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Under quarantine in South Korea? You can now read 50,000 books for free.

Corinne Segal

March 10, 2020, 12:59pm

This week, amid a deluge of vaguely horrifying, opportunistic-seeming quarantine-related reading lists, here’s something that seems genuinely good: a South Korean e-book startup is waiving its subscription fee for coronavirus patients and people under quarantine in the country.

“We hope that reading can be of some comfort for everyone who is struggling with COVID-19 until they get better and return to their daily life,” Seo Young-taek, CEO of Millie’s Library, said in a statement.

About 7,500 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in South Korea, and thousands more have been quarantined. For two months, those affected can access 50,000 books Millie’s Library, a service that usually charges $8 a month.

Its most popular books at the moment include Little Women, Brave New World, and (yikes) 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson. Luckily, there are 49,999 other books available, so I’d personally recommend starting with one of those.

[h/t Korea Herald via Quartz]

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