• Books on the Rail are leaving free books all over Melbourne's public transport. (Instagram / @booksontherail)Source: Instagram / @booksontherail
A new organisation is spreading their love of reading across Melbourne.
Caitlin Chang

30 Aug 2016 - 2:08 PM  UPDATED 30 Aug 2016 - 2:11 PM

If you spot a book next to you on the train this afternoon, it may not be because of a forgetful fellow commuter.

Australian organisation Books On The Rail have started a campaign asking people to leave novels on trains, buses and trams to get people to share their love of reading all over Melbourne.

According to its website, the founders of Books On The Rail, Ali Berg and Michelle Kraus, were inspired to encourage more Melbournians to read after encountering a similar initiative, Books on the Underground, in London.

There’s no catch or gimmicks to the initiative, either. If you find a novel with the Books On The Rail sticker, you can simply pick it up and get reading. Users are just encouraged to share their photos on social media, so others users can see what books are being shared.

There are currently around 200 books travelling the public transport network, mainly in the city centre but there are plans to see them on suburban lines soon. 

Not just a great way to encourage reading, it could be a new way for smaller authors to reach new audiences. The organisation are also offering distribution for any authors and publishers wanting to share their stories. 

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