More than 1,500 visitors learned about free library downloads by touring the Digital Bookmobile this past Saturday at the 2009 National Book Festival. And we spoke with thousands more who couldn’t fit in the crowded truck!
Positioned on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the community outreach vehicle introduced eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video at this national event, which attracted more than 100,000 visitors. In addition to the OverDrive crew, library staff from District of Columbia Public Library and Maryland’s Prince George’s County Memorial Library System came out to support their digital download services.
Patrons were excited about downloading digital media from their local library, especially digital eBooks which support direct transfer to the Sony Reader. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congess, also had a chance to tour the Digital Bookmobile and shared his passion for the ever-changing world of public libraries. I got to meet Judy Blume at the Festival while other OverDrive team members met (and had pictures with) noted authors such as Nicholas Sparks and Lee Child.
If the event on the Mall wasn’t big enough, The Washington Post, CBS News, and a few local TV and radio stations also shared the news of our download library network from our 74-foot tractor trailor. You can check out the CBS News coverage here.
Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at the National Book Festival. We hope we can see you again at the event next year. Or sooner if we’re coming to your town.