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Friday, May 25, 2007

Classics for the Commuter

Want to digest War and Peace on your way to work? According to Reuters, a new Web site,, will e-mail bite-sized portions of classics to Blackberries and other hand-held devices each day. For example, Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days is divided into 82 parts. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is more daunting; it would take 430 days to read each five-minute segment!

The site offers about 370 books — mostly classics — for free. DailyLit’s cofounder, Albert Wenger, reports that 50,000 people have signed up so far.

If you like your reading in larger doses, the Fairfax County Public Library offers several methods for reading or listening to hundreds of online ebooks and eAudiobooks. You can find the book titles listed in our online catalog. Just type “ebook” or “eaudiobook” in the Subject field.

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