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The Digital Bookmobile: Promoting the rise of e-books and new-age public libraries

The Digital Bookmobile: Promoting the rise of e-books and new-age public libraries

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The number of people tossing their paperbacks in favor of a tech-savvy Kindle or iPad continues to grow. To capitalize on and help libraries benefit from the trend, the Digital Bookmobile is on a national tour that's currently stopped in Austin. 

The colossal 18-wheeler cruises the country, visiting various public libraries and giving each the platform to promote their download services for e-books, audio books, music and video. Deemed a community outreach program, the Digital Bookmobile is described as "a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades."

In otherwords, it's furnished with broadband Internet-connected PCs, impressive high-definition monitors, premium sound systems and a variety of portable players.

“The Digital Bookmobile, powered by OverDrive, will present at more than 50 libraries this year, helping thousands of patrons discover free eBooks and audio books from their libraries,” says David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive.

Next time you lament having to go to a local library only to lug around heavy books, look into its dowloadable offerings. On Friday, the Digital Bookmobile will be stationed in Buda at Jack C. Hays High School for its final stop in Austin. Be sure to visit between 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to see what new-age libraries have to offer.