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'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.
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.