DailyLit is a site where busy people can sign up to receive short installments of books via email or RSS feed. Many of these titles cost money (generally $5-$10), however over 800 titles are completely free! It’s worth having a look at the site if you don’t have time to sit down and read a book, but have time to read a short 3-5 minute excerpt as you check your email. You can also join the online community and contribute to the forum discussions, as well as adding your own ratings and reviews.
According to the site creators, “We got the idea for DailyLit after the New York Times serialized a few classic works in special supplements a few summers ago. We wound up reading books that we had always meant to simply by virtue of making them part of our daily routine of reading the newspaper. The only thing we do more consistenly than read the paper is read email. Bingo! We put together a first version and began reading “War of the Worlds” and “Pride and Prejudice“. We showed it to friends, added more books and features at their request, and presto, DailyLit was born.”
“You can read your installments wherever you receive e-mail/RSS feeds, including on your Blackberry and iPhone. Installments arrive in your Inbox according to the schedule you set (e.g. 7:00am every weekday). You can read each installment in under 5 minutes (most folks finish in 2-3 minutes), and, if you have more time to read, you can receive additional installments immediately on demand. Our titles include bestselling and award winning titles, from literary fiction and romance to language learning and science fiction.”
If this type of reading doesn’t appeal to you, but you know someone who would appreciate it, you can even give them a gift subscription where each installment arrives at a selected time each day along with a personalized message from you.
As blogs and other web pages are created, they generate a behind-the-scenes code in a language similar to HTML called XML. By ‘subscribing’ to this RSS code or ‘feed’, you can access the content of newsfeeds, websites and blogs without having to visit those sites. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary (or Real Simple Syndication).
How will it help students with their research?
With the vast amounts of information available on the web, students increasingly need to learn ways to easily access and keep track of information they really need, without wasting a lot of time searching. With RSS feeds, you can immediately be updated when new information on your topic is published.
How to set up an RSS Feed Reader (Aggregator) OPTION 1