Date
24 September 2017
Passengers can scan a QR code on Line 4 cars to download an e-book to their phone or tablet. Photo: CCTV
Passengers can scan a QR code on Line 4 cars to download an e-book to their phone or tablet. Photo: CCTV

Free e-books for Beijing metro passengers

Passengers facing a long subway ride in Beijing can now read a book from a free electronic library.

Cars on Line 4 of the city’s metro display QR barcodes people can scan with their tablets or smartphones to download the e-books, BBC News reported, citing China’s BTV News channel.

There is a choice of 10 books, which will change every couple of months. The first batch are about Chinese history.

“I think we have found a great, effective and handy tool to make traditional culture popular,” said Rong Jun, a spokesman for the city government.

“It’s pretty interesting,” one passenger using the e-library told CCTV news.

“You can gain an understanding of traditional Chinese culture — it’s excellent.”

Readers who like the books can get off Line 4 at the National Library stop and check out a full selection.

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