Press Release - Detail
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
CONTACT: Chanda Temple
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 444-9279
NATIONAL DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE TOUR TO STOP AT BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY ON OCT. 16, 2013 TO SHOW NEW WAYS TO EXPERIENCE DIGITAL BOOKS AND MORE
Birmingham, Alabama— Citizens wanting to learn how to download free e-books and audiobooks from the Birmingham Public Library, can get a great lesson on Wednesday, Oct. 16 during the Digital Bookmobile National Tour. The bookmobile will be parked outside the library on Park Place between Twenty-Second Street North and Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A gadget gallery featuring everything from the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, iPad mini and Windows Phone 8 to the Kindle Fire, Nook HD+ and Sony Reader will show visitors some of the portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service. People may bring their own electronic devices and get help setting them up for downloads. The event is free and open to all ages.
Attendees may also register to win a free Kindle e-reader.
“When the Digital Bookmobile stopped at our location in 2010, we had hundreds of visitors to walk through and become familiar with downloadable devices,” said Birmingham Public Library Director Renee Blalock. “As a result, we have increased our collection of e-books and other downloadable items. We are committed to keeping pace with changing technology and the needs of our community.”
Digital Bookmobile Features:
* Housed inside an 18-wheeler
*The 74-foot-long vehicle is equipped with computers, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems and a variety of portable media players
*Library volunteers and high-definition instructional videos will be available for assistance
*Learning stations will give visitors a chance to search the library’s digital media collection, use mobile devices and sample e-books, audiobooks, music and video
People with valid library cards can download books for free. Those without a card, may apply for one by presenting a valid drivers license or ID at the library's circulation desk. Barnes & Noble representatives will be present to demonstrate how to use the Nook. Please note that the library parking lot will be open but 2100 Park Place will be closed to traffic during the time of event.
The library's online download service is available 24/7. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to compatible mobile devices. Many audio titles can also be burned to a CD. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never late fees.
The Digital Bookmobile is a service of the Birmingham Public Library and is operated by OverDrive, Inc.
For more information about the national tour, please visit www.digitalbookmobile.com. For more information about the library's digital collection, please visit downloadable.jclc.org or www.bplonline.org.