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For two years Gabriel Levinson has been pedaling a custom tricycle around Chicago, giving away free books to anyone. This summer, he’s filling his bike with works from independent publishers: high-end literary works, handmade zines, and all sorts of books between.

Last month Levinson held a fund drive to raise $1,000 to cover the cost of more books (and bike maintenance).  He promised that if $1,000 was raised, he’d put a book from his own private library into the bike’s giveaway box: a first-edition, signed copy of Dave Egger’s How We Are Hungry.

Although the donors came close, the total was only $875 and Levinson kept his book for now.  You can still give donations on the bike’s site in order to keep the bookbike rolling, or at the donation box at The Book Cellar in Chicago.

Book bikes aren’t just in Chicago. In Chiang Dao, Thailand, the Makhampom Foundation made decorated motorbike carts for children’s books so they can reach children in villages that are inaccessible by bus.

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