I’ve recently read a bit about some interesting options for accessing books in the public domain. If you want to tackle a book one bite-size chunk at a time head over to DailyLit. You can sign up for a book to be emailed to each day in small passages that can be read in about 5 minutes. If you request a behemoth like War and Peace and assuming you read one passage a day, you can look forward to reading it over the next 675 days. Of course, if you just “can’t put it down” you can always request the next passage immediately. This is an incredibly creative idea, I’ve yet to put it to use but it’s tempting.
If you’d prefer to listen to one of the many books in the public domain you can head over to LibriVox (what’s with the crazy capitalization?). This site has a collection of audio books recorded by volunteers. You can download books by chapter or in their entirety. And if you want to take part you can sign up to volunteer your voice. I’ve downloaded their version of Pride and Prejudice. My wife absolutely loves this book so I thought I might try it out. I listened to the first minute or so and the first reader has a charmingly authentic British accent.