A Mobile Library app is now available at the Moscow Central Ring stations. It contains virtual shelves with images of book covers and their QR-codes. Passengers can scan the code with their smart phones and read the book during their journey. The catalogue currently includes 200 books by such authors as Bulgakov, Dostoyevsky, Rubina and Lukyanenko. In all, the Moscow Central Ring has 30 virtual bookshelves at the following stations; Lokomotiv, Izmailovo, Vladykino, Okruzhnaya and Baltiiskaya.
“The Moscow Metro is permanently working on ways to expand the services for passengers and make their journey as comfortable as possible,” said Roman Latypov, first deputy chief of the Moscow Metro. “The trips will become even more fun now that we have launched the Mobile Library project.”
Passengers can download modern best-sellers by Pavel Sanayev, Sergei Lukyanenko, Dina Rubina, Oleg Roy, Yekaterina Vilmont, Yelena Mikhalkova, and Nicholas Sparks. The catalogue also includes the classics by Bulgakov, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Shakespeare, Balzac, Nitzsche. The library also offers audio books and books in English.
Passenger just have to scan the QR-code with their smart phones or tablet cameras, using the relevant app. The code contains the link to the online page with the selected book.
The Mobile Library is a joint project of the Moscow Metro, the LitRes online library and the Eksmo-AST publishers. All the 200 books are also available on the metro.litres.ru website. The service will operate until the end of the year, and requires registration on the LitRess website.
The online books are available via the free Wi-Fi network called Moscow Transport on the trains.