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Books on screen, and on wheels

The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile will make two stops at Capital District libraries on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 8 and 9. The interactive vehicle teaches library patrons how to access digital materials.

The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile will make two stops at Capital District libraries on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 8 and 9. The interactive vehicle teaches library patrons how to access digital materials.

As long as patrons have their library card handy, the process is quick and easy.

“It’s very similar to shopping for anything online. You add a book to a little cart and check it out,” said Benedetti.

First, cardholders find the book, album or movie they want in a digital catalogue. Then, they add it to a cart and can choose to have it available for one, two or three weeks. After the borrowing time expires, the item automatically is deleted from the account.

“You don’t have any late fees and don’t have to remember to return a book,” said Benedetti.

Patrons can access the digital library 24/7, even outside library hours. Materials can be downloaded to Kindles, iPods, iTouch devices, Android tablets, the NOOK, Sony Reader, Blackberry, Windows Phone and other portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service.

An added perk to attending the digital bookmobile event is that the library system is giving away a free e-reader to one attendee. There will also be giveaways for kids.

For more information about UHLS digital download services, visit digitalcollection.uhls.org. To learn more about the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile, visit digitalbookmobile.com.

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