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Digital Bookmobile to stop at William K. Sanford Town Library

The Digital Book-mobile is stopping in the Capital District at William K. Sanford Town Library in Loudonville on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The vehicle helps introduce people to digital books and the devices used to read them.

The Digital Book-mobile is stopping in the Capital District at William K. Sanford Town Library in Loudonville on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The vehicle helps introduce people to digital books and the devices used to read them.

— Though the printed word is stacked high in libraries downloading books digitally is only becoming more popular, but maybe you’ve wanted an introduction to this new experience.

The Digital Bookmobile national tour will stop at the William K. Sanford Town Library in Loudonville on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and showcase the OverDrive eBook lending service offered by the Upper Hudson Library System. Readers can learn first how to access their local library’s collection of digital books, along with audio books and other content, and then how to use the digital content on their specific device.

“The Digital Bookmobile … (is) helping thousands of patrons discover free eBooks and audio books from their libraries,” David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive, said in a statement. “The Digital Bookmobile helps public and school libraries promote downloadable eBooks, audio books, music, and videos by creating an engaging experience around the host library’s digital media collection.”

There are instructional videos and interactive workstations featured inside the 74-foot long, 18-wheel, tractor-trailer. The Digital Bookmobile offers a gadget gallery featuring several devices that include iPhone, Android tablet, BlackBerry, NOOK, Sony Reader and Kindle. The vehicle also has computers connected to high-speed Internet access, high-definition monitors and “premium” sound systems.

The vehicle is an updated version of the traditional Bookmobile serving communities for several years. More than 600,000 popular, classic and educational books are offered through its digital library.

Library cardholders can “check out” and read digital books from their libraries virtual branch website, which for Upper Hudson Library System can be accessed at uhls.lib.overdrive.com. The interactive learning stations will allow people to search a library’s digital collection.

There is one benefit that might appeal to some reader’s with eBooks: you won’t be paying any more late fees. Digital books will automatically disappear at the end of its lending period.

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