Posts Tagged: public transportation

Subway Reading Just Got Easier

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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 […]

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Subway Stories

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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!

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More on Brazil

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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. The New York Times has a good summary of what’s going on, while The New Inquiry has some excellent analysis. Though transportation fares were the catalyst for […]

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Train Spottings

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The strange confluence of affection for both literature and modes of public transportation is highlighted by The New Yorker today, in their post about the website Underground New York Public Library. 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 […]

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