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Why Free?

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Why This Site

I began this site for my own personal convenience. I travel a lot, and books are bulky. After being away from home for several years, I began to realize that one of the things I missed the most was my favorite books. Since I spend a lot of time in countries where English is not the primary language, books in English are hard to come by.

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