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Free Books Will Be Scattered Across the Public Transport System for Valentine's Day

Penguin Random House will add to the 'public libraries' of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
By Jasmine Crittenden
February 08, 2019
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Free Books Will Be Scattered Across the Public Transport System for Valentine's Day

Penguin Random House will add to the 'public libraries' of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
By Jasmine Crittenden
February 08, 2019
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No plans for Valentine's Day and no interest in making any? You're in luck. Go about your usual business next Thursday — that is, as far as humanly possible away from red roses, schmultzy songs and pashing pairs — and you could still be in for a nice little surprise.

That's because Penguin Random House is planning on helping you to escape — by setting you up with a book, instead of a person. After all, books can't talk back and, if they end up being not what you thought they were, you can always put them back on the shelf.

Said books will be dropped in bundles on trains and street libraries all over Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin and Launceston this Valentine's Day. The books will be wrapped in nondescript orange paper so there's no way of knowing if you've picked up a new release or a modern classic. The idea is to do away with pre-conceived ideas, promoted by particular genres, authors and cover art.

The publishing house is scattering the books in partnership with Street Libraries Australia, Sydney, and Books on the Rail, which launched in Melbourne in early 2016 and regularly circulates books on Melbourne's public transport. If you find one, take it home and read it — just remember to pop it back on the train when you're done.

Published on February 08, 2019 by Jasmine Crittenden

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