So I just came across a mindboggling story on the wires from the Kansas City Star. Seems there's this new website, dailylit.com, at which you can sign up for email installments of more than 500 different books. Each segment arrives in a chunk digestible in about five minutes. The idea is that people don't have time to devote to reading every books, especially classics (hello, Moby-Dick). So you just grab a few minutes when you're on your Blackberry or checking your email, and you make your way through the book slowly but surely. The service is free for some classics; others cost $4.95. The idea is to supplement, not replace, reading.
But here's what freaked me out: Susan Danziger, one of the founders, tested the program by reading Pride and Prejudice this way. Now what self-respecting literarily inclined woman reads P&P one page at a time!? How could you possibly stand not to speed through it breathlessly? HOW? I don't understand. Just rent the miniseries if your time is that valuable.
On the other hand, Moby-Dick comes in 252 handy segments . . .