VIA Metropolitan Transit has partnered the Bexar County Library for a new program called Ride & Read. It will give riders the ability to use the free wireless internet network that was installed on the transit system last year to download 37,000 audiobooks and e-books.
The Bibliotech library in Bexar County did something very unique a few years ago. They did not have a single print book, but was the Nations first digital first library. There is slew of digital content available such as audio, e-books, magazines, newspapers and video.
The Ride & Read initiative is free, but San Antonio residents have visit one of six kiosks located at VIA’s Downtown Information Center, Centro Plaza, Ellis Alley Transit Center , Medical Center Transit Center, Crossroads Park & Ride and the North Star Transit Center. Signing up take just minutes. People will have to type in their name and address but no documentation required. You will then receive a digital library card and can access digital content on all of your devices, whether you are on the bus or at home.
I think this is a great program for people who commute on public transportation on a daily basis.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.