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The Time Machine

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  • I. Introduction

  • Narrator

    The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.

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  • His pale grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated.

  • The fire burnt brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed and passed in our glasses.

  • Our chairs, being his patents, embraced and caressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon, and there was that luxurious after-dinner atmosphere, when thought runs gracefully free of the trammels of precision.

  • And he put it to us in this way—marking the points with a lean forefinger—as we sat and lazily admired his earnestness over this new paradox (as we thought it) and his fecundity.

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    The Time Traveller

    “You must follow me carefully.

  • I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted.

  • The geometry, for instance, they taught you at school is founded on a misconception.”

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    Filby

    “Is not that rather a large thing to expect us to begin upon?”

  • Narrator

    said Filby, an argumentative person with red hair.

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    The Time Traveller

    “I do not mean to ask you to accept anything without reasonable ground for it.

  • You will soon admit as much as I need from you.

  • You know of course that a mathematical line, a line of thickness nil, has no real existence.

  • They taught you that?

  • Neither has a mathematical plane.

  • These things are mere abstractions.”

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    The Psychologist

    “That is all right,”

  • Narrator

    said the Psychologist.

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    The Psychologist

    “Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can a cube have a real existence.”

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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