Read An E-Book In Chunks Via Email With Bookman

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In theory, reading an e-book is an easy proposition. You can access e-books on your phone (as well as a gazillion other devices) so you should be able to pick them up and read a page or two whenever you feel like. Except when you don’t.

If you’re trying to read a little more but are having trouble actually picking up that digital book, a service called Bookman might help.

With Bookman, you can upload any ePub file and then have it delivered to you in chunks via email each day. Presumably you’re more diligent about reading your email than e-books, which will mean you’ll actually read some of that book each day (or at least be reminded that it’s a thing you want to do). And it gives you the freedom to read anywhere you have access to email.

Using the service requires you have an ePub file of the book, which you may or may not have depending on where you purchased it. The service does have a handful of titles you can choose from as well such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and A Tale of Two Cities.

Signing up for the service gets you the ability to read three books via email for free. Afterwards, you need to buy “Bookman tickets” for future titles. One ticket is $US2 ($3), but you can get three for $US4 ($6). If it’s a service that’s helpful for you, that isn’t a ton of cash.

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I signed up for Pride and Prejudice, which was broken up into 14 parts. That first email was six chapters long. It would have been nice to break it up into smaller chunks, but you can self-regulate that as well. No one says you have to finish that email in one sitting. You get the next snippet when you finish the first and press a button at the end.

Another solution to the whole not-reading issue could be to simply set a reminder to read each day. Again, you could easily just ignore that daily reminder, but it might be just what you need to get the motivation to open that digital book each day.


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