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A Library for the Subway

Adele Peters

Let's say you're stuck on the F train, trying to ignore the person coughing on you, a screaming baby, and a someone staring creepily. (No, I'm not describing my morning). Wish you hadn't forgotten a book? Here's an interesting idea from a group of design students: using tech to bring you the first 10 pages of a popular book on your phone, and then telling you the nearest public library where you can go pick up the actual book. Nice way to possibly get more people back in libraries.

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  • Murray Bartlett

    Great idea. But please stop the NYC fear mongering. Yes, we live here and know you were just being facetious, but the rest of the world already wonders how we can possibly live our lives in such filth with people constantly coughing all over us, while creeps are staring at us, and babies are screaming. The MTA isn't perfect, but drive around LA (or Jacksonville or Atlanta) for four hours a day and get back to me on the sad state of public transportation. Nothing personal--still a great article--just wanted to take a moment to be thankful for one of our greatest assets here in NYC.

    • Adele Peters

      Yes, the NYC subway system is amazing, I agree. Though I did live in LA and (strangely) didn't mind driving, from an environmental standpoint, I constantly wished that city had more extensive public transportation. Even a city like SF, while many times better than LA, pales in comparison to NYC. Still, though the layout of the system here itself is wonderful, there's plenty of room for improvement in the the actual experience of riding. What would you change, assuming there was any budget? I'd love little changes (more audible announcements, for example), but also bigger shifts like access to mobile data service and real-time electronic displays throughout the whole system, as well as creative projects like this library...

  • Lindsey Smith

    This is incredible! What a cool app. Can we get these installed in NYC ASAP?

  • Rei Wang

    I love this, subway rides are 100X better when you've got a good book to read

  • Goldhirsh Foundation

    This is genius! A great way to bring attention back to our beloved libraries. Would love this in Los Angeles!

    • Adele Peters

      It sounds like the tech is relatively easy to implement—it would be great to see these in cities all over...