Link of the Week: Subway Library

New York’s three major public library systems, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Transit Wireless joined forces to launch Subway Library, an online service that offers free eBook downloads to subway-goers.

The six-week promotion will offer free eBooks, eShorts and excerpts from full-length novels to transit riders by simply connecting to the TransitWireless WiFi at any MTA station. These short stories and excerpts are intended to be read during short half-hour to an hour daily commutes.

Along with this promotion, a Library Train—a subway car resembling the Rose Main Reading Room inside the 42nd Street branch of the NYPL—will alternate running along the 6th and 8th Avenue corridor lines of the E and F trains. Along with the newly designed subway car is a social media challenge where riders can share photos of themselves by Subway Library posters or in the Subway Library train to win one of six possible prizes, including three Amazon Kindle Voyages.

E-books and short stories offered come from the New York Public Library’s permanent collection. Subway Library is powered by SimplyE, the free library eReader app.

Link of the Week: The Women of Marvel

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March is Women’s History Month, and as such, I thought it would be fitting to feature the work Marvel is doing to highlight their female characters and introduce new ones. One example of Marvel’s move is the “Women of Marvel” initiative with Marvel Games.

“Part of Marvel’s history has always been how diverse we are,” Marvel Games creative director Bill Rosemann told MTV News over the phone. “We’re not always perfect, but we’re trying our best to authentically let everyone tell their story, and to say that everyone can be a hero… So March is Women’s History Month, and I saw that Marvel was doing a really cool variant cover program to celebrate the Women of Marvel.

“A lightbulb went off, and I just thought ‘Hey, I wonder if we can share this news with all of our partners in Marvel Games, and see who would be excited about having events in March that would put the spotlight on and celebrate the Women of Marvel.’” (MTV)

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 2.16.44 PMAnother thing that Marvel is doing to honor Women’s History month, as Rosemann mentioned in the quote above, is the variant cover program. This venture recruited women to draw variations of “some of the comics house’s most popular books” ( MTV). You can see some of these covers by clicking here. This Women of Marvel event will encompass the release of 21 covers, and podcasts in which some of the women at Marvel have assembled “to talk all things Marvel and More!” (Click here for the podcast series).