Catch-up With Your Reading, French Railways Offer Free Digital Books to Passengers




The TER or regional express train service in the Languedoc-Roussillon region is turning its carriages into travelling libraries enticing passengers with free digital books — currently offering some 60 titles.

On the back of the train seat passengers can browse the SNCF e book library  (Credit screen grab))

On the back of the train seat passengers can browse the SNCF e book library (Credit screen grab)

Watch passengers reacting to the new service in this clip:

According to Armelle Goyon of France 3: “Available titles are displayed on the back of the train seats with a QR flash code”.

French state railways-SNCF – says books are downloadable for the journey via an application on the  traveller’s smart phone or tablet. And it’s free.

To use the library a passenger just flashes the QR code using their smart phone or tablet, and seconds later the selected book is downloaded.

Flash your phone or tablet on this train and get a free read (Credit screen grab)

Flash your phone or tablet on this train and get a free read (Credit screen grab)

In the current pilot trial some 33% of trains in the region are equipped with the digital library and the list of books on the menu will rotate every 6 months. By way of support for local authors the offer includes fiction written by Languedoc-Roussillon-based writers.

Languedoc-Roussillon is the second region in the SNCF national network to offer the experimental service.

Earlier farmers showed the way by branding their cows with QR codes (or did they?)

Story: Ken Pottinger
editorial@french-news-online.com

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