This past weekend, I was in NYC at the Digital Bookmobile event with the New York Public Library – Seward Park Branch, near Chinatown. NYPL circulates tens of thousands of digital audiobooks and eBooks each month, but in a city with millions of people, a majority is still unaware that the download service even exists. During the day, hundreds of New Yorkers learned about downloading from the library — excited to hear that they could get The Lost Symbol to listen on their iPod®, among thousands of other best sellers and classics. But the news that there are now Chinese-language eBooks available certainly took the spotlight.
OverDrive recently signed an agreement with ChineseAll, a publisher of best-selling fiction and non-fiction in the Chinese language. Their collection features hundreds of eBooks and thousands of audiobooks (coming soon) covering an array of subjects: literature, history, geography, philosophy, economics, education, military, medicine, and more. Some of these were even adapted into films or TV series in China and were quite popular.
Many other libraries, like San Francisco Public Library, Boston Public Library, and Cleveland Public Library, have already added ChineseAll titles to their collection. If you’re interested in a recommended list of their best books to add to yours, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Side note: On top of this being a great event with NYPL, it was also my first trip to NYC. (I know, can you believe it?). Having grown up in rural Ohio, I was overwhelmingly excited to experience the Big Apple, and it did not disappoint! My favorite part: Jamie Kelly, another Digital Bookmobile team member, and I took a ride in a rickshaw from Times Square to Central Park.