January 29, 2017
It’s hard to say this more clearly than the Books On The Subway site, so we quote…
It’s like a public library, but on the New York Subway.
We go out and leave some of our favorite books on the New York subway. There are new books every day, and they’re there to be taken, read, shared, and most importantly, enjoyed! We want everyone to get involved and fall in love with reading again and we want to make the subway a more friendly and enjoyable experience.
So, if you find a book from us on the subway, feel free to pick it up and take it home with you, but when you’re done, be sure to put it back on the subway for someone else to enjoy.
Launched in 2013 by Rosy Kehdi and Hollie Fraser (Fraser had started Books on the Underground in London a year earlier), BOTS gets books from authors, publishers and ordinary readers. The books are left on benches, or just about anywhere there’s a shelf, and returned when readers have finished them. There are now stickers to identify BOTS books. If the photos are any indication, the offerings seem shy of poetry. So we add this:
Calling all authors & publishers! Please feel free to reach out to us if you would like to send us your books to distribute on the subway. If you would like to get your own sticker to place on your books and distribute, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.