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Book swapping in London, News

Update – Photos from London policy conference and make a date for Book Swapping in January!

Well things are proceeding briskly now here at Book Swap towers. After a promotional tweet from our new friends at the IPPR, we’ve had nearly 20 people register their interest with our Book Swaps for London survey (which you can still take). It’s becoming clear that a lot of Londoners (and people outside of London too!), are really keen on getting on with setting up book swaps in their tube and train stations.

We’ve been asked by a few people what they should do now if they want to go ahead with setting up a book swap. While we don’t yet have permission from TfL to do this in tube stations (we’re working on it, though!), there’s nothing to stop you from approaching your local rail station manager to see if they’d be keen. All you have to do is head to your local station, and ask one of the station staff to speak to the station manager about putting a book swap in their station, or failing that, get the station manager’s email address from one of the staff. Once you have an email address, then we’ve put together a handy form letter that you can fill out explaining what you’d like to do! Grab our form letter from Google Documents.

IPPR has also sent some photos through of Chris presenting the winning #ideas4Mayor at the London Policy Conference last week (click to enlarge):

Finally, now that we know a whole bunch of you are keen to help out, we’re going to organize London’s first Book Swap meetup! Details will follow soon, but it will likely be in a central London pub towards the end of January. Hope to see you there!

Remember, you can always contact Book Swaps for London at, londonbookswap@gmail.com.

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