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It's one way to pass the time on the train.

Hop on the Subway Library, a free download and website that connects to books and selected readings.

Transit Wireless, the private technology company which installed cell and WiFi service at all underground stations at no cost to the MTA, is working on the project with the transit agency and The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Public Library and The Queens Library. It will run for 6 weeks.

The promotion includes a "library train" that is wrapped with decals to resemble a library inside and out. It is running on the E and F lines.

On social media, Transit Wireless will award prizes to riders who share photos of themselves with the posters for Subway Library posters or with the library train. Use the hashtag #SubwayLibrary and tag @TWWiFi on Instagram or Twitter to be entered in the contest.

Readers can access e-books, excerpts of e-books, and short stories in categories through The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library:

  • New York Stories, including excerpts from titles such as Soar by David Banks and At Balthazar by Reggie Nadelson
  • New & Noteworthy, which offers excerpts of recently released titles, including Swing Time by Zadie Smith and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Select Shorts, which includes The Soul Is Not a Smithy by David Foster Wallace and The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis by Karen Russell
  • Children, with titles including Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes and Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
  • Young Adult, with excerpts and titles such as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
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