When academics and teachers get together one of the most common complaints they have about their students is that “young people these days” don’t do enough reading. I think they’ve always complained about it and I think they always will. Even so reading habits have definitely changed in the last few years. It’s more difficult to find time to sit down with a chunky novel and read it. I now spend almost as much time reading from a computer screen as I did reading dead tree books and journals in the 1980s. Help is at hand. Daily Lit sends you bite-sized installments of public domain novels, poems, and philosophical works by email at a pre-set time every day. The chunks take about five minutes to read and if you like you can request the next installment immediately. I think this could be a useful way of squeezing in extra reading. And yes, Moby Dick is there: 252 parts. Serialization is so nineteenth-century. Here’s that link again.