This weekend, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. will become the center of the literary world as book lovers convene for the National Book Festival (Sept. 22 and 23). Of course, the Digital Bookmobile will be there front and center, showing visitors how to join the growing trend of borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from schools and libraries throughout the United States and around the world. As so many of our North American library partners have seen firsthand in recent years, the Digital Bookmobile is a fully customized 18-wheel tractor-trailer that travels the continent raising awareness for eBook-lending programs at libraries and schools.
Founded in 2000 by First Lady Laura Bush and hosted by the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival is an annual celebration of books and reading. The festival’s 2012 lineup includes bestselling authors Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides and many more. Readers can find eBooks and audiobooks by these authors—as well as many of the Library of Congress’ “Books That Shaped America”—on the Digital Bookmobile and at libraries throughout the OverDrive network.
With more than two-thirds of U.S. public libraries participating in the OverDrive network, more than 87 percent of the U.S. population now has access to eBooks and audiobooks via OverDrive. In the Washington, D.C. area alone, we serve more than 250 public libraries.
If you’re planning to attend the National Book Festival, we hope you’ll stop by and see us. We’ll have several representatives—including CEO Steve Potash—on hand to greet visitors aboard the Digital Bookmobile.
Michael Lovett is Public Relations and Social Media Specialist at OverDrive.