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A Name Earned

  • Not Again

  • Profile Picture of Dad in A Name Earned


    “It was an accident.”

  • Bobby Byington

    How many times have I heard that?

    Profile Picture of Bobby Byington in A Name Earned
  • It was an accident.

  • From the time I was a little kid.

  • It was an accident.

  • Dad didn’t mean to break my shoulder.

  • Hoke, yeah, he might have meant to shove me down the stairs.

  • Bobby Byington

    But the stairs are carpeted, the floor is carpeted— what’s my problem anyway?

    Profile Picture of Bobby Byington in A Name Earned
  • It was an accident.

  • So Mom left, and I dug a hole in the backyard, behind a giant oak tree.

  • I had to hide somewhere.

  • I found an old wooden door at a nearby junkyard and somehow carried it home.

  • Bobby Byington

    I tossed it over our backyard fence, dragged it across the yard, and covered the hole with it.

    Profile Picture of Bobby Byington in A Name Earned
  • I glued leaves and grass and broken branches on top of the door, so it looked like our weedy and overgrown backyard.

  • Nothing more.

  • So I now had my very own secret backyard room.

  • And since it was summertime and Dad didn’t report me missing, I was free.

  • Yeah.

Welcome to Literal!

Books on Literal are a little different, they look like a group chat. Characters have profile pictures and each sentence becomes a chat bubble.

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There are 4 different ways to experience reading: Auto Play, Audio Support, Tap To Read, and Free Scroll.

Tap “Next” to learn more.

Auto Play

Auto Play is the default reading mode. With Auto Play, text message bubbles load automatically.

You can play, pause, or skip forward at any time.

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Audio Reader

Turning on Audio Reader adds unique audio voices for each character. Just like with Auto Play, each bubble loads automatically.

Tap the speaker icon in the control bar to turn enable Audio Support.

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Tap to Read

If you want to control when every bubble appears, simply tap the skip forward icon. Doing so will automatically pause Auto Play or Audio Reader.

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Free Scroll

At any time you can scroll/swipe. We’ll automatically pause Auto Play or Audio Reader if you scroll/swipe while either are playing.