dailylit http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/527/all en-US And One for the "Readers": LibriVox http://www.wisebread.com/and-one-for-the-readers-librivox <p><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/64/194128606_201a7b8251_m.jpg" alt="bookshelf" width="240" height="114" /></p> <p>A short while back <a href="/for-all-you-readers-out-there">we learned about DailyLit</a> , a service that delivers public domain literature works to your email inbox in easily-digestible chunks. But what if you don&#39;t feel like reading? Or what if your eyes are too busy doing something else, like knitting, or cooking, or solving Fermat&#39;s last theorem (what, it was getting a little too domestic there!)? In this modern age, we&#39;re all about multitasking, after all. Well, friends, reading the classics has entered the age of the internet: it&#39;s free and convenient, and doesn&#39;t even involve reading anymore! Now that&#39;s progress. </p> <p><a href="http://librivox.org/">LibriVox</a> is a free service that offers a growing collection (689 and counting) of public domain literature works as downloadable audio files. It&#39;s like books on tape, except it&#39;s free, and there&#39;s no tape -- just download the files directly to your computer. Even with the public domain limitation, and in spite of the significant time it takes to record entire books as audio files, there is still an impressive catalog. You&#39;ve got your whole <a href="http://librivox.org/pride-and-prejudice-by-jane-austen/" title="Pride and Prejudice">you</a>-<a href="http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3445" title="The Wizard of Oz">saw</a>-<a href="http://librivox.org/alices-adventures-in-wonderland-by-lewis-carroll/" title="Alice in Wonderland">the</a>-<a href="http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3786" title="Last of the Mohicans">movie</a>-<a href="http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1371" title="The Three Musketeers">now</a>-<a href="http://librivox.org/war-of-the-worlds-solo-by-h-g-wells/" title="War of the Worlds">read</a>-<a href="http://librivox.org/dracula-by-bram-stoker/" title="Bram Stoker&#39;s Dracula">the</a>-<a href="http://librivox.org/the-story-of-doctor-dolittle-by-hugh-lofting/" title="Dr. Doolittle">book</a> camp. There&#39;s a sizable collection from <a href="http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?title=&amp;author=shakespeare&amp;reader=&amp;status=all&amp;type=&amp;language=&amp;bc=&amp;mc=&amp;cat=&amp;genre=&amp;action=Search" title="Will Shakespeare">the old Bard</a>. You can even read up on <a href="http://librivox.org/a-modest-proposal-by-jonathan-swift/" title="A Modest Proposal">baby-eating</a> and <a href="http://librivox.org/the-art-of-war-by-sun-tzu/" title="The Art of War">crushing your adversaries and rising to the megalomaniacal power you unquestionably deserve</a>. And their catalog is not limited to English: <a href="http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?title=&amp;author=&amp;reader=&amp;status=all&amp;type=&amp;language=German&amp;bc=&amp;mc=&amp;cat=&amp;genre=&amp;action=Search" title="German">many</a> <a href="http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?title=&amp;author=&amp;reader=&amp;status=all&amp;type=&amp;language=French&amp;bc=&amp;mc=&amp;cat=&amp;genre=&amp;action=Search" title="French">languages</a> <a href="http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?title=&amp;author=&amp;reader=&amp;status=all&amp;type=&amp;language=Japanese&amp;bc=&amp;mc=&amp;cat=&amp;genre=&amp;action=Search" title="Japanese">are</a> <a href="http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?title=&amp;author=&amp;reader=&amp;status=all&amp;type=&amp;language=Finnish&amp;bc=&amp;mc=&amp;cat=&amp;genre=&amp;action=Search" title="Finnish">represented</a>. Chapters are available as mp3s, ogg vorbis files, or podcasts. </p> <p>It&#39;s a non-profit, volunteer-only project from some warm friendly folks up in <a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Canuck">Canuckistan</a>. This means you get a broad range of voices reading the selections, from people who care about literature and sharing it with others. There are forums blogs, and plenty of bookish links that foster a sense of community, and the site&#39;s administrators make anyone interested in contributing their voice to the project feel very welcome.</p> <p>So download a couple chapters, pick up your knitting needles, and get yourself edumacated! </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tannaz-sassooni">Tannaz Sassooni</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/and-one-for-the-readers-librivox">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-all-you-readers-out-there">For all you Readers out there</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-happier">Book review: Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/read-for-free">Read for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-alternative-investments-for-long-term-enjoyment-and-appreciation">3 Alternative &quot;Investments&quot; for Long Term Enjoyment and Appreciation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-em-this-season">Book &#039;Em This Season</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure audiobooks books books on tape dailylit librivox Wed, 07 Feb 2007 19:23:34 +0000 Tannaz Sassooni 257 at http://www.wisebread.com For all you Readers out there http://www.wisebread.com/for-all-you-readers-out-there <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/logo_small.gif" alt="DailyLit" title="DailyLit logo" width="154" height="53" /> </p> <p>I have a confession to make...I&#39;m a Reader. With a capital &quot;R&quot;. And I always have been. For as long as I can remember, I&#39;m the one who picks up that magazine on the back of the toilet, no matter what it is, to browse, even if I only have to pee. If I can&#39;t find a magazine, I&#39;ve been known to read the backs of shampoo bottles to pass the time. As a child, I would read the labels of groceries when I went shopping with my mom, because at least it was something. I am seriously addicted to the written word. I can&#39;t help it. </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>That said, I&#39;ve discovered a new service and I just have to share. It&#39;s at <a href="http://www.dailylit.com" target="_blank" title="DailyLit">dailylit.com</a> , and is for any other Readers out there. Basically, it allows you to read a book in installments via email. It works like this:</p> <p>1. Choose a title. Since they don&#39;t want to violate copywrite, Dailylit largely (if not exclusively) deals in classic works, which is actually perfect for what they do. While I may actually want to read <em>Barchester Towers</em>, Trollope is just not an author who holds my interest for...well...much longer than 3 or 4 pages. Since their installments are shorter than that, I will be able to read it in sections I can handle. </p> <p>2. Tell Dailylit when you want to receive installments. Everyday? Weekends? Three times a week? And at what time?</p> <p>3. Give them your email address.</p> <p>Really, it&#39;s as simple as all that. They will begin to send you your book, and you can read a novel in email-sized chunks without purchasing it, or running to the library, or waiting until you get in touch with the friend who can lend it to you. As an added bonus, it&#39;s highly compatible with work because it looks like any other email, and takes about as long to read! </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-all-you-readers-out-there">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/and-one-for-the-readers-librivox">And One for the &quot;Readers&quot;: LibriVox</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-em-this-season">Book &#039;Em This Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/another-one-for-the-readers-0">Another one for the readers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-happier">Book review: Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/read-for-free">Read for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure books dailylit reading Wed, 24 Jan 2007 08:06:51 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 205 at http://www.wisebread.com