I’m a big fan of DailyLit, a free service that offers *also free* classic books in the public domain (copyright expired), presented electronically in bite-size e-mailed excerpts. (Other, newer books are sometimes made available by current nonfiction authors and contemporary writers like Cory Doctorow, who wrote Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, an enjoyable 2003 sci-fi novella set in, that’s right, a futuristic Disney World.
Sometimes there’s a small charge for the e-book but there’s plenty for free.
You can choose how often or on what days you wish to receive installments. For instance, progam your DailyLit selection to, say, e-mail you every weekday morning to enjoy for a few minutes with your morning office coffee, or arrange a midday ping to liven the mid-afternoon slump when you’re an at-home parent seeking a couple of grownup minutes.
And it’s not just for adults, of course — a busy older child can pick up a daily installment while riding the bus to school or on the way to soccer practice. DailyLit offers great juvenile titles too, like Little Women, E. Nesbit’s The Enchanted Castle and The Three Musketeers.
A new update I just received from DailyLit yesterday announces new books and features, including a To-Read queue, reader ratings and reviews, and a members page.
So no more feeling like you accomplished nothing today — you did squeeze in 10 minutes of Oscar Wilde, and you should feel good about that.