Our Internet-driven society has seen a decline in book reading, though not necessarily a decline in reading altogether. Despite book readers being less common than in past decades, we all do a fair amount of reading each day on our smartphones – reading messages from friends, or tweets, emails, Facebook posts, notifications, articles, and so on.
Serial Reader is an app for the iPhone and iPad that will send you new portion of a literary classic. Each snippet is created for a reading time of 20 minutes or less. The only books available are public domain, so it may be a challenge to find a book that students will find interesting. And some of these classics are definitely a product of their time. I started to read The Picture of Dorian Gray but it’s been a slog to get through. It appears that every paragraph is in actuality one sentence.
I subscribed to Moby Dick, a book I’ve never read. We’ll see how it goes.
The app is free to use, although there in-app purchases for features such as Cloud Sync and Read Ahead.
If you don’t have iOS devices, DailyLit will do the same thing, only over email.