Global holiday encourages the reading and discussion of ebooks on September 18


CLEVELAND, OHIO – September 18, 2018 – For centuries, reading has evolved to remain a favorite pastime by adapting to new formats – the latest shift to digital books suits the needs of an on-the-go, digitally-savvy global society. Digital books allow a highly mobile society to enjoy reading anytime, anywhere while connecting with a global community. Today, booklovers around the world can celebrate Read an Ebook Day by enjoying an ebook and sharing their love for reading via social media with their community members. Now in its fifth year, this international holiday was created to celebrate the ease and convenience of digital reading and modern storytelling.

To participate, readers choose an ebook then join the conversation on social media by sharing what they’re reading along with stories about why they love ebooks using the hashtag #ebookLove. In addition to purchasing from retail outlets, many readers borrow ebooks from their public library through for free through Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app. Participants can also win a Kobo Aura ONE by sharing their #ebookLove on any social media platform.

“Talking about what we’re reading has always been a great way to connect with others,” said Chris Weaver-Pieh, Collection Resources Manager at Medina County District Library. “Our library encourages our patrons to participate in Read An Ebook Day as a new way to keep that conversation going in the digital age.”

Ebooks enable readers to take their favorite stories and authors with them on a variety of devices. Through Libby, users may browse their public library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ devices, Windows® tablets, and Kindle® [US libraries]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

Visit to see suggested titles, listen to author interviews and join the conversation.


About Rakuten OverDrive and Libby

Rakuten 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, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 40,000 libraries and schools in 70 countries. Named one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2017, Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.

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