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Book

A book is a series of pages assembled for easy portability and reading, as well as the composition contained in it. The most common modern form of book is a codex volume consisting of rectangular paper pages bound on one side, with a heavier cover and spine, so that it can fan open for reading. Books have taken other forms, such as scrolls, leaves on a string, or strips tied together; and the pages have been of parchment, vellum, papyrus, bamboo slips, palm leaves, silk, wood, and other materials.

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Tim O'Brien explains the reality of the Vietnam War through a fictional memoir of his own life.

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“The best books, they don't talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you'd always thought about, but that you didn't think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you're a little bit less alone in the world. You're part of this cosmic community of people who've thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be.” One of the greatest books I've ever read. I really recommend this one.

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If you are a fan of 60s music, check out this book.

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Free online books.

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Who doesn't like free books? They're amazing!

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I love this book myself. It's well-written and it kept my attention.

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Amazon's new book publishing policy--an unpopular opinion

A lot of authors are criticizing Amazon's new book policy, which now pays authors based on the number of pages read rather in the past when money was based on number of downloads and reading 10% of the book. Writers claim that Amazon is being greedy and trying to earn more money (of course it is, everyone is trying to earn more money). But this policy may actually be a good thing. With the old policy, writers who put a lot of effort into writing their long novels may get paid the same amount or even less than a writer who produces many short stories of subpar quality. Perhaps now authors will try to put more effort into writing better quality books of all lengths (rather than cranking out short and flashy books for quick money).

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