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EVA launches e-Library for inflight reading

This adds choices, COVID safety and environmental protections.

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – EVA Air introduced digitized reading materials for passengers’ inflight reading throughout its global network on February 8, 2022. The brand-new “EVA e-Library” service is available now for international EVA and UNI Air passengers to download newspapers, magazines periodicals and books on their mobile devices from 48 hours before until 24 hours after their scheduled departures. Aiming to eliminate newspaper and magazine waste, save energy, reduce emissions and fight global warming, in addition to giving passengers more reading choices and providing added COVID preventions, EVA has become the first airline in Taiwan to provide this service. 

Climate change and environmental protection practices are a critical concern for all of us,” said EVA President Clay Sun. “EVA accelerated development of our digital reading services to not only expand inflight reading material selections and boost COVID safety but also protect our environment. We launched our EVA e-Library to meet the high standards our passengers expect from us and deliver another automated service, consistent with the contact-free check-in and limited-interaction boarding we have been piloting while COVID is upending the travel industry.”

Content available to each passenger is based on their Infinity MileageLands card tier or cabin class. For example, Diamond Card frequent flyers can access as many as 20 different newspapers, magazines, books and periodicals while business class passengers can choose from 10.  In addition to those publications offered to all frequent flyers and cabin classes, passengers can buy additional reading materials.

Now through March 31, EVA is celebrating its e-Library launch with a special introductory offer of nine additional free downloads. Passengers can look forward to sampling EVA’s brand-new service as soon as international travel opens up.

Before COVID became a global issue, EVA offered passengers popular local newspapers and magazines, based on each flight’s origin, destination and routing. Due to onboard space and payload restrictions, no more than 70 publications in Mandarin Chinese, English and local languages could be provided on individual flights. Daily newspapers were not available for some flights due to delivery limitations. Now, using the EVA e-Library service, passengers can enjoy as many as 500 different publications in 31 languages, covering a wide range of topics with regularly updated selections.

EVA upholds rigorous COVID-19 prevention standards and continually enhances measures it employs. It has automated services such as check-in and is piloting a boarding system using biometrics with facial recognition. It is also working with a digital-solution provider and IATA (International Air Transport Association) to trial digital health passports. The EVA e-Library is a giant step toward creating a more secure, convenient and comfortable flying experiences for passengers and to eliminating a significant amount of newspaper and magazine waste. And EVA is persisting with efforts to identify and employ additional actions that will help achieve its commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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