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Books on the Underground is back to get London commuters reading

By Time Out London contributor

People worldwide are increasingly choosing their phones over books while they travel. But some say that trend is affecting our ability to concentrate, increasing our stress levels and worsening our language skills. Could giving away free books encourage us bleary-eyed commuters to start reading, improve our health and stir our imaginations?

Enter Books on the Underground. Founded in 2012 and recently revived, this initiative leaves books at tube stations for people to find, read and return to the Underground for others to discover. The project aims to get as many books as possible into circulation, announcing ‘drops’ on social media. Books are marked with a sticker so as not to be mistaken for lost property.

Follow BOTU on Instagram to join the book hunt and pick up something new to read for free. If you love the idea, you can even become one of the literary ninjas who leave books around the Underground – or just request a roll of stickers through the post and drop off books you don’t need any more to be enjoyed by others. Nicole Pihan

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