Last week, the Digital Bookmobile wrapped up its 2010 tour in Texas, where we visited our library partners at Houston Public Library, Harris County Public Library, and Mesquite Independent School District. The event with Mesquite ISD was a very special one for both the Digital Bookmobile and the thousands of school students in the Dallas-area school district. It was the first Digital Bookmobile event to demonstrate a school’s eBook and audiobook download service to young readers, families, and educators.
Prior to the introducing eBooks and more to school students, the Digital Bookmobile held two events in the Houston area. We returned to the Houston Public Library’s Central Library where, as with many other events, eBooks were a hot topic. This time, library customers were able to download best-selling eBooks to their device on the spot using the iPhone and Android apps. Harris County, likewise, had dozens of people interested in the apps, as well as dedicated eBook readers like the Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble NOOK.
Speaking of the NOOK, the Digital Bookmobile opened its doors outside of a Barnes & Noble store in Harvey, Louisiana, where we introduced store customers to eBook downloads from Jefferson Parish Library. The events, held just prior to our Texas trip, were a great way to let Barnes & Noble customers know that they can find free eBooks from the library for their NOOK device.
There have been so many spectacular events since the last update, including those with our partners at St. Tammany Parish Library, Lee County Library System, and the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. We even received a chart from Lee County that illustrated the huge jump in circulation after their Digital Bookmobile events.
Lee County is one of the many libraries that have seen increased usage and media attention after the Digital Bookmobile has made a visit. As we wrap up the 2010, it’s thrilling to look back at just where we’ve been since the tour launched in August of 2008. The Digital Bookmobile has held 325 events, introduced downloads to 75,000 library customers, and traveled 80,000 miles in the U.S. and Canada.
It’s safe to say that after that much time on the road that there’s a little wear and tear on the truck. So for the next six months, the Digital Bookmobile will take a break for some upgrades and enhancements. We look forward to reintroducing our library partners to the Digital Bookmobile at Digipalooza in July. Until then, keep following the Digital Bookmobile on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and the website for updates on the 2011-2012 Digital Bookmobile national tour.
Dan Stasiewski is a marketing associate for OverDrive.