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The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) generates 285,000 passenger trips on the bus and Trolley every weekday in San Diego and thousands of riders often use reading as a tool to pass the time.

In an effort to make reading on the bus and Trolley even more enjoyable the San Diego Public Library, MTS and Coca-Cola are introducing the Read & Ride eBook Club offering select eBooks free to provide passengers more options for reading during the riding experience.

When passengers join the Read & Ride eBook Club, they can download and read select books for free on eReaders, smartphones and tablets. New eBooks will be selected by the San Diego Public Library staff every three months.

The Read & Ride eBook Club is open to both San Diego Public Library card holders and people without library cards. Most eBooks will be available in English and Spanish. Participants without a San Diego Public Library card can still download titles instantly through links provided to Project Gutenberg – an online source for eBooks. Read & Ride eBook Club participants with library cards can choose the Project Gutenberg eBook or an eBook recommended through OverDrive – the library system's special resource for licensed eBooks.

Readers who are interested in joining the Read & Ride eBook Club and want to learn more about this technology can attend eReader clinics hosted by the San Diego Public Library to learn how to find and download books on an eReader, smartphone or tablet.

During each three-month reading period, the San Diego Public Library, MTS and Coca-Cola will host several discussion groups about the featured title at various locations within the San Diego Public Library system. Prizes and giveaways – courtesy of Coca-Cola – will also be available for Read & Ride eBook Club participants who attend the meetings.

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Featured titles are from the library's Overdrive eCollection and available to anyone with a San Diego Public Library (SDPL) card.


By Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

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A powerful discourse on race told in the experiences of Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman who wins a fellowship to study at Princeton. In her first year she strives to understand racial concerns new to her. As she adjusts to life in a new country, she struggles to understand which group she fits into. Is she an African-American or an American-African?

The Guardian wrote: "Americanah is a deeply felt book, written with equal parts lyricism and erudition. More than that, it is an important book – and yet one that never lets its importance weigh down the need to tell a truly gripping human story."

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Everything I Never Told You

By Celeste Ng

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Beautiful and bright Lydia Lee, the golden child of her family, is found dead in a nearby lake. Her death sets the scene in this debut novel by Celeste Ng, which unravels the secrets of the Lee family, a Chinese American family living in small-town Ohio in the 1970s. What unfolds is a family pulled apart by guilt, secrecy, betrayal, and culture - a family desperate to understand one another. Selected as Amazon's #1 best book of 2014, Everything I Never Told You has been widely praised by critics.

The Los Angeles Times called it " accomplished debut… heart-wrenching…Ng deftly pulls together the strands of this complex, multigenerational novel. Everything I Never Told You is an engaging work that casts a powerful light on the secrets that have kept an American family together—and that finally end up tearing it apart."

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Bird Box

By Josh Malerman

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Birdbox, a suspenseful and terrifying novel that will keep you turning pages all night, wondering what is going on. Is it aliens, monsters, or some weird science experiment that has gone wrong? The characters in this post-apocalyptic tale are forced to remain in their houses because one glimpse of whatever lurks outdoors will drive them to become killers. After many years a mother and her two children attempt a blindfolded escape.

Kirkus Reviews wrote: "[A] chilling debut… Malerman...keeps us tinglingly on edge with his cool, merciless storytelling [and] douses his tale in poetic gloom….An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll."

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Defending Jacob

By William Landay

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A teenage boy is found stabbed to death in the woods in a quiet Boston suburb, frightening local parents and shaking the community at its core. Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber, whose son Jacob went to school with the boy, takes the case despite Jacob's connection to the boy. When Jacob is arrested for the crime, Andy and his wife Laurie are dumbstruck and incredulous—how could their son be capable of such evil? Andy devotes all his efforts to defending his son, including addressing his own family history of murderers—a potential "murder gene." Defending Jacob is a nail-biting thriller that raises the question: how far would you go to protect your family?

Booklist praised William Landay, for "reach[ing] a new level of excellence in this riveting, knock-your-socks-off legal thriller."

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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An attractive book, that is easy to read, yet hard to put down. A beautiful coming of age story that explores matters of the mind and heart, portraying realistic personalities of two fifteen year old boys, Aristotle and Dante. Beauty and emotion fill this book demonstrating relationships between oneself, friends and family.

Publisher's Weekly called it "A tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love--whether romantic or familial--should be open, free, and without shame."

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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

By Karen Abbott

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The American Civil War of the 1860's between the Union and the Confederacy is the stage for which this seamless historical account of four women, who used subterfuge to aid the war effort, is set. Two of the women, Belle Boyd and Rose O'Neal Greenhow were firmly dedicated to the cause of the Confederacy, while the other two, Elizabeth Van Lew and Emma Edmondson were rampant supporters and operatives of the Union. Using guile, sexuality, intelligence, and their societal status, these women bucked all convention and social mores by taking an active role in the war. While their names may not be as recognizable as Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee, these women risked everything to fight for a cause that they believed in.

The Los Angeles Times Book Review calls author Karen Abbott the " of sizzle history," and lauds the author's ability to create..."a gripping page-turner that moves at a breathtaking clip through the dramatic events of the Civil War."

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Yes Please

By Amy Poehler

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Get to know actress and comedian Amy Poehler by reading her first book, Yes Please! Famous for her award-winning role as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, and as a previous cast member of Saturday Night Live and Upright Citizens Brigade, Amy Poehler offers inspiration and words to live by with chapters such as "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All." A collection of stories, thoughts, and poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, anyone?), Yes Please will bring readers the next best thing to being BFFs with Poehler.

The New Yorker said of Poehler's first book: "Yes Please delivers what it should: life lessons and vicarious thrills...the book is largely a portrait of confidence. Reading it, some of it rubs off on us."

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No library card? No problem. Project Gutenberg ebooks are freely available for anyone to access.

The Metamorphosis

By Franz Kafka

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The story opens with the main character. Gregor Samsa waking up to find he has changed into a large insect overnight. He is late for work and worried of what his family and employer will think of him. So begins this tale of alienation and modernism which is considered one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century. Interestingly, Gregor is less troubled about how he can conduct his life in this new form than the extraordinary fact that he has turned into an insect.

Warren Breckman at University of Pennsylvania wrote: "For Kafka teaches us to live with complexity, ambiguity, multiple meanings, and unclear answers. Or to put it differently, Kafka invites us to be 'readers' in the true sense of that word, readers who do not just passively digest texts, but actively interpret them."

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The Moonstone

By Wilkie Collins

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The story begins at the 1799 Siege of Seringapatam in modern-day India, when British Colonel John Herncastle steals the sacred Moonstone diamond from the very palace he is meant to protect. To abscond with the gem, Herncastle murders three Brahmin priests tasked with the Moonstone's protection; one of the Indians uses his dying breath to curse: "The Moonstone will have its vengeance yet on you and yours!" The story picks up more than forty years later in England with the thoroughly unpleasant Herncastle feeling snubbed by his relatives. Upon his deathbed he wills the Moonstone to his niece Rachel Verinder, but to her horror it is stolen the very night she receives it. Herncastle's final odious act of passing the Moonstone to his niece sets in motion turmoil, death, and heartbreak upon his family and seems to bear out the curse of the Indian Brahmin. But is everything as it seems?

Credited as the first English detective novel, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is chock-full of literary devices that are now commonplace in the modern crime novel including "red herrings" meant to throw the reader off the scent. It is no surprise that The Moonstone is listed by the Guardian as one of the "The 100 best novels written in English."

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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

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Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and their five unmarried daughters live modestly in the early 19th century English countryside. When Mr. Bingley moves into their neighborhood it creates quite a stir as his wealth and status draw the eye of all of the townsfolk and he quickly becomes seen as prime marriage material for their daughters. The eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, known for her beauty and sweet temperedness takes an immediate liking to Mr. Bingley, and it and it quickly becomes apparent that he shares her feelings. Mr. Bingley's best friend, Mr. Darcy is often at Bingley's side, and though wealthy and eligible, he is outwardly status-conscious, brusque and offends the witty and intelligent Elizabeth Bennet at their first encounter. Repeat meetings between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy leave the reader wondering if he can ever overcome his pride and she, her prejudice to finally write their own love story.

The New Yorker reminds us that the popularity of Pride and Prejudice has inspired "...movies, the zombies, the fan fiction; the sequels and variations and modernizations. They [Elizabeth and Darcy] are archetypes of the way we want to be: clever but good, fallible and forgiven, glamorous, amorous, and very, very happy."

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Life on the Mississippi

By Mark Twain

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Samuel Clemens was an apprentice steamboat pilot before he was a famous author. This book is an account of his adventures on the Mississippi, including tales of the riverside towns and riverboat gamblers. It also gives us a fascinating glimpse into pre and post-Civil War America as the steamboats were soon to be replaced by the railroad. The second half of the book recounts a steamboat trip made after the Civil War from St. Louis to New Orleans in which Twain commented on how cities fared following the war.

The Atlanticsaid of Twain's book, "Meanwhile we are very sure that Mr. Clemens has given us the most thorough and racy report of the whole phenomenon which has yet been forthcoming, and that much more significance is contained in it than we are able to concentrate in these few words."

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El Sistema de Tránsito Metropolitano (MTS, por sus siglas en inglés) genera 285,000 viajes en autobús y Trolley cada día de la semana en San Diego y miles de pasajeros a menudo usan la lectura como una forma de pasar el rato.

En un esfuerzo por hacer la lectura en el autobús y Trolley aún más placentera que en la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego, MTS y Coca-Cola presentan el Club de Libros Electrónicos (eBooks) Lea y Viaje (Read & Ride), el cual ofrece selectos eBooks gratuitamente para brindar a los pasajeros más opciones de lectura durante su viaje.

Cuando los pasajeros se unen al Read & Ride eBook Club, pueden descargar y leer libros selectos gratuitamente en lectores electrónicos (eReaders), teléfonos inteligentes y tabletas. El personal de la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego seleccionará nuevos eBooks cada tres meses.

El Read & Ride eBook Club está abierto a los afiliados de la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego y a las personas sin tarjetas de la biblioteca. La mayoría de los eBooks estarán disponibles en inglés y español. Los participantes que no cuenten con tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego aún pueden descargar los libros instantáneamente mediante enlaces proporcionados a Project Guttenberg – una fuente en línea para eBooks. Los participantes de Read & Ride eBook Club con tarjetas de la biblioteca pueden elegir un eBook de Project Guttenberg o un eBook recomendado a través de OverDrive – el recurso especial del sistema bibliotecario para eBooks autorizados.

Los lectores interesados en unirse al Read & Ride eBook Club y que deseen aprender más sobre esta tecnología pueden asistir a cursos sobre eReaders patrocinados por la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego para aprender a encontrar y descargar libros en un eReader, teléfono inteligente o tableta.

Durante cada periodo de lectura de tres meses, la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego, MTS y Coca-Cola patrocinarán varios grupos de discusión sobre el libro destacado en varias ubicaciones dentro del sistema de la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego. También habrá premios y sorteos – cortesía de Coca-Cola – disponibles a los participantes del Read & Ride eBook Club que asistan a las reuniones.

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Los títulos destacados son de la eCollection Overdrive de la biblioteca y están disponibles para cualquier persona que tenga una tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego.

La Breve y Maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao

Junot Díaz

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Situada en la Repúblic Dominicana durante el régimen del dictator Trujillo y el los barrios de Nueva Jersey, esta crónica familiar cuenta la historia del gordiflón y extraño Óscar de León y su búsqueda del amor a pesar de una maldición que trasciende tres generaciones.

"La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao, de Junot Díaz, es una maravillosa y no tan breve opera prima tan desbordante de originalidad que sólo se puede comparar a un híbrido entre Mario Vargas Llosa, Star Trek, David Foster Wallace y Kanye West. Es divertida, lúcida y llena de penetrantes observaciones." –New York Times

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El Verano de los Juguetes Muertos

Toni Hill

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El inspector Héctor Salgado lleva sólo semanas apartado del servicio cuando le asignan de manera extraoficial un caso delicado. La extraña muerte de un joven de la alta sociedad barcelonesa. El caso va complicándose a medida que Salgado pronto se encuentra involucrado en un mundo de privilegios, corrupción, y abusos de poder. Pero Héctor no solamente tendrá que enfrentarse a ello sino también a su pasado más sombrío, que en el peor momento y de modo inesperado vuelve para ajustar cuentas.

"Un absorbente camino por varias pistas a la vez, todas interesantes." –La Vanguardia

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Bajo la Misma Estrella

John Greene

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A pesar del milagroso medicamento que le ha comprador un par de años, ya se conoce como la historia de Hazel tendrá su fin. Eso es hasta que un día en su grupo de apoyo conoce a Gus. Con él, Hazel tendrá la oportunidad de aprender que no hay tiempo para lamentaciones, porque, le guste o no, solo existe el hoy y el ahora. Y por ello, con la intención de hacer realidad el mayor deseo de Hazel, conocer a su escritor favorito, cruzarán juntos el Atlántico para vivir una aventura contrarreloj, tan catártica como desgarradora.

"Una historia dolorosamente bella sobre la vida y las pérdidas." –School Library Journal

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Trece Latas de Atún


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Un conjunto de relatos biográficos, ficciones y trazos literarios escritos con imaginación, humor y perspicacia.

"Irrumpe con humor y desparpajo en el mundo de los libros..." –Me Gusta Leer México

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Otros Títulos Destacados


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