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June 12, 2010

Fiction on the way

I don’t read much on public transit anymore, because I’m usually carrying my daughter in the Baby Trekker and entertaining her by making faces at our reflection in the windows. But today I had a trip with two subway legs, then the streetcar, and by the end I’d had enough, lamenting that there is no Poetry on the Way these days, because I really was craving a little reading break. When I got on the subway to go home, however, I was pleased to board a car full of book ads, and one of these was a book excerpt. It was wonderful! I don’t care that it was an excerpt from Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl, which is certainly not a book after my heart, but it won it a bit today anyway. As I stood there hugging a pole, going through enough text to give me a taste of a story. It was the only remotely entertaining subway ad I’d encountered all day (and I’d encountered more than a few!). A wonderful idea, and I think more marketers should do this…

2 thoughts on “Fiction on the way”

  1. B.Kienapple says:

    Perhaps, but I think they should consider first whether positioning black type on a flaming neon yellow background really promotes ease of reading.

    1. Kerry says:

      Didn’t care, but then I was pretty desperate… And maybe I’m used to such luridness due to the number of times I’ve read the back of my Herbal Essences bottle.

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