Expanded Initiative Brings Free Samples of E-Books by Quebec Authors to Montreal-Trudeau Airport
Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) [is now partnering] with the Association des libraires du Québec (ALQ) and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) to provide users of Montréal-Trudeau airport with a free digital library comprising 35 downloadable titles, via the platform lirevoustransporte.com.
“Passengers can browse this selection of more than 30 titles by Québec authors in both English and French, and get a taste of the extensive collection of Québec e-books that is now available,” says Christiane Beaulieu, ADM’s Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications. “The service enhances our users’ customer experience while at the same time promoting Québec authors and their works.”
The project allows airport users to download to their smartphone, tablet or e-reader, via a URL, the first chapter of any of the books available in five categories: Novel, Youth, Thriller, Essay/Bio, and Guide.
Complete instructions for downloading are posted in the airport’s rest areas, located mostly along the international jetty. After enjoying the preview chapter, passengers can read the rest either by borrowing the complete e-book from the BAnQ portal or by purchasing it from the leslibraires.ca site (in print or digital format). Users are also invited to share what they’re reading on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #lirevt.
Lire vous transporte has been available since 2013 on Montréal buses and in the métro thanks to a partnership between the ALQ, the Société de transport de Montréal and les Bibliothèques de Montréal. In the fall of 2014, the Bibliothèque de Québec and the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (Québec City’s public transit authority) joined as well. With ADM and BAnQ as the latest partners, the initiative’s scope is broadened further.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.