20,000 Libraries to Participate in World’s Largest Global eBook Club
“The Other Einstein” eBook can be borrowed, read and discussed for free for two weeks from public libraries worldwide
CLEVELAND — June 12, 2017 —She’s the woman behind one of the most famous men of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein. Meet Mileva Marić, The Other Einstein. Readers can learn all about this remarkable woman and her compelling story by participating in the world’s largest global book club, Big Library Read. From June 12-26, thousands of readers around the world will borrow the historical fiction eBook, The Other Einstein, by visiting their local library’s digital collection website or biglibraryread.com. Nearly 20,000 public libraries worldwide are participating. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.
The Other Einstein (Sourcebooks) by Marie Benedict offers a window into the fascinating story of Einstein’s first wife. A brilliant physicist in her own right, her contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. A book based on the real-life of Mileva Maric with factual and fictional details, it offers readers a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow.
“The moment I first learned about Mileva, I discovered that she was fascinating in her own right and I felt compelled to tell her tale,” said Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein. “When I learned that The Other Einstein had been selected to be the next Big Library Read, I was elated, to say the least. The idea that library readers would be introduced to Mileva “Mitza” Marić and that they might discuss her singular life thrilled me. It helped fulfill the sense of duty that I feel to share Mileva’s historic, yet modern, story with as many readers as possible.”
Big Library Read is an international reading program through public libraries and all that is needed to get started is a library card. The free program runs for two weeks and readers can join an online conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com. The Other Einstein can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® [U.S. libraries only] without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library. The reading program started in 2013 – The Other Einstein is the 13th title selected – and has grown into the largest digital Book Club worldwide. Titles are selected for the Big Library Read through a popular vote of readers and librarians. For more information, visit your local library or visit BigLibraryRead.com.
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com
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