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He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!
Emily Dickinson

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The 9/11 Commission Report

The Art of Singing

Featured Authors:
J. M. Barrie
Willa Cather
Joseph Conrad
Charles Dickens
Emily Dickinson
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Arthur Conan Doyle
Albert Einstein
Geronimo
Washington Irving
Henry James
Jack London
Edgar Allan Poe
Franklin Roosevelt
Ernest Shackleton
William Shakespeare
Henry David Thoreau
Jules Verne
Booker T. Washington

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Christmas

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ELCOME to Elegant Ebooks, a site dedicated to making high quality ebooks that are as attractive and enjoyable to read as “real” books. Here book lovers can find great classics of fiction and non-fiction in stylish editions designed to combine the simple elegance of the printed page with the power of a digital file. They also feature highly accurate texts. And, best of all, they’re free—with no registration, no subscription or membership fees, and no annoying ads!

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Almost all of the ebooks on this site were made from books that are in the public domain—i.e. no longer under copyright—in the United States. Any books that are still under U.S. copyright are distributed with the permission of the copyright holder. Many of the books are no longer under copyright in other nations as well, but readers outside the United States need to be aware that some of these books may still be protected by copyright where they live, and they should check their own countries’ copyright laws to be certain they can legally download particular ebooks from this site. (The Online Books Page has an FAQ which gives a summary of copyright durations for many other countries, as well as links to more official sources.) Since copyright terms in most countries last for the life of the author plus a certain number of years, pages with download links list the years the authors died (if known).




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