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  • A Poem of Changgan

  • Poem

    My hair had hardly covered my forehead.

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  • I was picking flowers, playing by my door,

  • When you, my lover, on a bamboo horse,

  • Came trotting in circles and throwing green plums.

  • We lived near together on a lane in Ch’ang-kan,

  • Both of us young and happy-hearted.

  • Poem

    ...At fourteen I became your wife,

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  • So bashful that I dared not smile,

  • And I lowered my head toward a dark corner

  • And would not turn to your thousand calls;

  • But at fifteen I straightened my brows and laughed,

  • Learning that no dust could ever seal our love,

  • That even unto death I would await you by my post

  • And would never lose heart in the tower of silent watching.

  • Poem

    ...Then when I was sixteen, you left on a long journey

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  • Through the Gorges of Ch’u-t’ang, of rock and whirling water.

  • And then came the Fifth-month, more than I could bear,

  • And I tried to hear the monkeys in your lofty far-off sky.

  • Your footprints by our door, where I had watched you go,

Welcome to a new way to read!

Regular books are just lines and pages of text but Literal books look like a group chat. This intro will show you how to:

  1. Change and use the 4 different reading modes.
  2. Interact with the book to comment, take notes, and more.

Auto Load


When you select Auto Load you can set your reading speed (WPM), press play, and read the story as if the book were a group chat happening live.

AI Reader


Selecting the AI Reader will add AI voices to Auto Load so that you can hear the book read to you while each line of the book loads.

Tap To Load


If you'd rather control when each line of the book loads select Tap To Load. As you read tap the “Next Message” button to load the next line.

Free Scroll


Free Scroll mode allows you to do just as the name implies and freely scroll up or down throughout the book. All messages are pre-loaded in this mode.

Reader Tools


While reading you can tap on a speech bubble to make social comments, write private notes, define words, and translate words or sentences.

Ready to start?


Ready to get started? Tap start and then the play button to start reading your first Literal book in Auto Load mode.