Last week we announced the new Big Library Read initiative as a joint effort between Sourcebooks, OverDrive and public libraries worldwide.  It’s a unique program (May 15-June 1) designed to unite the world in reading the same eBook title at the same time and to demonstrate the influence library patrons can have. We already know the power of libraries – this is a unique way to let the rest of the world know!

 

Excitement is building….since last week, over 2,000 libraries have opted-in to participate in this event from 8 different countries – on 4 continents!

 

The eBook for this pilot is Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone.  Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Malone, every member of your community (with a valid library card) can read the eBook at the same time at no cost to the library!  For more information about Big Library Read, Sourcebooks and the author, please see http://www.overdrive.com/big-library-read/.  See also this blog post from Sourcebooks’ CEO, Dominique Raccah.

 

As librarians, you are helping to develop this innovative and unique event that is the first of what could be an exciting, ongoing program.  Big Library Read resulted from numerous meetings with you, our library partners, ALA, Sourcebooks and other publishers, and we anticipate it will evolve into a program that can be customized for your local library or region.  When you opt-in to this first Big Library Read, you’ll be able to participate in the selection of future Big Library Read eBooks (and audiobooks), and you’ll also have access to promotional templates that you can use to build interest in your communities!

 

This free program runs from May 15 through June 1, so if you haven’t opted-in yet be sure to contact your OverDrive Account Specialist today.  Meanwhile, join the conversation on Twitter by using #BigLibraryRead!

 

Adam Sockel is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive