Libraries that do business with Overdrive to power their e-book collection are likely familiar with Big Library Read. This is a program that has been transpiring for a number of years and basically gives libraries the ability to have access to a free e-book title to loan out an unlimited number of times during a small window. Today, Overdrive has announced that for the first time 2 e-books will be available.
More than 30,000 libraries and schools are participating in the world’s largest global eBook reading club. Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook. For the first time, two titles will be available to borrow online 24/7 through participating libraries and schools: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley (Open Road) and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (Abrams). The free program runs October 7-21 and to get started reading, all that is needed is a library card or student ID.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.