Friday, February 28, 2014

Read While You Ride

I don't spend a lot of time on public transportation anymore, but I know plenty of people who do, and many of them use that time to read. But sometimes they forget to bring a book, and they have to face that long ride with nothing to occupy them. That's why I think that the ideas below are awesome.

A metro station in Madrid has an area where people can check out books.

This book vending machine is in Barcelona. Apparently they're located in the metro stations.
Book vending machine
Source Evan Bench

The video below is a bit long, but the library is interesting. It's entirely digital and located in the Bucharest metro station. Using a smartphone, a person can scan the QR code of a book and download it onto a phone. (There are great images of this on Flickr and Imgur, but I couldn't find any that were Creative Commons, so...just the video today). 

And in New York, the library provides a sample of a book for those riding the subway.

I'm so glad that books are a priority for the people who came up with these ideas. I really dislike being stuck somewhere without anything to read. 

Have a great day! I hope that you have a book handy for those days when you have time to kill.

Best Wishes,


Laney4 said...

I ALWAYS have a book (or two) handy. I carry a big purse so I can have books, all my grocery coupons, my grocery lists, reading glasses (for when I can't see the library's or grocery store's bottom-shelf prices with my bifocals), thin shopping bags, pen/paper, a calculator for the grocery store, and a bunch of other things I feel are necessary (esp. drugs!).
I feel lost if I don't have my book with me....

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Laney4, I do, too, but when it's warm I hate carrying a purse (I walk much more in the summer), so lots of times I just cram my keys and a few essentials in my pockets. At times like that when I only have the basics with me,I have been driven to pick up the sales or real estate newspapers in restaurants, because I have to have something to read! Pretty dull reading, but better than nothing.