New library app, book downloads to encourage reading on the go

New library app, book downloads to encourage reading on the go

The free app gives users access to library information and transactions. These include searching for and downloading e-books, signing up for library membership and events, paying their fines as well as recommending titles to NLB.

NLB themed trains

SINGAPORE: The National Library Board (NLB) on Monday (Oct 24) launched a new mobile app, along with electronic downloads of popular titles like The Hobbit, The Life of Pi and the Lonely Planet series of travel guides, in a bid to get the public to read on the go.

In a media release, NLB said the free iOS and Android app gives users access to library information and transactions. These include searching for and downloading e-books, signing up for library membership and events, paying their fines as well as recommending titles to NLB.

App users will be able to download up to eight e-books, an increase from the current quota of six e-book loans per user.

For a year, app users will have unlimited access to electronic downloads of nearly 30 Lonely Planet travel guides. For three months, NLB will also offer unlimited downloads of the following e-books:

  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien;
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie;
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel;
  • The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life;
  • Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built; and
  • The Little Book of Skincare

nlb dressed train

NLB's Director of Technology and Service Innovation Siow Shong Seng takes NLB reading ambassador Michelle Martin on a tour of the library-themed train. (Photo: National Library Board)

Working in partnership with the Land Transport Authority, NLB also launched two trains decorated in themes organised around book genres, including mystery, fantasy, self-help and autobiography.

The trains will ply the North East Line (NEL) and Downtown Line (DTL) for four weeks, from Monday to Nov 20.

mystery themed train NEL

A mystery-themed cabin on a North East Line train, inspired by Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. (Photo: NLB)

The trains will also carry QR codes linked to a website with recommended reads. There, members of the public can read book excerpts before they decide to download the app.

Source: CNA/ek

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