Virtual Street Library

Littleman's Virtual LIbrary

This clever poster is the brainchild of Dublin artist Littleman. The QR codes link to downloadable ebooks, and even people viewing the poster online have downloaded these classics to their phones. How brilliant is that? Imagine if libraries started putting up posters around town with QR codes for their ebooks and audiobooks? What an excellent way to reach people who normally wouldn’t set foot in a library. Well done, Littleman!

via reddit

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6 comments on “Virtual Street Library

  1. Stefanie says:

    Very cool! And an attractive poster too.

  2. vishnevats says:

    Wow!

  3. Brian Joseph says:

    Thanks for sharing this photo Sylvia. It really is an ingenious thing.

    It and your comment made me a bit sad though as I fear that the old brick and mortar library as well as bookstore will be gone sometime in the future.

    • Sylvia says:

      I’m not too worried about the existence of libraries and bookstores, though they certainly have to adapt. But there will always be people who want to buy “real” books. In fact the statistics right now show that people who buy ebooks also buy more paper books than those who don’t buy ebooks, so I think the book is safe. If publishers were clever they would put more into book design so that people would see paper books as keepsakes or collectibles rather than as something to read once and forget about. I don’t know if they are that clever, though!

  4. A very creative concept! Liked also the statistic that those who buy ebooks buy more paper books than those who don’t buy ebooks… 🙂

    ~ Matt

    • Sylvia says:

      Yes, it seems a bit counterintiutive but maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that early adopters of book technology just really love books and buy a lot of them in every format. Perhaps they listen to a lot of audiobooks too.

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