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Serialize Your Own Books with New Serial Reader Update

10/27/2020 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

With the latest new version of Serial Reader released today you can now automatically serialize your own books, in addition to the over 750 classic books available in the app! Plus there are some extra new features for iOS folks, including homescreen widgets and custom reading schedules

Serialize Your Books

With version 4.0 of Serial Reader, you can now serialize and read your own books in addition to the 750+ classic books available in the app. Simply add any EPUB file in the app and Serial Reader will automatically divide the book into bite-sized issues, each able to be read in 20 minutes or less. It's a great way to tackle more challenging books or just fit more reading into your busy day.

I've been reading a couple of my own books in Serial Reader this way. It's been especially helpful for reading a sometimes less-than-thrilling book for my day job on working remotely (hi, 2020) as well as some fiction. You can see below just started rereading the Star Wars Thrawn trilogy and The Great Gatsby. If you own some EPUB books and have had trouble getting through them, or want to read them a bit more slowly, reading them in small bits once a day is a great way to progress through a book and retain more info.

If you've upgraded to Serial Premium you can add as many of your books as you'd like! Other users can add one of their own books to try out the new feature.

Homescreen Widgets

Also new in version 4.0 for iOS users are handy new homescreen widgets that help you keep track of your current books. Each one is super customizable with a range of colors and fonts to help the widgets fit in to any screen layout.

Custom Schedules

Not only that, but with version 4.0 of Serial Reader you can also now set custom delivery days for specific books. This lets you configure which days and which hour you want to receive new issues for particular books. Want to only receive new issues on weekends? Every other day? Now you can! Select which hour and days you want new issues for each subscribed book with Serial Reader's iOS version.

Download Serial Reader today from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store!

Thank You!

I've been working on Serial Reader for just about 5 years now, which is honestly hard to wrap my mind around. What started as a personal project with a couple books, focused on improving my own reading habits, has grown into a multiplatform project with more than 750 books and thousands of readers.

Thank you all for your support! Please keep the great ideas, feedback, and questions coming. You've helped make Serial Reader what it is and I'll absolutely need your help keeping it improving over the next 5 years. I hope your next great read is right around the corner!

- Michael

New Serial Wednesdays: From Hawaii to Scotland to France to Outer Space

08/19/2020 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

Yikes it's been a while since I had some new books to let you know about! I've been working hard on updates to the Serial Reader app. Stay tuned for more on that, or join the beta program to get an early look at new features before they're widely available.

New selections now available in Serial Reader include a fascinating history of Hawaii from its last monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani, as well as a more leisurely travelogue from Henry David Thoreau in "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers." As for fiction, journey to the midst of the Jacobite Rising with Walter Scott's "Waverley," or the depths of WWI with "Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos, or into outer space with John W. Campbell's sci-fi adventures.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Henry David Thoreau
38 issues
Hawaii's Story
Queen Liliʻuokalani
34 issues
The Shining Pyramid
Arthur Machen
4 issues
Walter Scott
37 issues
Three Soldiers
John Dos Passos
43 issues
The Black Star Passes
John W. Campbell
23 issues

Utopias, Comforting Reads, and the End of the World

04/03/2020 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

It's April 2020 and things are not normal. If you're like me, your reading habits have been thrown into disarray like so much else right now. I've found myself running between comfortable escapes and imagined grim futures we seem to suffering through. I thought I'd offer some collections of books available in Serial Reader for anyone else feeling the same way.

The End of the World

The Last Man
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
72 issues
The Poison Belt
Arthur Conan Doyle
13 issues
Journal of the Plague Year
Daniel Defoe
27 issues

Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley describes in The Last Man a deadly plague that threatens to destroy society. Arthur Conan Doyle's The Poison Belt - a sequel of sorts to The Lost World - Professor Challenger and associates try to survive a planet-wide wave of death. Finally, Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year vividly chronicles the Great Plague which ravaged London in 1665.

Comforting Reads

The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame
23 issues
My Man Jeeves
P.G. Wodehouse
22 issues
The Book of Tea
Okakura Kakuzo
6 issues

It's more than ok to look to escape and what better option than the adventures of Rat, Toad, and Mole in The Wind in the Willows? Or perhaps the hilarious idiocy of Wooster and his friends in My Man Jeeves? Or take a more relaxing approach with The Book of Tea: an essay aimed at explaining the connection between teaism, Taoism, and the aesthetics of Japanese culture to a western audience.


Thomas More
13 issues
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
24 issues
Anna Adolph
10 issues

Explore how the world may be made better with ruminations on utopias, from Thomas More's Utopia, to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's vision of a peaceful world absent of men in Herland, to the utopian adventure that awaits in Anna Adoplh's Arqtiq.

Other Recommendations

If reading in short bursts really isn't working for you these days, I highly recommend Standard Ebooks for high quality public domain books, or Libby for checking digital books out from your local library.

Hope everyone stays safe and sane! We can do this 💪

It's Getting Spooky: New Dark Mode features and app icons in iOS, scary story suggestions for Halloween

09/25/2019 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

Dark Mode support and customizable reading themes now available in Serial Reader for iOS

A new update is rolling out today for Serial Reader on iOS devices with support for iOS 13, especially Apple's new Dark Mode feature! Serial Reader will now automatically shift from light to dark themes when your device activates Dark Mode.

Additionally, you can now select different reading themes to use for light and dark modes! By default the reading screen will shift to a black theme automatically when Dark Mode is enabled. However, you can customize which particualr reading theme should be used by tapping the Settings icon in the top right while reading, then selecting the "Theme" option.

Maybe you'd prefer a light reading theme in Dark Mode, or you'd like a parchment-style theme regardless of what mode is enabled - whatever your preference, you can now customize Serial Reader to look just the way you want!

There are also a new selection of alternate app icons to choose from in iOS for Serial Premium folks, including a fun new Halloween option!

Speaking of Halloween, starting today you'll find some spooky story suggestions while browsing for new books in Serial Reader. And come October, don't miss the Halloween collection of scary stories!

New Serial Wednesdays: Shakespearean Comedies, Doppelgangers, Undercover Reporting

07/31/2019 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." How foolish indeed to go so long without such classics as The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, and The Merchant of Venice available in Serial Reader!

The wrong has been righted this week with the addition of several Shakespearean comedies, joining others already available like Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare
16 issues
The Taming of the Shrew
William Shakespeare
14 issues
The Comedy of Errors
William Shakespeare
11 issues
As You Like It
William Shakespeare
14 issues

Jumping forward a few hundred years, we come to an unsettling short story of an eerie doppelgänger from Edgar Allan Poe, which may have been an inspiration for Jordan Peele's horror film "Us"

William Wilson
Edgar Allan Poe
3 issues

From fictional horrors to those all too real: read Nellie Bly's undercover investigation of the brutality and neglect in late 19th century insane asylums with Ten Days in a Mad-House. Her work "pioneered a path for women in newspapers and launched what morphed into serious investigative journalism," writes The Washington Post. Bly's work is being recognized at long last with a monument in her honor in New York.

Ten Days in a Mad-House
Nellie Bly
10 issues

Other new additions this week include a philosophical monument in Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, treasured children stories from Beatrix Potter, and a sci-fi short story from Mack Reynolds.

Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant
63 issues
Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter
19 issues
Mack Reynolds
8 issues

Until next week, happy reading!

New Serial Wednesdays: Disney Favorites and UFOs

07/24/2019 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

This week's collection of new books available in Serial Reader include two favorites: "The Adventures of Pinocchio" and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." They join several others that have been transformed into treasured movies by Disney -- find them all in the new Disney Favorites collection of books!

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi
14 issues
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
2 issues

Also new this week is a fascinating book called "The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort. It's an investigation of various scientific anomalies: strange things falling from the sky, strange disappearances, sightings of supposedly mythological animals, and yes - UFOs. (It's worth noting some claim Fort viewed the whole endeavor as a bit of a joke.)

The Book of the Damned
Charles Fort
32 issues

Rounding out the new selections are a collection of short stories by H.G. Wells, a romance from Victoria Cross, and a novel mixing Irish mythology and philosophy from James Stephens:

Thirty Strange Stories
H.G. Wells
35 issues
The Crock of Gold
James Stephens
18 issues
The Night of Temptation
Victoria Cross
25 issues

Until next week, happy reading!

New Serial Wednesdays: Myths, Poems, and Arctic Adventures

07/17/2019 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

As I type this the thermometer outside my window is threatening to cross 90 degrees. The weather report assures me it'll be 100 before the day is out. If you're in a similar predicament, take a moment and consider soaring to the ice cold Arctic pole in a fantastic turn-of-the-century flying machine built by the heroine of Arqtiq, a fascinating feminist utopia sci-fi novel from Anna Adolph.

Liza Daly writes of the 1899 book, in her excellent exploration of Adolph's novel, "it's the writing style that makes the book truly unique. The prose feels modernist—staccato, ungrammatical, weirdly punctuated—but with a hypnotic rhythm that lends the whole work a kind of dreamlike intelligibility... At times it reads like the output of a neural net—it resembles the contours of human prose, but is thoroughly alien."

Anna Adolph
10 issues

Also new in Serial Reader this week are two new collection of poetry from William Blake and -- returning to the cold weather theme -- Robert W. Service with his "ballads of the Yukon."

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
William Blake
4 issues
Songs of a Sourdough
Robert W. Service
11 issues

And finally take a dive into myths, sagas, and legends with Bulfinch's Mythology and James Stephens' Irish Fairy Tales. The former is one of the most popular collections of classical mythology, while the latter was described as "a work of true genius" by The Millions' Austin Ratner.

Bulfinch's Mythology
Thomas Bulfinch
99 issues
Irish Fairy Tales
James Stephens
22 issues

If you'd like to keep up with new book additions, check out the RSS feed and email newsletter. Until next week, happy reading!

New Serial Wednesdays: Sagas Old and New

06/19/2019 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

This week's collection of new books includes coming of age stories, sagas passed down through the ages, and at least one mystery to untangle.

Starting in the far past, Albert T. Clay's 1920 translation of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" is now available. Fast forward two thousand years or so and join Julius Caesar as he strives against the peoples in Gaul, the Rhine, and Britain in "Commentaries on the Gallic War" from 58 BC.

The Epic of Gilgamesh
5 issues
Commentaries on the Gallic War
Julius Caesar
23 issues

Speaking of Britain, the other three new titles come from lauded authors of the British isles. Virginia Woolf's "Night and Day" and Catherine Carswell's "Open the Door!" both follow the romances, struggles, and lessons of women in early 20th century Britain. Finally, J.S. Fletcher's "Scarhaven Keep" travels to mysterious Scarhaven on the coast of England to untangle an actor's disappearance.

Open the Door!
Catherine Carswell
51 issues
Night and Day
Virginia Woolf
49 issues
Scarhaven Keep
J.S. Fletcher
29 issues

Until next week, happy reading!

New Serial Wednesdays: Hawaii Edition

06/05/2019 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

Houses of Kalanimoku, Prime Minister of the King, 1819

When adding new books to Serial Reader I often follow a theme that grabs my attention and this time it's Hawaii! I have family who live on the islands so I'm a little surprised at myself that it's taken this long to add some Hawaiian books.

These three titles are just the start - I have several more Hawaiian books I'm working through adding at the moment!

The Legends and Myths of Hawai'i
David Kalakaua
58 issues
The House of Pride
Jack London
11 issues
Hawaiian Folk Tales
23 issues

Rounding out the rest of the new additions are some often-requested titles I'm happy to finally offer in Serial Reader:

Journal of the Plague Year
Daniel Defoe
27 issues
Bhagavad Gita
11 issues
The Conquest of Bread
Peter Kropotkin
23 issues

Until next week, happy reading!

New Serials: A cornucopia of updates from Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dante, Virginia Woolf, Jules Verne and more

02/10/2019 · Michael Schmitt · permalink

I've been adding oodles and oodles of new books to Serial Reader over the past week or two and really need to take a break to highlight them all, before this becomes a blog post with like three dozen books! (Just checked and we're only at two dozen - whew.)

There's a few much-requested books I've finally added (sorry sorry sorry), including Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and the remaining installments in Dante's Divine Comedy:

Monday or Tuesday
Virginia Woolf
7 issues
Much Ado About Nothing
William Shakespeare
16 issues
16 issues
15 issues

The poetry collection in Serial Reader has always been a little lacking so I've been on the hunt for great titles to add. Two new ones to report here, including works from William Blake and Gertrude Stein:

Songs of Innocence and of Experience
William Blake
7 issues
Tender Buttons
Gertrude Stein
8 issues

Some more perilous choices now available include the next installment in Tarzan's adventures, sci-fi exploits from Jules Verne and Carey Rockwell, and thrilling reads from the early days of America:

The Pathfinder
James Fenimore Cooper
59 issues
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
Edgar Rice Burroughs
22 issues
Five Weeks in a Balloon
Jules Verne
29 issues
Stand for Mars
Carey Rockwell
21 issues
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Mary Rowlandson
7 issues

And finally, there's a handful of new philosophical and religious books to choose from including works by Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Laozi:

Nicomachean Ethics
29 issues
The Created Legend
Fyodor Sologub
23 issues
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Friedrich Nietzsche
29 issues
Tao Te Ching
7 issues

Serial Reader now features more than 600 titles! If there's any books you'd like me to add, don't hesitate to reach out and let me know. Thanks for your support!

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