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March 5, 2012 5:57 AM   Subscribe

[Book Filter] I'm looking for books with small, bite sized chapters for easy reading on my phone...

I've recently been reading more on Kindle on my phone. I'm looking for any books that have shorter chapters or sections so I can start and stop very easily. Im currently reading "Day by Day Armageddon" which is set up in a diary format and I like it (I'm aware that there is another in this series). I also think something like Bram Stokers "Dracula" might fit this, but its been awhile since I read it.

Keep in mind these are only examples...i'm looking for fiction and non-fiction in any genre. The important part is short chapters and interesting material. Also it obviously needs to be in digital format...preferably Kindle.
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posted by THAT William Mize at 6:03 AM on March 5, 2012

I usually read on my Nook, but have When Parents Text on Kindle on my BlackBerry and love it. It's perfect for a quick read (and a laugh) during the day/sitting at the doctor's office/whatever.
posted by getawaysticks at 6:06 AM on March 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Anything by Kurt Vonnegut, some of his stuff is available for the Kindle.
posted by rip at 6:19 AM on March 5, 2012

Have you tried Daily Lit? They separate books into email-sized chunks and send you one email each day. You can also request the next installment immediately if a chunk leaves you at a cliffhanger.
posted by agentmitten at 6:21 AM on March 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Instapaper has a long-reads site, maybe you could check that out? Not kindle, but similar
posted by oceanjesse at 6:36 AM on March 5, 2012

Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman.

Wiki: The novel fictionalizes Albert Einstein as a young scientist who is troubled by dreams as he works on his theory of relativity in 1905. The book consists of 30 chapters, each exploring one dream about time that Einstein had during this period. The framework of the book consists of a prelude, three interludes, and an epilogue. Einstein's friend, Michele Besso, appears in these sections. Each dream involves a conception of time...
posted by R. Mutt at 6:48 AM on March 5, 2012

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

Writing with a bright, crisp, journalistic flair, Kurlansky situates the cod in all its historic glory: the mysteries of the early Basque fisheries, the role of Catholic lean days in generating a profitable market, and the rise of the codfish aristocrats. The fish ascended from a commodity to a fetish: on coins, newspaper mastheads, tax stamps, official crests and seals. The author explains how a cod run could determine an entire regional economy and how salt cod figured in slave trading. Then came the steam engine and frozen food... - Kirkus
posted by R. Mutt at 6:57 AM on March 5, 2012

David Sedaris is perfect for this. "Me Talk Pretty One Day" is hilarious.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 6:57 AM on March 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Seconding David Sedaris! Also throwing out a suggestion for Carol Burnett's This Time Together. May not be something/someone you're into, but I got so many laughs out of the stuff Carol tells...it's written in a question-answer type format, so every story is pretty quick to read.
posted by PeppahCat at 7:02 AM on March 5, 2012

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krause Rosenthal. From Amazon: "Rosenthal has collected a lifetime of thoughts, observations, and decisions, and created an alphabetized personal encyclopedia, complete with cross-referenced entries and illustrations."

One of my favorite entries will give you an idea of the tone of the book: "GAS TANK. Every. Single. Solitary. Time I go to get gas I have to lean out the window to see which side the tank is on."
posted by stampsgal at 7:50 AM on March 5, 2012

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.
posted by Paquda at 8:09 AM on March 5, 2012

The chapters in "The Sisters Brothers" are quite short. It's a quick, good, read.
posted by backwards guitar at 9:01 AM on March 5, 2012

Sedaris was my first thought for books. But I also wanted to suggest you download Instapaper or a similar app, which allows you to save long articles from the internet as text-only so that you can read them later, even offline. I find I'm more likely to read stuff saved to Instapaper than I am to read books if, say, I'm waiting at the doctor's office or whatever.
posted by Brittanie at 6:37 PM on March 5, 2012

James Patterson's books have very short chapters.
posted by SisterHavana at 9:37 PM on March 5, 2012

McCarthy's The Road was largely composed of brief sub-chapter sections.

At the other end of the comedy-horror spectrum: Bear v. Shark, a wicked piece of media satire doled out in snippets and soundbites.
posted by Rhaomi at 9:50 PM on March 5, 2012

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