Saturday, September 03, 2016
Books On The Rail sets books free on Melbourne's trams, trains and buses
Books On The Rail was modelled after London's Books On The Underground. Twitter: Books on the Rail
Hundreds of books are travelling independently on Melbourne's trams, trains and buses in search of a reader.
The free range books have been set loose on the city's public transport by "book ninjas" as part of a new movement called Books On The Rail.
Co-founder Michelle Kalus said each book was festooned with a sticker on the front and a flyer inside the cover explaining the project.
"It says who we are and instructs people to take the book, read it, enjoy it, and then return it to a service," she told 774 ABC Melbourne's Rafael Epstein.
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Ms Kalus started Books On The Rail in April with friend Ali Berg, who met the founder of a similar initiative while living in London.
She and Ms Berg have set up a website where members of the public are able to sign up to become book ninjas — people who place books on public transport.
"We'll send you out a book ninja pack with stickers and flyers," Ms Kalus said.