Reading is one of the best ways to make the most of an unpleasant commute. Presumably with that in mind, Penguin Random House, in partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, launched a program aptly called, “Subway Reads.” Now, NYC commuters can read free e-books using the New York City subway’s wireless network, which covers almost all stations....more
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The project brings physical books back into the public’s routine, and in some ways obviates the debate over the necessity or function of the print object.
The Ploughshares blog recently featured an innovative project by a Brazilian publishing house to promote literacy on the subway: issuing books as subway tickets!...more
In Chuj-Napoca, Romania’s second-most populous city, an initiative passed to offer book-reading passengers free bus fare during a week in June. The initiative was started by a local citizen’s suggestion on Facebook in the hopes of encouraging reading on public transportation....more
A city in Siberia is reportedly offering free rides on the underground to people who can recite at least two verses from any poem by Alexander Pushkin, one of Russia’s greatest poets....more
Politicians have given into the demand that sparked Brazilian protests, lowering bus fares from 3.20 reais back down to R$3.00 (about $1.60 back down to $1.50), massive protests continue throughout the country....more
Embrace those subway tears, urban commuters!
Busses and trains are great places to read, but how do you cope when you’re on a crowded train making limited stops and the book you’re reading causes those tear ducts to flood? Preeti Chhibber at BookRiot has some anecdotes and solutions of her own on how to play it cool when literature takes you for an emotional ride....more
The website catalogues two types of subjects: people who read on trains, and the visibly disgruntled strangers who sit next to them, many of whom seem displeased or bemused at the prospect of their picture being taken....more