• Free books written by women will be scattered across public transport lines in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane next week. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
"We want to encourage Australians to put down the iPhone and pick up a novel."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

3 Mar 2020 - 3:15 PM  UPDATED 3 Mar 2020 - 3:15 PM

Here's some good news for book lovers on the hunt for a new read!

Free books written by women will be scattered across public transport lines in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this weekend, all part of local preparations for International Women's Day on March 8.

Now in its fourth year, Books on the Rail is an initiative looking to connect everyday Australian public transport users with a diverse collection of books while they travel on trains, trams, ferries and buses around the country.

In a social media post, the campaign's official account wrote: "Have you heard? Free books by amazing women from Clare Bowditch to Maxine Beneba Clarke to Gabbie Stroud will be travelling public transport this week for International Women’s Day."

It added: "Some will also be dropped by the amazing authors themselves! Keep your eyes peeled."

Created by "Melbourne-born, netball playing, dog-loving, bookaholics and best friends" Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus, Books on the Rail has been growing year-to-year and now enjoys support publishing companies including Pan Macmillan, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury Publishing, Hachette, Allen and Unwin, Penguin Books, Echo Publishing, and Black Inc. Books.

According to the initiative's website, the pair, who also write novels together, are hoping to "encourage Australians to put down the iPhone and pick up a novel."

"We launched in April 2016 by leaving our own books and ones purchased from second-hand bookstores on Melbourne trains and trams," the website reads.

"Since then, we have developed a passionate and thriving following and now collaborate with publishers and authors, distributing their notable and up-and-coming books. Thanks to our crafty Book Ninjas (500 and counting!) we have been able to launch Books on the Rail Australian wide! You can now find our books cruising around all states, including many regional areas."

If that sounds good to you, you'll need to hop on some public transport this Saturday or Sunday and keep your eyes open! Those playing along can keep an eye on Book on the Rail's official Instagram where sneak peaks of each book are shared to the account's story.

You can find out more information here.

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