Some people who struggle to finish a novel may have no problem reading hundreds of Tweets in one sitting. If you can figure it out, you don’t need to trade in your smartphone for an e-reader; an app called Serial Reader encourages you to consume more fiction by presenting classic literature in easy-to-digest packages.
With Serial Reader, users have access to over 800 free books in the public domain. Instead of linking to the full text, the app divides the novels into bite-sized “problems” that can be read in 20-minute increments. Users receive a new piece every day until the book is finished.
For readers who enjoy spending hours curled up with a book, the thought of stopping after 20 minutes can be frustrating. But according to app creator Michael Schmitt, there are benefits to approaching reading as a sprint rather than a marathon.
“I created the app to improve my reading habits by slowing down: limiting myself to digesting smaller parts of dense literature for several days has helped me think more critically about work and retain more history,” he wrote on the app’s website. “Others find it a great way to skim through otherwise daunting books or luxuriously re-read old favorites.” And if you’re looking for a distraction on your phone that isn’t news or social media, Serial Reader is a great alternative.
Classic volumes like War and peace, Moby-Dick, and Pride and Prejudice are just a few of the titles in Serial Reader’s extensive library. You can start reading them today by downloading the free app from the App Store or Google Play.