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Book service a hit with Metro users
By Ma Yue

A BOOK borrowing service at some Metro stations has received an enthusiastic response since its launch last week with  people behind the service claiming that the return rate was as high as 70 percent.

Metro riders just have to pay 1 yuan (16 US cents) to borrow and return a book or a magazine from 16 stations on Metro Line 2. The income generated from it will be used to send books to schools for migrant workers’ children, according to Aizhi Bookstore, which has rented out space at major subway stations.

More than 300 passengers borrowed books and magazines from the help-yourself bookshelf at the Jing’an Temple Station on the very first day of its launch on Monday. By yesterday afternoon, 40 books and magazines has been returned.

Readers can borrow and return the books or magazines from any of the 60 outlets set up by Aizhi around the city with no deadline for bringing them back. They don’t have to put in any deposits and neither do they have to divulge their identity.

The rate of return was a good 70 percent from the total 60 outlets in the city. In some office buildings alone, the figure was as high as 95 percent.

According to Aizhi Bookstore, most of their books and magazines are donated or recycled.

But there are not too many choices for foreign readers yet.

The 1-yuan fee pays for the postage for sending books to schools for migrant workers’ children, both in Shanghai and other cities.

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