The Lazy, Cheap, and Easy Way to Read a Book

  1. Not only is it the answer to everything, but it’s also the number of times you have you said “I don’t have time to read books.”

Okay, maybe you haven’t said that, but you probably know someone who has. I do read books, but I’ve also been known to wish for more time to read.

And then I go read blogs and/or email for 3 hours.

Thankfully, other people have this same problem. What happens when you have a problem that many people have? Someone comes up with a cool solution.

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

I first mentioned DailyLit back in June. DailyLit is awesome. FINIS.

No, I didn’t just misspell “Finish.” “FINIS” is apparently what Jane Austin wrote at the end of the book Emma. I know this because I just finished it through email (I used the “send me the next part immediately” link a lot). The word FINIS was at the end of the final DailyLit email for the book.

I also read Pride and Prejudice via DailyLit and I’m a little under half way through A Tale of Two Cities. As soon as it gets closer to Christmas I’m going to read A Christmas Carol.

Don’t like email? No problem. DailyLit will also publish books to an RSS feed you can subscribe to.

Oh, and it’s all free. Unless you read a book that’s not free to them, then it costs money, but I have only been reading the free books. No, I don’t get any money from referring you to them.

And yes, I really did read Pride and Prejudice and Emma. I’ve been made fun of by both guys and girls for it, but I am not ashamed. They’re good books! If I were a betting man I’d bet that those who make fun of others for reading them have not themselves read the books. To those people I would say, go ye therefore and read them.

And to prove how good the books are, here’s a quote that my dancing friends will enjoy.

It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind;--but when a beginning is made-- when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt--it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more. - Jane Austen, Emma, Part II, Chapter XI

Indeed, I have rarely met anyone who, once they had enjoyed a bit of dancing did not want more of it. I think the same goes for reading. When a beginning has been made it must be very heavy set that does not ask for more. So start reading a book already!

Dance, Books, Reading, DailyLit


  1. Julian

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for that. It’s brilliant.

  2. justin another good one is ScriptureCast. tell them what scriptures you want to read (it even includes conference) and when you want to finish by, and it will generate a custom podcast that will feed you chapters or talks at the necessary rate to make sure you finish by the time you want…
  3. Ryan Oh wow! That’s awesome! Thanks for the link. I’m gonna sign up for conference.
  4. Karen

    I did it!!! I’m going to start reading Sense and Sensibility! YAY!

    and I know why you read all those Jane Austen books… A lot of Jane Austen is free!