This Valentine’s Day is definitely one day you’ll actually want to catch the train.
As part of Penguin Random House’s philanthropic mission to get us all reading more, they’re footing the bill for your reading material and distributing bundles of narrative pleasure all along rail routes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane today. Sure beats flowers and a box of Favourites.
Commuters should keep an eye out for any stray books lying around the car, and once you’ve clocked one it’s finders keepers. The selection of books follows no particular genre or theme, and there’s no knowing exactly where they’ll be planted so it’s really all just down to fate which book you get and even if you get one. Emma Watson did something similar on the New York subway with feminist literature, so rest assured the scheme is Hermione-approved.
Melburnians will be used to the idea of tram libraries ever since Books on the Rail started leaving tomes in tram cars, but for everyone else this is kind of mega and hopefully blossoms into a similar scheme where commuters return the books to public transport once read and keep the cycle going.
Leave the car at home and be prepared to see a lot more of this on your morning commute.
What: Free books
When: Wednesday 14 February
Where: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
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