The big rumble along the National Mall this week isn’t because of another politician’s caravan of limousines and traffic cycle escorts. This one is courtesy of one special 18 wheeler and driver making an important delivery – it’s the Digital Bookmobile, and it might be making a stop near your town soon.
The Digital Bookmobile will be barreling down highways and coming to the rescue on their 2012 National Tour. This unique truck will be making stops at libraries in Virginia and D.C. from Sept. 22-26.
You may ask, what is a bookmobile? Essentially it is a decked out 18-wheel tractor trailer holding 74 feet of space for a digital library. The Digital Bookmobile’s mission is to teach people of all ages how to work and download free e-Books, audiobooks, music and videos provided by local libraries. This interactive truck contains a computer station and a gadget gallery for guests to play on an Android tablet, iPhone, Blackberry, Nook, Sony Reader or Kindle.
The Digital Bookmobile encourages visitors to give books on a touch-screen a try. Most of today’s libraries are equipped with many Internet-accessible computers and free Wi-Fi services, so visitors can read books both ways. Thousands of public libraries across the country are now participating in digital media archiving. Many administrators think that eBooks and audio books are just as important in getting kids to open their minds and creativity as paper books ever were.
The Digital Bookmobile was a public relations program started by OverDrive Digital Media (this is different from Overdrive Magazine for truckers). OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. The company partners with thousands of publishers, libraries, schools, retailers, and aggregators serving millions of end users. The company is based in Cleveland, OH.
Still confused about what the Digital Bookmobile has to offer? Follow this link to see images and videos of kids and parents using this unique creative workshop all over the country.