The New York subway turns into a library


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It’s free and you have nothing better to do — read a book, people!

The New York Public Library announced Thursday on its website that it is launching “Subway Library,” a new initiative between the New York, Brooklyn and Queens Libraries, the MTA and Transit Wireless that provides straphangers with free access to hundreds of e-books “for all ages.”

To access the e-books, subway riders underground will connect to the free TransitWirelessWiFi on their smartphones, or other internet-able devices, and then click on the prompt. They’ll then have access to the “e-books, excerpts, and short stories — all ready to read on the train.”

The library is also promoting its e-reader app, SimplyE. “We also hope people enjoy this taste of what we offer so much that they visit a library branch, or download SimplyE — our free e-reader app — which gives people access to NYPL’s entire collection of free e-books,” NYPL said in a statement.

To celebrate Subway Library, there will be one train decked out on the inside with a design that mimics the interior of the NYPL’s Rose Reading Room in the Main Branch.

Titles available right now to commuters include “Open City” by Teju Cole, “The Nest” by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney and Patti Smith’s memoir, “Just Kids.”

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