Brazilian author Paulo Coelho had personally expressed his eagerness to participate in a new RZD project that equipped Moscow train stations with “A Book on the Go” mobile libraries, according to a press release received by Gazeta.Ru.
Passengers departing from Belorussky, Kazansky and Paveletsky railway stations now have the chance to read a book while they’re waiting for their train.
Over 150 bestsellers are available, from writers such as Darya Dontsova and Denis Dragunsky. The library includes The Fortress written by the winner of the Russian Booker award Peter Aleshkovsky, as well as children’s books and novels by Paulo Coelho.
This is a joint project between the Russian Book Union, the Eksmo-AST publishing house, online bookstore LitRes and Russian Railways (RZD).
From Feb. 5 to April 5 this year, the Lev Tolstoy train travelled between Moscow and Helsinki, offering its passengers a collection of books in both Russian and Finnish.
In 2015, a literary train was launched on the Moscow Metro, called “Reading Moscow,” said Oleg Novikov, president of Eksmo-AST. As a result of this project, 15,000 books were downloaded over 11 months. “RZD has now joined the initiative, so it is transitioning to another level,” he added.