Beijing's subway system now includes some experimental cars decorated to look like fanciful, book-lined rooms; scan the QR codes and you get free audiobook downloads for popular Chinese novels.
The whole initiative is actually part of a promotion for the app, which translates simply to "Get". And to no one's surprise, it's an audiobook app.
The aim of the ad is to promote a contest currently running on the app, which encourages users to listen to audiobooks for seven days in a row, after which they stand to win a 24K carat gold necklace, which to be honest, is kind of a strange prize for a book contest.
This train carriage was transformed into an audiobook library and it's magical
I found John Hodgman's Vacationland to be a genuinely moving and hilarious read; and it has stuck with me in the year since its hardcover release -- now it's out in paperback, and Hodgman is touring with it.
For your summer reading pleasure, Bill Gates recommends: • “Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson • “Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved” by Kate Bowler • “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders • “Origin Story: A Big History of Everything” by David Christian • “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund
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