A few days ago, I wrote an article about the possibility of paper books going away. Today I found out that the Digital Bookmobile would be coming to Akron, OH in the beginning of August 2011. Maybe this new kid on the block is coming to replace his paper cousin.
What is Digital Bookmobile?
The Digital Bookmobile is a community outreach vehicle ( 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer) that promotes downloadable books, audiobooks, music, and video in a digital format. Digital Bookmobile is hosted by the local library and operated by a Cleveland, OH based company, called OverDrive.
The outreach vehicle is equipped with PCs with high speed internet, high-def monitors, sound systems, and portable media players. Visitors can use the PCs to search their local virtual branch library catalog and download a media file to a portable electronic reading device such as iPad, Nook, and Kindle.
The vehicle has been touring around the US and will be coming to Ohio soon.
Information about the event in a nutshell, including local libraries’ digital book catalogs is listed below.
|Aug.1||Cuyahoga County Public Library Solon Branch||1 – 7 PM||http://ebcd.cuyahogalibrary.org/|
|Aug.2||Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library||10 AM – 4 PM||http://ohdbks.lib.overdrive.com|
|Aug.3||Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library||10 AM – 4 PM||http://akronlibrary.lib.overdrive.com|
|Aug.4||North Canton Public Library||2 – 6 PM||http://ohdbks.lib.overdrive.com|
Can’t make it the Digital Bookmobile event?
It is not a problem.
Your local library’s digital book catalog is accessible 24/7 through the links listed above.
You can use Windows and Mac based PCs/Laptops, as well as smartphones/portable electronic reading devices with an internet connection. You will be prompted for your library card number and password, too. The password is usually the last 4 digits of your listed phone number. So, have your library card ready.
Still confused? More details to follow.