dostoyevsky-inspired bits of wisdom here.
Looks like, for all the books that are suspended, they were either suspended on the last installment or close to it--second to last, third to last, etc. Just to confirm, you definitely didn't suspend those books?
Can you tell us which books you're talking about?
This Wednesday is Crime and Punishment author Fyodor Dostoevsky's birthday (he would be 188 years old). To celebrate, we're taking a challenge taken up by the Guardian's Roy Greenslade: What would Dostoyevsky say in 140 characters on Twitter?
"Don't be an Idiot," maybe? Share your tweets below.
There are a few people having issues with the images, and it looks like it's a problem with Outlook 2003 running on XP. Microsoft sent out an update at some point that is causing them to block images from some domains, and it looks as if we've been caught in that update. Unfortunately there's nothing we can do. We'd recommend upgrading from Outlook 2003 to a newer version or reading using a different email client (like Gmail or Yahoo!) or an RSS feed.
We found a solution that might work to fix Outlook 2003 (or might not!), but it involves digging into your registry, so you should only attempt it if you consider yourself technically savvy. We don't take any responsibility for any damage to your computer if you do attempt what is described in this fix. The information is here: http://theofficecubicle.com/2008/02/01/outlook-2003-red-x-where-embedded-image-should-be-in-email/comment-page-2/
Thanks for suggesting these writers. Can you tell us a little more about them?
@dreamdust Can you tell me which version of Windows you're running (Vista, XP, etc.) and what you use to read your mail (Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.)?
@bookwormnik Thanks for letting us know. It seems that some folks are having trouble with some of the images. Can you tell us what you use to read your email and what kind of computer you have? That will help us troubleshoot. Thank!
It's Election Week. Which political figure would make the best book hero/heroine--and what would their book be about? (Fiction and non-fiction both welcome.)
We've just announced the winners of the challenge! Congratulations to snailgenie, seagoat, and mstrust! You can read their entries above or all together on our blog.
@brightlights50 Sounds like a great costume! I'm surprised more people didn't recognize you--although I grew up in Minnesota, where she actually lived, so maybe the books were more popular in my area than where you were.
@jwschouten That's a great story. What happened after the deafening silence? I imagine it was pretty awkward.
@emilyyoung Looking forward to the picture!
I actually tried to dress up as Dracula last year but my fangs wouldn't stay on my teeth. So I pretty much looked like a goth person with a cape. It was not my best costume ever. I've also dressed as Mrs. White from the "Clue" books--the candlestick made that one a lot of fun.
@dreamdust I think we talked about this in another thread, but every author on DailyLit automatically has their own forum. You can find them by clicking on the "authors" link in the list of the left side of the main forums page or by going to that author's page on DailyLit--by browsing by author--and clicking on the link to their forum there.
@dreamdust Which installment didn't include a photo? And what kind of device (computer, Blackberry, etc.), program (Gmail, Outlook, etc.), and operating system (Windows XP, Vista, etc.) were you reading it on? I'm reading this book and have had a photo in every installment so far.
@dreamdust It is an on-going series--we're making new installments available three times per week.
Have you ever dressed as a literary character or author for Halloween (or would
you like to)? Maybe Dracula, or Alice from Alice in Wonderland, or Max from Where the Wild Things Are?
Tell us about your costume.
If you have any pictures of it that you'd like to share, send them to us at email@example.com and we'll post them on our blog.
There's also another way to find author forums. On the left side of the main forums page you'll see a list of all the kinds of forums we offer, including book, category, and author. We automatically create a forum for every author on our site, and all of them are listed here.
We're actually thinking of new features/abilities to add so that DailyLit Members can interact with the community more. This is an interesting suggestion that we'll definitely take into consideration.
This week's Question of the Week was inspired by a conversation Susan had with @gretchenrubin (of The Happiness Project) who mentioned that she was asking people about their favorite expressions or words to live by. What's yours?
Did you check your spam folder? Sometimes our messages end up there.
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Thanks for your suggestion, Jo Anne. 1776 is still protected by copyright. We can look into acquiring the rights, but since it's not in the public domain, it's unlikely we'd be able to offer the book for free. If you're anxious to read it your best bet is probably to grab a copy from the bookstore or the library.
We're excited about Shoes, Bags, and Tiaras, which kicks off our DailyLit Style series. Mean to surprise and enlighten, DailyLit Style is a fun and quirky series covering the world of style in all its senses.
We'd love to hear what you'd like to see in DailyLit Style. For instance, do you have some favorite designers, artists, or architects? Periods? Photographers? Let us know!
Looks like there's a bug with IE 8 running on XP. We've filed it as a bug and will work on a fix. I'll update this thread when we've resolved the issue.
We think we fixed the bug. Please try resending that installment to yourself again and let us know if you have any trouble.
To celebrate this week's release of Where the Wild Things Are, based on the classic children's book, tell us: what was your favorite book as a child?
@angel994 We'll check it out.
We're working on a fix. We'll update this post when we've resolved the issue.
Which books/works in particular would you be most interested in seeing? The more specific you can be makes it more likely we'll be able to put books into our queue.
Thanks for the suggestions--we'll see what we can do.
@Cresswga There is an excerpt of Blood's a Rover available on the publisher's website here. We didn't include it in DailyLit Selects because of its strong language, which increases the possibility that our emails will be flagged as spam.
They are being released one day at a time. Only 15 have been released so far. You'll receive new stories as they become available.
Not all of us may be able to write a novel, but we've all probably thought about a story that "ought" to be a book.
What's the title of a novel you'd like to see written?
Thanks, everyone, for participating in our Reader Challenge! Stay tuned here and on our blog for info about when the winners will be announced.
Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937, so it's still protected by copyright (unfortunately that means we can't make it freely available). We can look into acquiring the rights.
All books on DailyLit are unabridged unless specifically noted.
Since they're assembled by a wide variety of volunteers, sometimes the translators are included in the classics books we get, and sometimes not. Just let us know when it's missing and we'll do our best to hunt it down.
The Brothers Karamazov was translated by Constance Garnett.
Hope you're enjoying DailyLit Selects, our hand-selected series of excerpts from books we think are worth reading.
We wanted to ask you for your ideas and requests: which books would you like to see featured in the DailyLit Selects series?
Thanks for the request. Journey to the End of Night is still under copyright, but we can look into acquiring the rights.
@minocris @moengey Did you check your spam folder? Sometimes our messages end up there. You can resend them to yourself as described in our FAQs.
We found out there was a bad link at the end of the story "Boy." You can read the whole story here.
This week is Banned Books Week. What's the best banned (or widely criticized) book you've ever read? Why?
For inspiration, check out this list of classics that have been banned at one time or another.
Sorry about that. The link is now fixed. You can read the full story here.
This week's question comes from reader "Dreamdust" (thanks!). Which author's writing reminds you of which musician's music?
For instance, Virginia Woolf and Jimi Hendrix both broke totally new ground.
(Oh, and if you have an idea for a Question of the Week, tell us here.)
Great news! The Brothers Karamazov is now on DailyLit. Happy reading!
Best-selling author James Ellroy is known for his intense crime-noir novels. He's even been called the Demon Dog of American crime fiction. Venture into the world of hard-boiled cops and criminals and come up with your own 50 word mini-crime-noir. And don't forget to create an intriguing title. James Ellroy himself will judge the entries and select three winners, each of whom will receive a signed copy of Ellroy's new book (released on Sept. 22nd), Blood's A Rover. In fact, for inspiration, you can check out an excerpt of his book here. Deadline for submissions: October 4th (11:59pm EST). We'll announce the winners in a future newsletter. Good luck!
Agatha Christie's birthday is this week (she would have been 119). Celebrate by telling us: What's your favorite mystery--fiction or real-life, book or screen? Do you love Sherlock Holmes? Or would you rather kick back and watch a Law & Order: SVU marathon on TV?
Our readers are a seriously literary bunch--260 installments? No problem.
@dreamdust Another great question! We have done some demographic surveys and will create another blog post sharing some info about our readership. In the meantime, check out the results of a survey we did on reading habits--our readers definitely love their books.
These are great--and I'm getting lots of ideas for my own reading list.
I wanted to share the response reader "Hal" shared on our blog:
In high school “1984″ was a required reading book. Frankly, it scared me out of my wits. Because of the emotional impact of this book, I consider it one of the greatest books in literature. And this is why I liked it.
Later in college, I read “Les Misérables” (the unabridged version) and absolutely loved it. Since then I’ve read most of Hugo’s work and consider him among the top five novelists who ever wrote. His style is readable for almost everyone, yet he paints with words the most beautiful pictures.
Kids are heading back to school this week. Of all the books you read for school/college, which one did you like best? Why?
Thanks for suggesting it. We have a long list of reader requests but we are working on them.
Our mail logs show just one copy of each installment being sent to your email address.
Are you forwarding your mail to that email address someplace else?
@dreadust (and any one else who was curious!): We did some digging and found which full-length books have been finished most on DailyLit. Check out the top 10 list on our blog.
@dreamdust That's a great question. We'll plan to do a blog post about it soon--I'll post here when we do!
Here's a great question submitted by reader femmebot (thanks!).
Along the lines of life imitating art/art imitating life, which book(s) seem to resemble your life?
You can resend installments to yourself as described in our FAQs here.
Sorry folks--I forgot to update here. We've fixed the problem (great to hear the arrows are working for you, @sonata58) so the booklists should be working for everyone now!
@BookMuncher All best wishes for your recovery. I hope DailyLit is able to help.
@terpsgirl If you want, you can change the length of the installments you receive so you don't have to hit "sent next" as often. If you click on the "Manage" link in any installment (or on your settings page) and then click "More" next to the book's title, you can set the installment length to normal, longer (2x normal), or longest (4x normal).
Interesting ideas. Would either of you be interested in creating a Dickens book sampler for DailyLit readers?
Elliot--are you referring to readers' posts in the forums? Or misspellings of the titles/names that are in the actual books themselves?
If it's the latter, we wanted to mention that the versions of the classics that we have on DailyLit are put together by volunteers, so there may be mistakes in them that we haven't caught. We encourage folks to email us at support [at] dailylit [dot] com when they see mistakes so we can get them corrected.
Lots of us love curling up with a paperback book in bed. But we also read books online by DailyLit.
We're curious: how does reading books by DailyLit differ for you from reading paper books? What do you like/dislike about each?
Sorry, not yet! We're working on it though!
I'd be happy to help but I'm not sure I understand your post. Do you have a question about reading on DailyLit? Are you looking for self-help books about relationships?
We hear you! We have several works by LM Montgomery on our list. We're receiving lots of requests for classics--which is great!--and we're doing the best we can do get them on DailyLit.
Thanks so much, Marcella, for posting! It's great to hear things straight from the author. (And yes, folks, to clarify, KidOrganizer is the real Marcella Moran, coauthor of Organizing the Disorganized Child: Tips and Tricks.)
Which book or books have you read over and over? Why?
Thanks to "tristiseye" for suggesting this week's question!
Good suggestions. We're getting a lot of requests but we'll see what we can do!
Thanks for suggesting more Sherlock Holmes. We're seeing a lot of recommendations right now but we'll add as many as we can.
Thanks for the recommendation. We're getting lots of suggestions but we'll see what we can do!
@dreamdust Cool idea. I'm envisioning something in which you can fill in "stop sending" and "resume sending" dates. Does that sound right?
@wellreadscholar Unfortunately for us none of the books you listed are in the public domain. We can look into acquiring the rights but sadly can't promise we'll be able to make them available.
August is a popular vacation month. If you could take a vacation to the world of any book (i.e. Dickens' London or F. Scott Fitzgerald's Roaring 20s), which would you choose?
@Dronak Thanks for the idea. We can work on adding those indications.
This week we're featuring a great question that was posted yesterday by @beattifickid89. Head over to his question and share your thoughts!
I love this question! We'd love to feature it as this week's Question of the Week, if that sounds good to you!
If you're not familiar with Fahrenheit 451, it's a dystopian novel about a future where books are routinely burned "for the good of society." Guy starts memorizing them to preserve what he can.
@fbales: The version on DailyLit was translated by Samuel Butler.
@Nukedoom Maybe you could track your progress by chapters rather than page numbers? Or you might be able to borrow the books you need from your local library for free.
Thanks for the trivia! Hope it comes in handy during a game of Trivial Pursuit or an episode of Jeopardy.
The book was published in 1933, so unfortunately it's not freely available in the public domain. We can look into acquiring the rights but unfortunately we can't make it available right now.
Thanks for the suggestions. We've definitely had the Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit on our list for a long time, but unfortunately it's not easy to acquire the rights to those books. We won't give up, though! We can also look into acquiring the rights to the other books you suggested.
This Sunday is Friendship Day. Which literary character do you think would make the best friend? How about the worst? Why?
Did you check your spam folder? Sometimes our messages end up there.
You can resend installments to yourself as described in our FAQs.
Imagine You: The Book. Is there a type of literature (or specific book) that you think you'd be? Why?
This week's question comes from dreamdust--thanks for suggesting it! (If you have ideas for Questions of the Week share them here.)
@evilbendyone Ishiguro is one of my favorite authors. The Remains of the Day is gorgeous, and Never Let Me Go is completely different but just as amazing. I've been meaning to go back and read some of Ishiguro's earlier work--including A Pale View of the Hills--but haven't had a chance yet. Have others attempted The Unconsoled? I'd love to hear some more feedback!
Thanks for suggesting it. Since it was published in 2006, it's still protected by copyright, but we can look into acquiring the rights to put it on DailyLit.
In honor of Bastille Day (July 14), which sparked the French Revolution, and our Big Read author Jhumpa Lahiri's birthday (July 11), this week we're thinking globally. Who is your favorite international author? Why?
Thanks for the suggestion. Is this a forum other readers would like to see too?
@dreamdust Aw, shucks. Thanks! Glad to be able to help (along with the rest of the DailyLit team!).
Wow. These are gorgeous! Thanks to all of you who have shared. These made my morning!
@Cloward We just put up Spirits in Bondage, Lewis's early poetry collection. Enjoy!
Thanks, Cresswga! Just updated the link.
@snider I've heard Carrie Fisher's memoir is quite funny--what did you think of it?
We don't actually type up the classics ourselves--we source them from sites that offer them for free--but we would love to see if there are other ways you could help out! Shoot us an email at support [at] dailylit [dot] com. Thanks for volunteering!
Thanks for suggesting Kerou, retroneo. His work is protected by copyright, but if folks are interested in seeing his works on DailyLit we can look into acquiring the rights.
The lazy days of summer often see us abandon our best literary intentions. What are your guilty reading pleasures?
Thanks for the idea. What do other folks think?
@Dronak Thanks for the feedback--much appreciated!
@dreamdust I think our most popular book is probably "Pride and Prejudice," and many folks who read it by DailyLit have already read it (at least once) in a more traditional format. I've often wondered if that's because people like to start with something familiar as they get used to the DailyLit format, but it could just be because Jane Austen is so popular! In terms of adding new titles, we really try to respond to reader requests. Are there particular works by Stoker you'd like to see on DailyLit?
@alt31 Would you be interested in seeing any of his works in the original German?
Unfortunately only "The Metamorphosis" and "The Trial" (which we're working on) have English translations that are freely available in the public domain. Kafka is one of the many "modern classic" writers whom we'd like to publish on the site, if we are able to acquire the rights.
Although it is long, David Copperfield is one of my favorite books, so I can't recommend any shorter ways to get through it--it's wonderful.
This week brings us the July 4th holiday. Who is your favorite American writer? Why?
Good idea! I just listed the stories in the book's description, and I've also posted them below.
A Doctor's Visit by Anton Chekhov
A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin
The Jelly-Bean by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy
Author! by P. G. Wodehouse
Thanks for the suggestion. It's something we can consider adding.
Thanks, @kiradog and @cresswga. We'll look into it and post here when we've solved the problem.
It's summer camp season. Which books remind you of summer camp? (Both fond and not-so fond memories are welcome.)
She's a great writer. Her works are still protected by copyright, so we can't make them available without permission. However, we can look into acquiring the rights. Thanks!
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not sure if we'll be able to offer that feature, but one thing you can do is set up a filter for your DailyLit emails. (Not sure if that's something you've tried.)
i read my DailyLit in Gmail too, and I use the subject line to set up a filter so all the installments of a given book are labeled with that same thing. That way I can easily separate them out from my email and find older installments. I find it pretty helpful.
@dreamdust Glad to hear you're enjoying it! I am too :)
Sorry about this problem, and sorry, @wellreadscholar, that you didn't get a quicker response--this post must have gotten buried before we saw it.
I just tried changing the order of the books on my booklists and was able to do so by clicking the white arrows.
Could you both tell me which browser you are using? (And what kind of device?)
We are fans of Malcolm Gladwell and would love to feature him. His works are, of course, protected by copyright, so in order to put them on the site we need to acquire the rights, but it's something we are actively looking in to.
Glad to hear it!
This title is a paid book, but you can view the first 5 installments for free. You can see them by clicking on the "Preview" link on the book page, or by signing up to read the book--filling out the box on the right side of the book page, clicking the "read me" button, and then clicking on the link in the validation email you are sent. Then the first five installments will be delivered to you before you are asked to pay.
Hope that helps.
Could you let me know at which email address you tried to contact us? We haven't seen an email with this question in it in any of our support accounts.
The old one may still be cached in your browser--just give it a little time. If it hasn't switched to the new one after a few minutes then let us know.
Almost all of Lewis's works are protected by copyright, but we can work on acquiring the rights to his books.
It looks as if one of his earliest works, "Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics," is the only one freely available. Since neither of you mentioned poetry specifically, I thought I'd see if this is something you'd be interested in seeing on DailyLit.
Reader @auistinblan originally suggested this idea, and we loved it so much we thought we’d make it this month’s Reader Challenge. Take the biggest, most literary, or most “important” book you know and summarize it in 6 words—no more, no fewer—and share your micro-masterpieces here.
(And many thanks, @auistinblan!)
@tristiseye I know! I had a feeling we'd have lots of Atticus Finches.
This Sunday, June 21, is Father's Day, so let's give literary dads their due. Who is your favorite fictional father? Why?
We can add some additional Blackwood stories to our list. Are there particular titles you'd like to see?
Do other readers have any specific Blackwood requests?
Thanks, @tina16! It's great to get your feedback.
I'm a fan of Coelho, too! His works are too new to be freely available in the public domain, but we can look into acquiring the rights. Thanks for suggesting him.
Hm, that sounds strange. I read my DailyLit on my Blackberry using Gmail for mobile, and I haven't noticed any problems. (I did change my installment format to plain text so that the links work--Gmail mobile doesn't activate the links in our default HTML. Even before I did that, though, I still had content in the emails.)
What kind of smartphone are you using? And which book are you trying to read on your phone?
I know it's not in the title but ALL I can think of when I think of birds and literature is the albatross from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner!
I think mine was probably Gone with the Wind as well--I remember reading an old copy we had in our house soon after I watched the movie for the first time. I think I was still a little too young because I was far more interested in the Scarlett O'Hara Barbie doll I got for my birthday than in the book!
@psycheinaboat I wonder if you are the first person to think of Jane Austen as a gateway drug.
@ErynnIm I love your post! Hilarious. I had a hard time letting go of the Babysitters' Club too. And the Clue books.
Thanks for these suggestions. For the titles that are in the public domain we can add them to our queue; if they're still protected by copyright we can look into acquiring the rights.
Can you remember your first "adult" book--that is, the first serious, "classic" book you read? Which book marked your transition to literary adulthood? What do you think of it now?
We need to make sure we can get emails to you when you start reading a book--unfortunately for now, since email/spam filtering settings can change, we do have to ask you to validate each new book.
Maggie, A Girl of the Streets - Stephen Crane
McTeague - Frank Norris
I agree about Hurston. I enjoyed Their Eyes Were Watching God and recommend it to lots of people!
Adam Bede--George Eliot
Not sure if Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, etc. count since their full titles are really "The adventures of ______"
Thanks for the suggestion!
Leda and the Swan - Yeats
It's the first week of June, which means the beach reading season has begun. What's your favorite summer read?
Share your favorite book (or books!) here and get ideas for other things to read this summer.
Thanks for suggesting it. Again, since this book is new and protected by copyright, we can't easily make it available--but it's good to know what our readers are interested in seeing.
Glad to hear you're enjoying DailyLit! We'd love to have Capote on DailyLit. But since his works are relatively new, they are still protected by copyright and not free for us to put on the site.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make the switch for you.
@Traum Yes, the version of Les Miserables on the site is unabridged.
Congrats to all who've finished the book!
Thanks for these suggestions. We'll see what we can do!
Great suggestions. A few of Zora Neale Hurston's works are old enough that they are no longer protected by copyright, so we can add those to our list of books to make available.
However, many of her works and all of Faulkner's stories and novels are too new to be freely available in the public domain. We'd love to have Faulkner on the site but acquiring the rights to do so is quite difficult.
It looks like there isn't an English translation of Stendahl's works that is freely available. Are you interested in reading in French or English?
This is a good suggestion--we can look into acquiring the rights to publish this book on DailyLit. Thanks!
Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately Seven Pillars of Wisdom isn't in the public domain, but we do maintain a list of contemporary books that are requested.
We're always adding new contemporary books to the site, many in the nonfiction category. We highlight some in our newsletter each month.
Good luck with your poetry site!
If you need a daily poetry fix, remember we have lots to choose from--from Shakespeare to Dickinson.
Thanks for your response, cresswga.
If you don't already have our bookroll widget (which you can get on your Settings page), you could use that to show your progress on your blog. It does show the percentage of the book completed.
Here's your chance to imagine the opening line of a sequel to your favorite book. It's easy!
1. Pick a book.
2. Imagine its sequel.
3. Give it a great title.
4. Write the first sentence.
Share your sequel sentences here.
If you'd like your sentence to be considered for publication in Book: The Sequel, a collection of sequel sentences, head to the book's website (www.bookthesequel.com) and click on "Submit Sequel Now."
Oh, and if you need some inspiration to get started, check out ten great first sentences in the mini-version of Book: The Sequel that's already available on DailyLit.
Monday, May 18 is Victoria Day, a holiday in British Commonwealth countries celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday. Her reign lasted from 1837 to 1901, the longest of any royal in British history.
Many stories, plays, and novels feature kings and queens, but they may figure most prominently in fairy tales.
What's your favorite fairy tale?
@ahilborne The reason many of the em-dashes are represented as two en-dashes is because we originally offered books only in plain text, and the source texts formatted their dashes that way.
Are there other folks who are bothered by the en-dash styling?
You're not alone--Collins's Woman in White is a popular book on DailyLit. We'll work on adding more of his works. In the meantime you should check out the other Collins novel we have available, The Moonstone.
Sounds like Lovecraft is a popular request. Which of his works would you most like to see on DailyLit?
Thanks for the suggestion. These novels are still protected by copyright so we can't simply add them to the site, but on to our list they go!
Just chiming in to say this is great! We'd actually been planning on launching a similar reader challenge--to create a group novel--and it's great that you've taken the plunge! Can't wait to see how it unfolds.
Thanks for suggesting it. Are there specific titles you'd like to see added to DailyLit? Are there others who are interested in these kinds of titles?
DailyLit just celebrated its 2nd Birthday! To celebrate, this week's question asks about one of the best parts of birthdays: gifts. If you were to give a friend a book as a gift, which title would you choose? (You can choose any friend--he or she doesn't have to be in the terrible twos like DailyLit is!)
Thanks for the requests--the works of the two authors you mentioned are under copyright, but we can add them to our list of copyrighted works to pursue.
Yes, you can browse books in any category by length. When you go to any category's page ("Classics," for instance) and click "View all," you'll see a "Sort By" box with a drop-down menu near the top of the page. You can browse by popularity, title, author, length, release date, or price.
As for getting through "Arabian Nights," you could adjust your settings so you receive longer installments (just click on the "manage" link at the end of any installment).
I currently live in New York City but am originally from a small town outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. How about other folks?
Yes, Persuasion is available on DailyLit--as are all of Austen's other novels. Enjoy!
Thanks for the suggestion. The book you mentioned is still protected by copyright, so we can't easily make it available on the site. You may want to check out your local library or bookstore to pick up a copy. We'll keep your suggestion about education-related fiction in mind.
@wickesgirl and @Lullah: Glad you found this helpful. We're more than happy to answer other questions here or at our support account (support [at] dailylit [dot] com).
Most of our readers are in the United States, but there are definitely DailyLit readers all over the world. Feel free to give your location a shout-out here!
In celebration of Mother's Day, this week we're thinking about memorable mothers in literature. Which character is a great mom--and who's not so wonderful? Who is your favorite literary mother?
Thanks for suggesting it. The work is still protected by copyright, but we can add it to our list of works to pursue for the site.
Thanks for suggesting it. We'll take a look.
Thanks for the suggestion. John Grisham is definitely a contemporary author who is on our list.
Sorry--unfortunately for us "Desire Under the Elms" is still under copyright in the U.S. and isn't freely available. We can add it to our list of copyrighted books to pursue for the site, though.
The Bible is on our list of books to make available. Thanks for suggesting it.
Here's one from our blog, which was posted by Shirell:
Living life deliberately and with hope.
Unfortunately we've found that making comics and manga work in the DailyLit format (and within the technological restraints of delivering emails) is very difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. We'd love to be able to offer them but it may take us longer than expected to make it work.
Eventually we hope to be able to provide you with reading recommendations. For now, though, @books is right on--the best thing to do is to ask the DailyLit community. I'd create a review of or post about a book you've read and ask the smart, friendly folks who hang around our forums what they'd suggest you tackle next.
You can also check out members' BookLists to see what people who have similar taste to you like.
You've created some great mini-memoirs in response to our newest Reader Challenge. Tell us: which "regular size" biographies and autobiographies are your favorites, and why?
@blandnewspigot: Do you already have a DailyLit Bookroll on your blog? If not, you can add it by going to your settings page and clicking on the "Bookroll" link.
@jkeesh: Have you checked out the advanced options, available on your settings page (click on "manage")? You can choose any combination of days of the week to receive installments, and one of three installment lengths: normal, longer (2 installments), or longest (4 installments).
@Ayndrea: Thanks for the suggestion--improving the DailyLit experience for our mobile users is definitely something that's on our list.
Thanks for the suggestion. Since we've used publicly sourced texts, sometimes the translation information isn't included in our editions, but it's a good idea to try and track it down.
Borges is a genius. Unfortunately his work is too recent to be freely available but we'll ad him to the list. Thanks!
Tell the story of your life in just 6 words. That's right, just six little words--no more, no less. And no fair making up words-that-don’t-exist-normally-as-hyphenated-words so as not to exceed the limit!
Are you up to the challenge?
PS turns out that SMITH magazine is the home of 6 word memoirs, which can be found here: www.sixwordmemoirs.com
In celebration of Earth Day, we'd like to know which of your favorite books have featured nature in a striking or profound way. To start you off, Thoreau in Walden connects deeply with the natural world, and his rich depiction of an idyllic life in the wilderness has inspired countless readers.
What's your favorite book or passage about nature? It could be something like Walden, or a passage from Moby Dick about the sea--the options are endless. Share them here.
Sure! If you've got a list of your own, send it to us at email@example.com. We'd love to see what lists our members come up with.
The idea behind DailyLit is to serve up books in bite-sized pieces. If you'd rather have the full text of a book, you might check into other formats; for instance, the full text of many classic books is available for download on a number of websites.
You can also increase the length of your installments by clicking on the "manage" link at the bottom of any installment. On your settings page, click on the "more" link next to the book you're reading. There you can set installment length to "longer" (2x the length of a normal installment) or "longest" (4x as long).
There's no significance to the color of the classic book covers--the different colors are just for variety.
Thanks for the requests. We'll add them to our production queue.
Thanks, @books and @rozeznmetal!
We haven't launched many books in computer technology on DailyLit, but there is lots of material available online on this subject. You can also feel free to send us requests for specific books you'd like to see on DailyLit.
Lots of you participated in our recent 50 Word Challenge, which called for folks to write an entire story--with a beginning, middle, and end--in exactly 50 words. No more, no less. You've written some great mini-stories. If you haven't written yours yet, there's still time--just go to the URL below and post your story.
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God sent an angel for proof humanity was worth saving. He saw a poor family happily sharing a small meal. He saw a wealthy family’s daughter on MySpace, the son killing zombies in Quake, father working late, mother looking for love in a chat-room. What do you think God decided?
Connie didn’t realize she had been staring at the goldfish. “A fish out of water” . That phrase was one she had used a lot to describe herself. But if that was true then being a fish out of water hadn’t killed her. But then her little voice said “Has it?”
I undressed her with my eyes.. slowly watching each article of clothing slip off her tender form. Sliding softly to the floor covering the carpet in drapes of Scarlet. She was naked now dressed only in sweet desires. Standing with her back against the moonlight sky time held its breath
I opened my eyes or I thought I did. It was still dark. My eyes were open, it was just dark thats all. Darkness surrounded me and filled me to the core. What was going on? Then suddenly it occurred to me: I forgot to pay the light bill again! Frak!
Chan had left his restaurant to deliver food. Before he reached his destination, a truck struck his bike and, he was killed instantly. His restaurant is now closed and the only reminder is the white painted bike his family placed at the site, as a memorial to his life.
Here are some other 50 word challenges that I wanted to add:
The Wrath of the Lamb
A celibate woman became so close to being homosexual that her friends arranged for her to share an apartment with a gay man (all were Catholic). The two embraced only at the exchange of peace during Mass, angering the vicar who gave us the Host.
He loved her.
That much was true.
Standing on the pier, he watched her walk toward him, a slight smile on her face.
He needed her.
She wanted him.
They’d be together forever.
It was like that the day they had met, and it would be like that til death…
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It's so interesting to see what folks remember from some of their favorite authors or books. I've definitely added some books to my list based on your responses!
It looks like "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" is available in an English translation--is that a title you'd recommend we add to the site?
I think mine must be "Unjust--unjust!" from Jane Eyre. Early in the book, Jane is treated cruelly by her aunt. I think everyone knows what it feels like to be reprimanded while the person who deserves punishment escapes it.
Here's some of the passage that includes the phrase:
"Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten, always accused, forever condemned? Why could I never please? ...I dared commit no fault: I strove to fulfil every duty; and I was termed naughty and tiresome, sullen and sneaking, from morning to noon, and from noon to night. My head still ached and bled with the blow and fall I had received: no one had reproved John for wantonly striking me; and because I had turned against him to avert farther irrational violence, I was loaded with general opprobrium. 'Unjust--unjust!'"
Welcome to Question of the Week! We decided to number our Questions of the Week so that they don't seem out-of-date--we hope you'll share your answers to any Question of the Week at any time.
This week's question was suggested by @starshy926 (muchos gracias!):
Which book or line do you think of or quote most often? Or, which book, character, or plot comes to mind most often as you go through life?
You'll see my response below. How about you? (@femmebot, you said you had an answer for this already, so I'm looking at you!)
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@ahilborne: Glad to hear you're enjoying the Grand Tour. Since it's actually longer than Moby Dick, maybe when you're finished you'll feel like Melville's novel is no big deal...
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My favorite poem, Emily Dickinson's "Hope"
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
This week will see the calendar turn from March to April, and April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, we'd like to know what your favorite poem is. Please share it and the reasons you love it below.
My favorite is the classic Emily Dickinson work known as "Hope." I love the strangeness of the first line--a "thing with feathers"--and the rest of the poem, I think, is simple and beautiful in form and content. (I'll share it below this post.)
How about you?
On this day (March 23) in 1775, Patrick Henry called for America to become independent of Britain, uttering his famous phrase, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
There's an amazing amount of meaning packed into that short phrase, and its brevity makes it even more memorable. What's the most powerful quotation you've heard, and why did it affect you the way it did?
For me, it's got to be Walt Whitman's "Peace is always beautiful." Yes, it's idealistic, I think the power of these four words is stunning. I just wish everyone the world over could take this as their mantra. What a wonderful world that would be!
How about you?
After I read your post I went back to take another look at the first paragraph--it's amazing how unsettling just a single paragraph of text can be. When he says how "calmly" he will tell us the story, somehow I don't believe him...
I think my favorite passage from this installment, though, is this creepy line: "He was still sitting up in the bed listening; - just as I have done, night after night, hearkening to the death watches in the wall."
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Wow--these are great, folks.
@johng: Feel free to comment on the sagas here--I think it will be easy enough to tell which posts are meant to be stories and which ones are comments.
@Keeley: After the first paragraph of your saga I thought I might have to remove it to keep things clean! Love the twist.
Yes--you're right. Unfortunately his works are too new to be in the public domain but Hemingway is certainly on our list of authors we'd like to include on DailyLit.
Thanks for the requests!
We'll add these to our list of copyrighted works readers have requested. Thanks!
Thanks again to everyone who suggested books. We wanted you to be the first to know that we've chosen the next Big Read, and the winner is...Edgar Allan Poe! We couldn't decide *which* of Poe's great works to choose first--so we chose more than one! It's a Big Read of "3 Short Reads by Edgar Allan Poe." We hope you'll all join in!
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Unfortunately it is under copyright so we can't immediately add it, but it's on our list!
History--and literary history--is often said to be the story of a lot of dead white guys. But March is Women's History Month, designed to celebrate all the ways in which those dead white guys haven't had all the say.
So, in celebration of Women's History Month, who is your favorite female author, and why?
Mine is Charlotte Bronte, because one of my favorite books is Jane Eyre. I remember reading it when I was young and seeing myself in Jane's feisty personality--when she thinks "Unjust!" I think lots of girls are right there with her. Bronte wrote a different kind of female character experience, one that caused considerable controversy when it was published. But I think that freshness of voice and independent spirit are what make Jane so easy to relate to today.
How about you?
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Thanks (again) for the ideas, Dinosaur--most of those books are not in the public domain but we can add them to our list of copyrighted books to pursue for the site.
Thanks for the idea--it's a great suggestion, and actually something we've got on our list!
Thanks, @Dinosaur, for the feedback. It's helpful to know what you'd like to see on DailyLit.
Great ideas, everyone. Thanks!
@cresswga: Yes, we can pull out any of the short stories from the various classic short story collections on the site. So they're all fair game.
Keep them coming, folks!
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Welcome to the last Question of the Week for February!
In the spirit of this month's Big Read, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, if you were 95 years old right now, looking back on your life, what would you have wanted to accomplish?
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L.M. Montgomery is certainly a popular request! She is still on our list.
Welcome back after a 3-day weekend (for lots of you, I hope)!
We heard about lots of unique and romantic literary crushes last week--so to balance that sweetness, this week I am asking a slightly modified version of the question @EDITHJWHARTON suggested recently. (Thanks!)
Which book (or story or play) did you absolutely, completely, utterly hate? Why?
I really hated Edgar Huntley; or, Memoirs of a Sleep Walker by Charles Brocken Brown (written in 1799). I had to read it for a class in college, and it was long, and confusing, and boooooring. The main character spends a lot of time wandering around in the woods, and there is a panther, and some Native Americans, or something? Not a good sign that, despite reading the entire book and discussing it for weeks, I cannot recall more than that about the plot. Those are weeks of my reading life that I would like back.
Your turn. Release your rage below, and let the healing begin.
@starshy926: Funny about Edward Cullen--I know several people who, after finishing the Twilight books, have wanted nothing more than a vampire boyfriend.
I see Mr. Darcy (and Mr. Knightley) have a good representation, but I'm very happy to see how varied our tastes in literary crushes really are! Emotional train wrecks, dark brooding types, nerds, intensely smart/independent people, "foxy" folks: these are the kinds of people whom we seek out for literary love. Sigh.
Thanks for answering, y'all! Come on over to the next question of the week in the ETC forum today!
@AndreaNo1: I don't think this topic warrants removal from the forum at this point--folks have been incorporating books into their responses, and the posts are thoughtful responses to the question. If something explicit or inappropriate is posted we will definitely remove it right away.
@fredsmilek: That sounds fascinating. Have any of your adventures been similar to any literary journeys you can think of?
@nkengaola: I had almost the same experience. I really enjoyed The Hobbit, but I really struggled through the Lord of the Rings! I did finish them eventually, although as I've mentioned here before, I actually thought the movies were better.
We'd love to have more of Agatha Christie's works on the site, but unfortunately most of them are not in the public domain.
@danahuff: Pairing The Odyssey with O Brother sounds like a much better choice, although the cheesy effects in the other movie are pretty memorable. I've heard another adaptation is being made (by the same folks who made Troy)...
Thanks to everybody who answered last week's question! Looks like we were dying to share our gripes (or shame) about books we didn't finish.
Since Valentine's Day is coming up--the day after Friday the 13th, wouldn't you know it--I thought we'd share our literary crushes. Whom do you want to be your Valentine? Why? What would you do on your ideal date for February 14? Characters and authors are both welcome: after all, it's your dream V-day.
I think my answer probably changes daily, but right now I'd have to say Odysseus from The Odyssey. Think of his passion and commitment! (Forget the wife he journeys home to for 30 years for now, though. And forget his various flings.) Plus, surely after so many years of fighting on the open sea he has a killer body and a tan to match. (Sidenote: Anyone seen the awesome/ridiculous movie version starring Armand Assante?) I could definitely go for a Valentine's Day sail on the warm Mediterranean followed by a picnic along the shore.
Thanks to everyone for sharing! Very interesting how many people couldn't get through Robinson Crusoe.
Look for a new question to be posted tomorrow...
@cresswga: It's possible I was I was a little too young for the book and didn't quite "get it." Maybe I will have to take another look one of these days. I do love Of Mice and Men...
@cattrix: Throwing and burning books! Such passion!
@EDITHJWHARTON, wsimpson13144: One of the things we hear most commonly from readers is "If it hadn't been for DailyLit I never would have finished War and Peace!" And you can, too!
@kellao8: Is it for love? Or is it so he'll quit bugging you? Either way, I hope you can get through the book soon!
@terpsgirl02: Villette is one of my very favorite books. So glad you stuck with it!
It's fun to see what other folks have abandoned, no? Keep them coming!
Happy February! This week's question comes courtesy of our reader tristiseye--thanks for the great suggestion!
Which book, no matter how hard you tried, could you not finish? Why?
I had never been able to finish Anna Karenina, but now that I'm reading it via DailyLit as part of my commute, I am a third of the way through it (woohoo!). I've tried more than once but have never made it through Gone With the Wind--I always end up watching the movie instead. However, even though I hated every second of it, I did make it all the way through The Grapes of Wrath. I'm not sure what made me stick with that one--maybe so I'd feel more justified when I complained about it later...
How about you?
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These are great! Keep them coming folks. And don't worry, credit (and thanks!) will be given when your questions are featured in upcoming weeks.
For the last Question of the Week for January, I want to turn things around and ask you what kinds of Questions of the Week you'd like to answer. What would you like to see asked? Let me know what you're wondering about and you may well see your suggestion as a future Question of the Week.
I'll say that I have two questions in mind that tie into the holidays that are coming up in February (Presidents' Day and Valentine's Day). I don't want to give them away just yet, though!
@femmebot: Great idea--would you go with a black and white theme to match the famous Black and White Balls that Capote hosted?
@John_Rempel: Very impressive! Maybe you should write your posts in iambic pentameter?
I think all together you folks and these authors would make for a great literary party. Thanks for sharing!
Be sure to check out the "Etc." forum for the new question this week!
Thanks for pointing this out. We source our classic books from Project Gutenberg, and although it's a great resource, unfortunately the texts contain some errors. We will do what we can to improve the reading experience.
Would you love to get *all* of these writers into a room for one big literary par-tay?
@cherrychnagan: Just curious--why pizza and Diet Pepsi?
Lots of you responded that you'd like to speak with a relatively "quiet" author. I wonder why?
And @littlelupin, the surgery went just fine, and the recovery did too (lots of popsicles helped). Thanks for asking!
Thanks for the request. His work is too new to be in the public domain but we'll add him to the list of copyrighted authors whose works we can pursue.
Thanks for the suggestion!
Sorry to hear you are disappointed. We source our classics from Project Gutenberg, and the only version they have available is the edited one.
Welcome to the new question for this week! Since it's a four-day week for many of us, I thought we'd let our minds drift early to a Friday night out. Thanks are due to Charles1013, the DailyLit reader who originally asked this question.
Which author or authors would you most like to have dinner with? (Living or dead--at least for those who have no compunction about going to the underworld for a nice filet mignon.)
For me, it's got to be Dickens, with the hope that he would be as charming and witty in conversation as he is on the page.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Uh-oh--this old post is stealing my Question of the Week thunder. I had planned to ask it in the future, but instead I've co-opted it as this week's question! Please answer in that thread. Thanks!
Thanks folks! Be sure to check out this week's question (Benders in Books).
Thanks for the suggestion!
Ah, yes, littlelupin--the book that makes *you* feel as if you're on a bender! That is should be the third part of the question: what books have made you feel as if you were on a wild trip?
I second renehaskamp's suggestion of David Copperfield. It is a remarkable book--the way Dickens alters the voice as David grows from child to adult is astonishing. Of course there are lots of charming Dickensian characters (and as a big fan of Dickens I know many of them) but David is closest to my heart--and he was Dickens's favorite too!
Welcome! I'm getting my wisdom teeth removed this Friday, and my upcoming trip into anesthesia-land got me thinking about drug/alcohol benders in books.
Drugs and alcohol appear in many of the English language's most notable works: sometimes they provide comic relief, at others they allow characters to leave their bodies and gain a truer view of themselves.
If you've come across drug- or alcohol-fueled action in books, what did you think of it? Was it funny, revelatory, both, neither? If you haven't, what book or character could really use a good trip?
One of my favorite books, David Copperfield, includes a short scene in which the lovable hero David overindulges in beer with his friends. There's slapstick humor--I think David falls down the stairs--and some less-than-successful attempts, on David's part, to impress a lady friend. But when drunken David looks in a mirror, he sees a strange vision of himself that is illuminating in the context of the novel.
What about you?
Great responses, everyone! It seems like there's a few points of general agreement--Lord of the Rings good, Harry Potter bad--but your reasons for selecting the bests and worsts you did are fascinating. I like cresswga's suggestion that short stories make for better movies--does that mean novels make better television series? For instance, the Bleak House miniseries that the BBC did last year got great reviews, and I'm guessing a single movie of the 900+ page novel would have missed many of Dickens's nuances. Score (another) one for serialization?
Anyway, thanks to all who responded. Be sure to check out the new Question of the Week for January 12!
Thanks for suggesting this book. It's not in the public domain but we'll add it to our list of copyrighted works to pursue for the site.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Thanks for the suggestions--we'll keep them in mind!
Thanks for the suggestions. We'll definitely keep them in mind as we add to our list!
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Welcome to the very first Question of the Week for 2009!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald (which you can read free on DailyLit), hit movie theaters this holiday season, and it got me thinking about other books and stories that have been turned into movies. There are lots of them--resulting in many jokes about Hollywood's lack of originality--and some are more successful than others, both artistically and financially.
So, what's the best book-movie you've seen? Why? And the worst? (Please folks, no spoilers!)
Here are mine:
Besties: Brokeback Mountain and The Lord of the Rings. In fact, I liked the LOTR movies more than the books. A lot more. Anyone else? (I'm assuming there will be plenty of people who disagree!)
Worsties: The Great Gatsby (1974). Why? Four words: Mia Farrow as Daisy.
Thanks for everyone's thoughtful responses! If only there were a way to get some of the world's great books into the hands of every 18-year-old--the world would probably be a better place.
Be sure to check out the new Question of the Week for January.
We do have "The Deerslayer" and "The Last of the Mohicans," and if folks are interested in reading the rest of the Leatherstocking Tales we can add them to our production queue. Thoughts?
Thanks for the suggestions.
Great list. Those small things are remarkably valuable given how busy everyone is these days.
It's a good question. What am I grateful for from yesterday?
1. The machine I wanted to use at the gym was available as soon as I walked in.
2. Soup is easy to make (especially from a can).
3. I got some work and reading done.
4. My apartment is small so cleaning is easy and fast.
5. Sundays there is no construction on the subway project in my neighborhood. Peace!
Thanks for letting us know. We'll get it fixed right away.
Welcome back from the holiday weekend, DailyLit Readers! (Or, welcome back from the regular weekend, non-American readers!) This Thanksgiving I was thankful for DailyLit, which helped me pass the time waiting for my flight with Anna Karenina.
This "week's" question will actually be a question of the month--since we're all so busy this time of year, we wanted to leave the question open long enough for everyone to share their brilliance. So, without further ado, here is DailyLit's Question of the Week: Holiday Edition.
If you could give one book as a gift to every 18-year-old in the world (and know they'd read it), what would it be? Why? What's the best book you've ever received as a gift?
Wow @Jackster--the places you have been! Amazing. I was very sorry to read (at NYMag.com) that Chumley's is indeed closed. That's one literary pilgrimage I could easily make. However, Pete's Tavern still lives, so I think I'll celebrate the Gift of the Magi this year by seeking out O. Henry's corner. Thanks!
@cresswga, tristiseye, and jackster12: Do you think seeing these literary sites changed your perception of the writers' works? If so, how? If not, why not?
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Good news! We've taken up your suggestion and implemented leading zeroes in the subject line--beginning today you should see the change in place. Hope that makes managing your DailyLit book easier so you can focus on the fun part: reading.
All of the responses were so fascinating this week that I philosophized about our choices for "the one" on the DailyLit blog--check it out here (and then head over to check out *this* week's question):
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll see what we can do!
Thanks to everyone for their thoughtful answers! What a surprising and illuminating collection of books.
@joelsanda: I can certainly understand why you wore down those flashlight batteries. The Hobbit is such a whimsical yet adventurous story. I wondered if you were looking forward to, or dreading, the movie version?
@Rhubarb: Love the continuity of reading stories we loved as children to kids today. (Just-So Stories are on DailyLit, too, so if you ever feel like a trip down memory lane...)
I'll write some thoughts about this week's responses on the blog--check it out tomorrow. In the meantime, head over to answer this week's Question of the Week:
Today a cold wind was blowing in New York, and as I walked I noticed that most of fall's beautiful leaves were wet, mushy, and underfoot. Naturally, I started thinking about other places I'd like to be. I've always wanted to go on a literary pilgrimage, and voila! This week's question was born.
Have you been on a literary pilgrimage? To Mark Twain's house in Hartford? Or Dickens's house in London? Tell us about it. And if you've never taken one, where would you like to go? (Let's restrict ourselves to the real world--journeys to fictional places will be taken up another week!).
I've always wanted to go to the Brontë Parsonage in England. I've heard that it is stunning--austere, isolated, coldly beautiful--and makes one appreciate the Brontës' work on an entirely different level. For Brontë fans like me, it must really be an almost religious experience. *Sigh.* Someday!
What about you?
A book that really inspired me was a young adult book called Catherine Called Birdy. It's the fictional diary of a young noble girl living in a manor house in England in the middle ages. Catherine was smart and independent, and the story of her disappointments, learning experiences, and eventual triumph was one I read over and over again. Also, Catherine's family in the book is a kind of royalty, and I was still young enough to see "princess" as a viable career option, so that likely had something to do with my love of the book. But, it was mostly because Catherine was the smart, resourceful, thoughtful person I imagined myself to be and hope that I am now. In fact, I still have my worn but well-loved copy of the book
@emilyyoung: The real question is whether or not Sherlock Holmes inspired an obsession with deerstalker hats!
@tristiseye: "You should never lie to children" is a powerful line indeed. I wondered how many books here might include an adolescent character--it seems to me that the combination of a young character and more adult themes make for books that, at the right period in our lives, can make a powerful impression upon us.
@Khali: Born Free at age 7! Very impressive. I too was fascinated by Anne Frank; her diary is probably one of the most common ways kids begin to learn about the history Holocaust. I imagine (and hope) it's one that sticks with a lot of people.
@LittleOne1964: Powerful stuff.
Welcome to the Question of the Week for November 10! Last week we had a literary election (winner to be announced soon), and this week we're turning inward for answers.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said "Every reader has his first book; I mean to say, one book among all others which in early youth first fascinates his imagination, and at once excites and satisfies the desires of his mind." For Longfellow, that book was Geoffrey Crayon's Sketch-Book by Washington Irving (read it on DailyLit to see what so excited Longfellow).
What was yours?
@ktgris: Wow, you're right about the male characters. That's a little scary. But you picked the perfect candidate--Hermione! Smart, level-headed, socially conscious, and adept at magic. Can I change my vote?
Wow--a much more varied response than expected! I thought Atticus Finch would have been winning by a landslide byt I'm glad to see we are a creative bunch.
@amylibrarian: Charlotte from Charlotte's Web--what an inspired choice. (Just look out if Wilbur gets in to the lipstick, right?)
@hayden2002: Glad to see someone agrees with on the magic point. I mean, really, how could that not be helpful?
Thanks for the suggestion--we're all for the continuation of the Halloween spirit. We'll add the titles that are in the public domain to our production queue, and the newer works will go on our list of copyrighted works to pursue for the site.
This week America votes for a new president, so for our Question of the Week, we'd like to know: which literary character or author would get your vote for president? Why?
I think I'd pull the lever for Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings. He seems thoughtful and perceptive--just the kind of calm leader we need in these turbulent times. He stands up for his friends but is wise enough to know which battles to choose. Plus, he has magical powers. Tell me *that* wouldn't be handy.
What say you, readers?
It's not possible right now, but it's a feature we hope to add soon. Thanks for the suggestion.
It is a lovely story. We'll put it on our list of copyrighted books to pursue for the site.
@jbrelsford: How eerie--it is scarily true these days. I especially love that last line: "a child who had lent money in the City of London would have lent it better." Swap in New York for London and that could be a quote from today.
@EHartshorn: Of course Lady Godiva counts as literary! And I guess for you, the scariest thing you could see would be someone dressed up as December 1, right?
@danahuff, emilyyoung: Clearly I need to put "It" on my reading list. Thanks for the tip.
The more I think about literary Halloween costumes, the more I realize how tricky it is. You've must select someone who is instantly recognizable through just one or two references. There aren't too many characters whose presence in pop culture is large enough that you can dress as them and still avoid explaining who you are all night. Plus, it's tricky to find characters whose identities you can (sort of) distill into a dress or a prop. It might work to be Hamlet and hold a skull all night--and when you're asked "Trick or Treat," you can reply: "To be or not to be, *that* is the question." And then laugh nerdily.
Halloween is here! It's my favorite holiday, so I'm very excited to ask this week's question.
What book or story truly scares you? Or, if you're too tough to be frightened now, what scared you when you were young? Why?
For bonus points, share your favorite literary Halloween costumes: ones you've seen, been, or would like to be. If you're getting dressed up this year, who/what will you be?
My most terrifying childhood story was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I'm not sure why; something about an approaching horse in the dark woods really got to me. The short animated movie of the story is also quite scary--anyone else remember that?
The best literary Halloween costume I've seen (for sale) is "Sexy Hester Prynne." It's a sexy Puritan outfit, which is apparently very popular--one website has sold out of the costume. The irony is almost too much to bear.
I'm dressing up as a vampire this year, and I've been reading Dracula to prepare (very spooky!).
Thanks for pointing this out to us. We'll see if it might work for DailyLit.
These are all great picks! I was expecting Huck Finn and The Great Gatsby for sure, but some of the others--especially Catch 22--are more surprising (in the pleasant sense).
Interesting point EHartshorn makes. Can "the" great American novel exist? Is there even such a thing as an American zeitgeist, a collective spirit of an age? And if so, can it be captured in a novel? Or is the American experience simply too varied for the concept of the great American novel to work? Is it a uniquely American question--that is, can there be a "great" English novel, but not American?
Interesting things to ponder. More ideas?
Welcome to the second DailyLit question of the week!
The "Great American Novel" is (according to Wikipedia) "the concept of a novel that most perfectly represents the spirit of life in the United States at the time of its writing." So, what is the Great American Novel? (Or, what's the closest to it so far?) Why?
@michellekerns: Our first Elizabeth Bennett! I thought more readers would have wanted to be in her shoes (and in Mr. Firth's arms, natch).
As for me, I'd love to be Jane Eyre. It's one of my favorite novels and Jane's courage and independence is inspiring. Plus, it's always nice when to have a happy ending. Of course, it would be fun to be Harry Potter, too. I'd have to deal with that whole Voldemort-wants-to-kill-me thing, but there's magic, people!
Thanks to everybody who answered!
Ooh, all great so far.
@tymbr: Great idea, especially on a Monday. (Weekends are notorious for debauchery and indulgence!)
@zimmermj: But do you really want to be tied down by the Lilliputians?
@danahuff: "Sena Jeter Naslund's Ahab's Wife"--quite a mouthful, but a fantastic heroine.
Welcome to DailyLit's first ever Question of the Week! Each Monday we'll post a new question, and we hope all of our readers will weigh in. (If you have an idea for a question, let us know!)
So, without further ado, here is this week's question:
If you could be any literary hero or heroine, who would you be, and why?
Rest assured that you didn't miss anything--we do have the full text of "Five Orange Pips."
@lat62: Great--hope you enjoy the Wikipedia Tour!
@cresswga: Thanks for suggesting Bullfinch's Mythology.
Thanks for pointing this out--here's to a very happy (belated) birthday!
I didn't realize he wrote Prufrock at age 29. Sheesh. Way to make us all look bad, Eliot!
Sounds interesting. We'll add this to our production queue. Thanks!
Sorry about that! We'll add L.E.L. to our production queue.
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We actually already have Free as in Freedom on the site (http://dailylit.com/books/free-as-in-freedom).
The others are great ideas. We'll look into making them available on the site. Thanks!
Our apologies. In translating this title from physical to DailyLit book we had to make several adjustments, and it looks like this one slipped by. We'll work on the corrections and post here again when we have fixed the problem.
Besides the books in the Classics category, you might be interested in taking our Wikipedia Tour: Greek Mythology, which takes you through all of the major gods and goddesses of Greek/Roman mythology.
Thanks for the links--it sounds really interesting (and like a perfect topic for serialization). It's too new to be freely available but we'll add it to our list.
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Good idea. We'll work on making our African-American works more accessible.
Great idea. Sherlock Holmes is terrific!
Sounds interesting. We'll add it to our list of requested contemporary works. Thanks!
Lord of the Flies is too new to be in the public domain (it was published in 1954), but it's already on our last of copyrighted "classics" to pursue for the site.
The version we have on the site is actually the Ormsby translation, although it doesn't include the translator's note. The Raffel and Grossman translations are too new to be freely available in the public domain.
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Thanks for the suggestions, emilyyoung! We'll add them to our queue. And we'll see what we can do about Max Weber.
We do have "The Communist Manifesto" and "The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844," if you're interested in those.
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Who doesn't need more time for meditation in their life? We'll add Marcus Aurelius's "Meditations" to our queue.
Thanks for the suggestions. We'll add more Gaskell titles to our production queue.
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Sounds interesting. The book was published this June, and we'll add it to our list of contemporary, copyrighted works that have been requested for the site.
Cresswga is right--unfortunately this isn't yet in the public domain in the United States.
Thanks for the tip. We'll definitely look into it.
Great--so glad to hear you're enjoying it!
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Actually, the book was published in 1974, so it's still protected by copyright. I'm not sure how the full text is available online, but unfortunately we can't include it on DailyLit right away. We'll add it to our list of contemporary works, though.
Great idea--who doesn't like Jeeves? We'll see what we can find to add to our queue.
Unfortunately Watership Down isn't old enough to be in the public domain, but we'll add it to our list of copyrighted works to pursue for the site.
Glad to hear it, imnayda! And sburkett, love the avatar (I have the edition with that cover).
We'll definitely add them to the queue. Thanks!
We'll add these to our production queue. Thanks for the suggestions!
Glad to hear you like it--enjoy!
Definitely--we're actually already working on adding the ability to pay using PayPal.
The Catcher in the Rye is too new to be in the public domain (it was published in 1951), but we'll definitely add it to our list of copyrighted works to pursue for the site.
Oops--thanks for catching this. We've made the correction.
Thanks for pointing this out to us. We'll definitely take a look at it!
Great idea! We'll look into it right away. Thanks!
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll look into adding works by Carl Gustav Jung. Are there other psychologists or works you (or others) would like to see added to the site?
Good suggestions! We're actually already working on numbers 1 and 3, and your second idea is definitely an interesting one. What do others think--would you like to be able to connect with "friends" on DailyLit?
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll add Heidi to our production queue.
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I misspoke in my response--Beau Geste missed the cutoff for the public domain by just one year. Cresswga, the laws that govern copyright in the United States are quite complex. Works that were published before 1923 in the United States are in the public domain in the U.S. Outside of this category (including unpublished works created before 1923) the copyright laws get considerably more complicated, so it's always worth double- (and triple-) checking the copyright status of a work that you believe to be in the public domain. Hope that helps!
This book just missed being included in the public domain--and therefore freely available)--but two years! But, we'll add it to our list of copyrighted works to pursue for the site. Thanks for suggesting it!
We'll definitely add Nicholas Sparks to the list of contemporary authors to pursue for the site. Thanks!
Thanks for the suggestions. We do have quite a few contemporary romance novels on the site, and we're adding new ones every month (twenty more to come on May 1!), so we hope you can find some titles that you enjoy!
I think you might be thinking of the "Southern Victory" or "Timeline-191" series by Harry Turtledove. According to the Wikipedia page on Harry Turtledove, this series of alternate history novels consists of several smaller series and has no official title. But, the Wikipedia page doesn't say "Guns of the South" is part of that series, but rather a stand-alone book. Hope this helps--and if there are any Turtledove fans out there to help clarify, your comments are welcome!
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The Lord of the Rings is a copyrighted work (it's too new to be freely available in the public domain), so unfortunately we can't make it available right now. However, it is definitely on our list of contemporary, copyrighted titles to pursue for the site.
Thanks for these suggestions! We'll definitely add them to the production queue. In the meantime, you could check out Thackeray's "Vanity Fair," which is available on the site.
Sorry about this! We had a bug with "Pride and Prejudice" a few weeks ago, and it seems as if the problem hasn't been totally resolved. We're looking into it now and should have it fixed soon!
Unfortunately it doesn't appear that there are any English translations in the public domain. We'll add the German version to our production queue and keep looking for a public domain English translation.
Sorry for the slow response. We may add this feature in the future, but for now, the easiest way to browse the books that are available for free is to look in the "classics" category, since all of the books in that category are free. The free contemporary works we have can be found in the "contemporary" category.
Thanks for pointing this out. We'll work on fixing it right away.
It's not in the public domain--it was published in 1955--but we'll add it to our list of copyrighted works to pursue for the site. Thanks for suggesting it!
Great suggestions! We'll add these works to our production queue.
Thanks for the suggestions. These writers' works are all copyrighted, but we will add them to our list of contemporary works to pursue for the site.
Thanks for the suggestions. These authors are contemporary enough that all of their works are under copyright, but we'll add both writers to our list of copyrighted works to pursue for the site.
Great idea--there are a number of Pimpernel books in the public domain, so we'll add those to our production queue. Thanks!
Thanks for these suggestions. It looks like a few of William Carlos Williams's works might be in the public domain, so we'll try to track those down. Most of his work--and all of Larsen's work--is copyrighted, but we'll definitely add these to our list of contemporary works to pursue for the site.
His works aren't available in the public domain, but we'll add his titles to our list of copyrighted books to pursue for the site.
Unfortunately "Blue Castle" isn't in the public domain, but we'll add it to our list of copyrighted works to pursue for the site. We did recently launch "Anne of Green Gables," and we have a number of other L.M. Montgomery titles in our production list.
Thanks for the suggestions! We'll add Frances Burney's works to our production queue.
Sorry for the delay--we're working on getting HTML up and running, and we're definitely going to be offering comics after the HTML is ready to go. Stay tuned!
The Canterbury Tales are now available on DailyLit! Also available is a collection of other works that are or were once attributed to Chaucer.
Thanks for the suggestion. We're definitely happy to add it to our list!
Indeed--there are several translations that are available in the public domain. We'll add it to the queue. Thanks for suggesting this!
Thanks for the suggestions! We'll add them to the list of contemporary works that we're pursuing for the site.
Thanks for the suggestions. 1984 and Sylvia Plath's works are too recent to be available in the public domain, but we'll definitely add these to our list of contemporary works to pursue for the site.
Good news! We are slowly but surely starting to add short summaries of many of the classic works and their authors (see Anna Karenina or Pride and Prejudice for examples).
Thanks for the suggestions! We're always looking for ideas for works to add to the site. Since most of your suggestions are not in the public domain, we will add them to our growing list of contemporary works to pursue. In the meantime, we'll definitely look to add more classic fantasy books to DailyLit.
Too many classics, too little time...We'll definitely add this to the production queue right away!
It took a long time, but "Jo's Boys" and "Little Men" are both now up on DailyLit. Happy reading!
Thanks for the suggestion, robindj. We'll add "Belinda" to our production queue.
Calling all Austen-philes: we now have "Memoir of Jane Austen" by James Edward Austen-Leigh and "Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters" by William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh up on the site. These books offer a wonderful look at the woman behind the beloved works. Enjoy!
DailyLit's version of "Robinson Crusoe" did indeed come from Project Gutenberg. The novel originally had no chapter divisions whatsoever, and the chapters were created at a later date by people other than Defoe. I would guess that the discrepancies you noticed are due to the variations among different editions of the novel. Hope this helps!
Thanks for the suggestion--what a great idea! We'll work on adding to our Austen (and Austen-related) collection.
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll definitely check it out!
We've just added a new feature that will allow you to see what's new on DailyLit more easily. Just click on "Browse Books" at the top of the page, then select browse by "date added," and you'll see what we've been adding by date. Happy browsing!
Thanks for the suggestion. We're hard at work on improving the site, and we're planning to make it easier to see what's new on DailyLit.
We're glad you're enjoying it!
A great suggestion! It looks like only Volume I of "The Faerie Queene" is readily available, so we'll move that into production and keep looking for the remaining books.
Thanks for the suggestion. His work is too recent to be in the public domain, but we'll definitely add him to our list of books and authors to pursue with publishers.
Thanks for the suggestion. His work is too recent to be in the public domain, but we will add these titles to our list of contemporary works that we'd like to get on the site.
I'm happy to report that "Ailsa Paige" is now up on the site. Happy reading!
We're trying to help you out on our end. Was the book you were trying to read "War and Peace"? Did the rejection happen when you were trying to do initial inscription, or on a later installment? Could you let us know the specific error message you encountered?
Thanks for the suggestions. We'll work on finding a version of "Introduction to the Devout Life" as well as other St. Francis de Sales works that we can put on the site.
Thanks for the suggestion. "The Painted Veil" was published in 1925, so it's not yet in the public domain. We do have two other W. Somerset Maugham titles--"Of Human Bondage" and "The Moon and Sixpence."
Thanks for the suggestions. These are all books we hope to add to our growing collection--most of them are already in our queue of books to be processed, and we hope to have them up on the site soon.
We'll add these titles to the queue of books to be processed. Look for them on the site soon!
"Sylvie and Bruno" and "Phantasmagoria and Other Poems" are both up on the site. Happy reading!
Unfortunately there aren't any full English translations of "A Remembrance of Things Past" in the public domain. "Swann's Way," which we do have on the site in English, is the only section that's available in English.
All of those works are not yet in the public domain, but thanks for the suggestion. We're working with publishers to expand our collection, and we'll keep these titles in mind. You might check out "Expanded Universe," also by Robert A. Heinlein. Happy reading!
Thanks for suggesting it. We'll follow up with the publisher and see what might be possible.
Thanks for the suggestion! We'll add these books to our queue of books to be processed.
No need to lurk any longer--"Bulfinch's Mythology" is now up on the site. Happy reading!
Thanks for the suggestion. We've added "Northanger Abbey" to the satire category. Happy reading!
Sorry for the long delay--we are indeed still working on it, and we hope to have this up on the site very soon.
It's taken a long time, but Kafka's "Metamorphosis" is now available on the site. Happy reading!
"Anabasis" is now up on the site. We'll keep working on the rest of the suggested titles. Happy reading!
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It took a long time, but "Twenty Years After," "The Vicomte de Bragelonne," "Ten Years Later," and "Louise de la Valliere" have all been added to the site. Happy reading!
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We do plan to add other languages eventually, including Russian.
Sorry for the long delay in responding. We've added these to our queue of titles to be processed.
Sorry for the long delay in responding. Thanks for pointing this out to us, and thanks for your suggestion. We'll look into adding more H. Beam Piper titles.
Sorry for the long delay in responding. Tom Clancy's work is under copyright, so for now we can't upload any of his books so the site.
Sorry for the long delay in responding. We'll look into finding an English version of "Remembrance of Things Past."
Yes--C.S. Lewis's work is still copyrighted, but we're compiling a list of "classics" that are still under copyright so we can look into licensing them. We'll add Lewis to our list.
It's taken a long time, but we do now have one Mercedes Lackey title—"Music to My Sorrow." We're happy to have more suggestions, so feel free to let us know which of her works should be top priorities.
Sorry for the long delay in responding. We've added these to our queue of titles to be put up on the site.
Our apologies for the long delay in responding. This is a great suggestion—we'll add as many of her works as we can to our queue for processing.
Sorry for the slow response. These are all great suggestions--we'll add these to the queue of titles to be processed.
Sorry for our delayed response. We'll add this to the list of titles to be processed. Thanks for suggesting it!
Apologies for the slow response. We're happy to add this to the queue of titles to be processed--thanks for the suggestion.
A great suggestion. It's in the public domain, so we will add it to our queue of books to be processed.
Thanks for the suggestion, and sorry for the slow response. We will add it to our queue of books to be processed.