There’s a small library near my apartment. There’s a lot of traffic (people going in and out), especially on weekends. Unfortunately, it has no English-language books. I haven’t checked to see if there are books in other languages. I suppose the chances that there are books in Chinese or Korean are pretty high. I’ve seen English books in a few Tokyo libraries, but I wish there were more.
Speaking of libraries:
Commuters on Moscow trains can now download a selection of Russian literary classics, including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Pushkin. Scan a code in the train station using your smart phone or tablet, and you can access a small but growing selection of e-books.
It’s not entirely clear to me how this system is different than just having an e-book app, but anyway, as the article says,
“The main thing really is to just get people reading.”
In Japanese, there’s a great phrase:
(Reading in the Autumn / Autumn is for Reading)
Autumn is a great time to curl up with a good book. Or an e-book. At home, in the library, or on the train on your way to school or work (unfortunately curling up won’t be an option there).