Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Books on the Rail – a great idea to encourage reading

Living in a semi-rural area I don’t often travel by public transport but recently had to go to Sydney by train. I had seen the books at Picton railway station and the sign inviting travellers to pick a read for their journey and thought it was something only they did.

Picking up a book of interest I noticed a sticker telling me to take the book home, read it and return it for someone else to read. What a great idea!

Books on the Rail, founded by booklovers Ali and Mich, is based on London’s Books on the Underground. Ali and Mich launched Books on the Rail in April 2016 by leaving their own books and others purchased from second-hand bookstores on Melbourne trains and trams. Thanks to support of other readers Books on the Rail is now Australia wide.

Books set loose on Australian public transport services include a wide range of genres including historical fiction to memoirs to psychological thrillers to colouring in books in circulation. They're there to be taken, read (or coloured!), shared, and of course, enjoyed! Once thoroughly satisfied, the books are to be released back into the wild, ready to be discovered, time after time, by unsuspecting commuters.
For more information about Books on the Rail visit http://www.booksontherail.com/

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