Shanghai Metro offers passengers books to borrow

(China Daily, 26 August 2103)  The China Daily reports that passengers on Shanghai’s Metro Line 2 will be able to select a book at one station and return it to any of the other stations with customized bookshelves.

Readers do not have to pay a deposit or any rent for the books and magazines they take. Instead, they are encouraged to donate one yuan (16 US cents) to charity at the bookshelf.

“Now you can read a real book, rather than staring at the cellphone through the metro ride,” said Zou.  The scheme might also boost  the public’s readiness to read books, reportedly far fewer  than in other countries.

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