Reading on the subway is a New York ritual. “Even without a seat, even while pressed with strangers into human panini, (…), even when stumbling home after a party”, Alex Mainland writes in the New York Times. The vibrant reading culture in the subway could be a result of a lack of Internet access and cellphone reception underground. Some subway bookworms even started initiatives such as the Subway Book Club, which keeps track of the latest underground book hits.
“What was the last book, magazine and newspaper you read on the subway?” On request of the New York Times editors, more than 8,000 NYC subway travellers answered this simple question throughout the last months. It’s something I was always curious of. A few weeks ago the newspaper came up with the results, neatly presented in three slide bars on its website. In the magazine section, The New Yorker is the absolute top scorer with almost 2,000 readers out of 8,000. Its Talk of the Town section is most popular, partly due to its short length. Second and third most read magazines are New York Magazine and The Economist.
Newspapers are most popular in the New York subways trains. Of course, the New York Times is the unreachable number 1 on the high score list (3,143 readers), followed by the two free daily newspapers AM New York and Metro. There’s also books. Current popular titles are ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.