The Books on the Underground Family

After Books on the Underground begun picking up steam in London, people from other countries discovered us – and some of these gems decided they would like to have a go in other areas of the world! We recently launched The Book Fairies, too.

Books on the Underground

books on the underground logoLondon, UK – est. 2012

Founded by Hollie and now run by Cordelia, with a group of “Book Fairies”, Books on the Underground was the start of our book-sharing journey. Since inception, we have shared over 2000 books on the London underground, and work regularly with major publishers, authors and also film promoters. We have big plans to help authors to reach new readers through the power of giving, borrowing and social interaction.

books on the subwayBooks on the Subway

New York, USA – est. 2013

Set up by Rosy and Hollie, Books on the Subway aims to bring joy to commuters around New York. Find them on Twitter @BooksSubway, or head to the BOTS website.

books on the metroBooks on the Metro

Washington, USA – est. 2014

Nioke in Washington D.C. heard about Books on the Underground and was so keen to get involved, that we supported her in setting up Books on the Metro! She regularly gets new paperbacks out there on the trains. Head over to her twitter to see where they are dropping books next.

books on the l chicagoBooks on the L

Chicago, USA – est. 2014

This is a project set up and run by advertising agency Leo Burnett with our help, and they only distribute books during Chicago Ideas Week. Keep an eye on the hashtag to see what’s happening next.

books on the rail australiaBooks on the Rail

Sydney, Australia – est. 2016

From Ali and Mick: “We launched in April 2016 by leaving our own books and ones purchased from second-hand bookstores on Melbourne trains and trams. 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.” Visit the website at

The Book Fairies – worldwide, est 2017

The Book Fairies allows anyone around the world to share their love of books.

By simply ordering some stickers, and using #ibelieveinbookfairies, you can join a community of book lovers and sharers!