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Nader Riad, an Egyptian engineer, launched a new initiative to exchange books and promote reading in the streets of Cairo. Themed ‘Take one book and Leave Another’, the initiative started as a small free library, which he established at Al Alfy Street, that featured literary, cultural, scientific and children’s books. Pedestrians can read those books or exchange them with other books of their own.

The initiative raised the interest of social media users in Cairo, who requested supporting and expanding it, through cooperation with Egyptian publishing houses, by purchasing a large number of books for reduced price, and establishing more libraries like that one. Others announced that they donated collections of books to further expand the initiative.