Auckland's public transport system to be infiltrated by free books
Auckland's public transport will soon be improving.
At least, there will be some lucky commuters able to while away time on board with a free book, courtesy of a Books on the Bus movement.
Inspired by Books on the Underground - London's version, supported by actress Emma Watson - Jade-Ceres Munoz kicked our version off on Thursday. She left Kiwi novel Mr Pip on a seat at the Britomart train station; someone picked it up and unwittingly joined the movement.
In it, Munoz wrote: "To the finder of this book, you are now part of something big!"
"Take this book. Read it. Then leave it for someone else to enjoy."
Munoz, a digital marketer with degree in literature, signed herself as a "book fairy".
"Anyone can be a book fairy," she said.
"Just leave a book you loved somewhere for another person to find and enjoy."
Munoz said she had always been keen to make libraries more accessible, and saw the public transportation system as an ideal venue.
"I believe you should be the change you want to be in the world, and since I've always loved reading I wanted to make the library experience more mobile," she said.
The mother-of-one was born in the Philippines and started the project there last year, just before moving to New Zealand with family.
After seeing a YouTube video of Emma Watson dashing around the London tube, hiding her favourite books for passengers to find, Munoz contacted the founders of Books in the Underground to ask about doing the same thing here.
"They've been very helpful, and encouraged me to start the movement in both Manila and Auckland," she said.
Publisher Allen and Unwin NZ had also agreed to help - Munoz said it would be donating some books to the cause.
She hopes to have about 100 books per month added to the public transport system
There is a Givealittle page for the project which Munoz said would be used to raise funds for book buying, and to make stickers "that would let people know not to hand these books in to lost property".