Autumn is for Reading

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:

“Moscow metro opens virtual library of Russian classical literature”

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:

読書の秋

(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).

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