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Find Time to Read

Written by Chris Routledge, 11th June 2007

When academics and teachers get together one of the most common complaints they have about their students is that "young people these days" don't do enough reading. I think they've always complained about it and I think they always will. Even so reading habits have definitely changed in the last few years. It's more difficult to find time to sit down with a chunky novel and read it. I now spend almost as much time reading from a computer screen as I did reading dead tree books and journals in the 1980s. Help is at hand. Daily Lit sends you bite-sized installments of public domain novels, poems, and philosophical works by email at a pre-set time every day. The chunks take about five minutes to read and if you like you can request the next installment immediately. I think this could be a useful way of squeezing in extra reading. And yes, Moby Dick is there: 252 parts. Serialization is so nineteenth-century. Here's that link again.

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