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by Em Phillips (subscribe)
Freelance writer, amateur photographer, over qualified in a number of fields, I'm also a mum and a lover of all things Melbourne :)
Published November 21st 2016
Have you ever found a book left on public transport? What if that book was left there just for you? This is the idea behind 'Books on the Rail'. Books are set loose on buses, trains, and trams around Australia, destined to be taken, read, and released back into the wild ready to be rediscovered. The aim is to share the love of reading through a travelling library for commuters with a range of fiction, non-fiction and even colouring in books in circulation.

Books on the Rail founders Ali and Michelle (Photo courtesy of Books on the Rail)


How can you join the movement? If you see one of these books on your commute, take it home, enjoy it, share it and then pass it on. You can also become a bonafide book ninja by ordering Books on the Rail stickers and attaching them to books you believe are worth sharing, choose your route and your moment to bid farewell and happy travels to your paperback.

Look for the Books on the Rail stickers on books waiting for new temporary owners (Photo courtesy of Crazybooklady - Books on the Rail Facebook site)


Due to the extremely passionate response from Book Ninjas so far, Books on the Rail are launching a monthly Sensei Subscription which allows you to have a blind date with a book each month. Included in the subscription each month is one bestselling surprise novel, a Book Ninja how to guide, a Book Ninja book club membership, and four Books on the Rail stickers. Subscriptions cost $20 per month, or for a unique Christmas gift you can purchase Christmas subscription specials for three or six months. Check out the website for more details.

One of the books being sent into the wild (Photo courtesy of Books on the Rail)


To celebrate the launch of sensei subscriptions, Books on the Rail are hosting the first ever book club on a train. Hosted on the last train carriage of the Frankston line departing at 11.14am on the 3rd of December. All you need to do to get involved is sign up to the Sensei Subscription to receive the book club book, read your blind date with a book and come along. Subscribers can join at any train stop along the line to discuss the November sensei subscription book and a different aspect of the book will be discussed between each train stop. You can find more information about the event on the event
facebook page.

A November Sensei Subscription (Photo Courtesy of Crazybooklady on the Books on the Rail facebook site)


A book doesn't want to be bought and left on a bookshelf after reading, gathering dust, the magic and adventure of reading a book was made to be shared. Search for the book that wants to find you, do a book drop for an unsuspecting fellow commuter to find, have a blind date with a book to demonstrate you really don't judge a book by its cover, join the revolution and become a book ninja.
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Cost: $20 per month for a sensei subscription
Your Comment
A brilliant idea, Em - love the idea of picking up a random book on a train, bus or tram!
by Elaine (score: 3|6232) 915 days ago
I love this idea - simply brilliant. I always left many books in airports in the hope that it finds its next destined reader... !
by karina Pamamull (score: 0|4) 913 days ago
I love this idea - simply brilliant. I have always left my finished books in airports in the hope that it finds its next destined reader... !
by karina Pamamull (score: 0|4) 913 days ago
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