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  • Barack Obama, First Inaugural Address

  • Barack Obama

    Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice,

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  • members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

  • Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.

  • We affirm the promise of our democracy.

  • We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.

  • Barack Obama

    What makes us exceptional -- what makes us American -- is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

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    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal;

  • that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;

  • that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

  • Barack Obama

    Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.

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  • For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing;

  • that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.

  • The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob.

  • They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

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    And for more than two hundred years, we have.

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  • Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.

  • We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

  • Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers.

  • Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

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.

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