NYC commuters can download excerpts and short stories to keep them occupied on their trains to and from work with the Subway Library

Have you ever been stuck on a long commute with nothing to do but play with your phone? The New York Public Library is hoping to help entertain commuters with reading this summer by offering free e-book downloads from their app, SimplyE.

The Subway Library campaign will run for six weeks in the five boroughs of New York City. Users can connect underground using the TransitWireless Wi-Fi in any MTA station, which will direct them to Subway Library's website. From there, readers can choose from excerpts of popular books, curated short stories and other selections. Each text also comes with an approximation of the time it will take to read it, allowing readers to find just the right one to distract them from a packed commute. Additionally, specially decorated train cars on the E and F lines are designed to look like a library in honor of the campaign.

Subway Library

Have you ever been stuck on a long commute with nothing to do but play with your phone? The New York Public Library is hoping to help entertain commuters with reading this summer by offering free e-book downloads from their app, SimplyE.

The Subway Library campaign will run for six weeks in the five boroughs of New York City. Users can connect underground using the TransitWireless Wi-Fi in any MTA station, which will direct them to Subway Library's website. From there, readers can choose from excerpts of popular books, curated short stories and other selections. Each text also comes with an approximation of the time it will take to read it, allowing readers to find just the right one to distract them from a packed commute. Additionally, specially decorated train cars on the E and F lines are designed to look like a library in honor of the campaign.