Digital Bookmobile to Showcase eBooks at National Book Festival, September 26 in Washington, D.C.
Festival-goers to explore eBooks and audiobooks for iPod®, Sony® Reader™, Mac® and PC from America’s libraries
Cleveland, OH – September 15, 2009 – As Americans spend an increasing amount of time online at home and connected through mobile devices, America’s libraries are engaging readers digitally with eBook and audiobook downloads. The Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase eBooks and other digital formats available 24/7 from America’s libraries with a unique exhibit at the 2009 National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) on Saturday, September 26 in Washington, DC. The high-tech 18-wheeler, as part of a national tour, will feature download services available from more than 9,000 libraries worldwide. Visitors will be able to browse a library’s download website, sample eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video on interactive PC and Mac® computer stations, learn how to download, and, test compatible devices including the iPod®, Zune®, and Sony® Reader™.
At the National Book Festival, the Digital Bookmobile will exhibit alongside an author lineup that includes James Patterson, Lee Child, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Jodi Picoult, Judy Blume, and Nicholas Sparks. Titles from these authors and many more are available for download from public libraries throughout North America and may be sampled on the Digital Bookmobile. To see if your library offers eBook and audiobook downloads from these best-selling authors, via http://FindLIBRARYeBooks.com.
The Digital Bookmobile has traveled 18,000 miles and hosted more than 150 events with 25,000 library patrons and staff in 28 states and Canadian provinces since launching its national tour in New York City in August 2008. A full schedule of past events (with images) and upcoming stops is available at http://www.digitalbookmobile.com/calendar.aspx. Resources for media can be found on the website at http://www.digitalbookmobile.com/Media.asp. You can also follow the Digital Bookmobile’s national tour on Twitter (@digibookmobile) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/digitalbookmobile).
The Digital Bookmobile, developed inside a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The one-of-a-kind community outreach vehicle creates an engaging download experience with the host library’s ‘Virtual Branch’ download website and digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks and more. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players.
The Digital Bookmobile is operated by OverDrive, which powers download websites at more than 9,000 libraries worldwide in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, Turkey, Singapore, and more. To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive global network and to find free downloads, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
OverDrive is the leading global digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers serving millions of end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. www.overdrive.com
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