Just saw this news on one of my RSS feeds, so I went to the DailyLit site to verify. Sure enough, it’s free. Thanks Susan! The press release is below. If you aren’t familiar with DailyLit, I did a post about them a while back and also interviewed Susan Danziger, the CEO back in of 2008.
Here are some useful tips you may not know that can help make DailyLit even easier to use:
Customize: You can completely customize the delivery date, time, format (HTML or plain-text), and length (normal, 2X, or 4X) of your installments. Click on “Advanced” while you’re signing up for a book or click on the “Manage Your Book Settings” link at the end of any installmentthen click on “More” next to the name of the book you want to edit.
DailyLit, the site that lets you read ebooks in small chunks via email or RSS, has announced some new features including daily poems, the affiliate program, and twitter feeds. For more information on DailyLit, listen to the NSR interview with Susan Danziger, CEO/Founder.
-DailyLit collaborated with Poets & Writers to launch DailyLit’s public serialization program with daily poems. The series, launched yesterday in celebration of National Poetry Month, is called Masters of Verse: 30 Poems by Late, Great Authors. If you check out the landing page of the Poets & Writers site, you’ll see that if you click onthe “Read More” button a lightbox appears so that you can view a different poem a day directly on their site (the poem automatically changes each day). DailyLit supplied the widget that allows this public serialization. This widget is a great way to build community around a site (folks can return to the site each day to read a new installment — in this case a new poem — and if a reader wants to have a private RSS feed or have the installments sent to his or her email, they can sign up for the DailyLit book via that site.)
-DailyLit also just launched an affiliate program. If a third party affiliate site features a DailyLit title, and someone signs up for that title via that third party site, then in each installment of the featured book will be a note “You found us through [insert name of site]” with a link to that site. For instance, if you subscribe to Masters of Verse on the pw.org site, each installment says “You found us through Poets & Writers”). In fact, today Etsy, the huge online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade, is announcing Thoreau’s Walden as its new selection for its book club; DailyLit is working with Etsy to provide this book to their readers via the new affiliate program. It’s an exciting initiative particularly since Etsy has over two million community members!
-DailyLit recently launched an integration with Twitter that allows folks to link their DailyLit profile to Twitter. Their actions on DailyLit are automatically tweeted to their followers, e.g. starting a particular book, commenting in our forums, reviewing a book, adding a book to their “To Read” list or completing a book.
Daily Lit, the leading publisher of serialized books in digital format, recently announced a partnership with the University of North Carolina Press. Several UNC Press books will be digitized, including two children’s titles – Teach’s Light and Taffy of Torpedo Junction.
I really enjoy the format of Daily Lit titles. I get a daily email (RSS also available) with 1 – 3 minutes of reading from a title. It’s an easy way to read in small doses. For more information about Daily Lit, see previous NoShelfRequired posts from 9/29/08 and 11/21/08
I posted a while back about a wonderful eBook site, DailyLit. DailyLit sends me bits and pieces of eBooks to my email box each day, just enough to read for a minute or two. The first title I chose (yes, because it was free) was 100 Ways to Succeed by Tom Peters. Yesterday, #39 arrived. It said:
100 WAYS TO SUCCEED #39:
BLOG AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!
Blogging, I firmly believe, is the premier emergent marketing-brandbuilding-lovemark-creating tool of our times! It is the premier way to have intimate-engaging-informative-WOWing “conversations” with Clients and prospects! This all goes double for small enterprises and niche enterprises; and goes triple for the Professional Services; and works wonders in the Public Sector as well.
Do you see Blogging in these exalted lights? If not, why not? Please … Blog-As-If-Your-Professional-Success-Depended-On-It. (Hint: I think it does.)
Begin today! Appoint yourself Chief Blogging officer. Or, better yet, Chief Intimate Client Conversations Officer!
I can’t tell you how happy I was to realize that finally, I had accomplished one of the (so-far) 39 ways to succeed. Why am I bragging about this? Well, because now it’s your turn. No Shelf Required is here to provide a place for discussion between librarians, publishers, aggregators, book lovers, and spammers (oh wait, I delete those messages). So comment, post, rant, suggest, get your eBook message out. You’d be surprised how many people actually read this thing – worldwide! It surprises me every day.
Have you heard of DailyLit? – it’s pretty cool. DailyLit provides small installments of books to users through an email message or RSS feed, daily. Hey, since it’s not a piece of paper, I consider this an eBook! It was built on the premise that we don’t have time to read books, but yet we still find time to read email, so they combined the two!
They have over 950 titles either for free or a small access fee. Many are classics and now, some are provided by none other than Oxford University Press!
It’s easy to set-up a free account and get started. You can determine how frequently you want the installments delivered, and even choose the time of day. For my first title, I chose Tom Peter’s 100 Ways to Succeed and Make Money. My first installment (of 100) was a simple read of 362 words – all about being neat and tidy!
But my next title will definitely be: Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!) hmmm.
They have a blog, rating and review area, and plenty of ways for their members (over 125K) to converse. Check it out. I’m off to clean my desk 😉