The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is offering a great incentive to travel: free ebooks! They are partnering with the Broward Country Library to provide books to patrons, and there’s no catch.
No library card will be required to borrow the books, you just need a QR Code in order to install the app on your tablet or smartphone. These codes are available at twelve different book stations set up around the baggage claim area.
One of the benefits of this program is that none of the books expire! They are yours to keep, which leaves me to believe they are part of the Overdrive Classic Pack that many libraries are getting hooked up with.
The new Overdrive initiative, which is the system the library provides to the airport, taps into its Global Network to deliver the digital content. They will be offering free ebooks from Thomas Nelson, Encyclopedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, and Lonely Planet. These new product lines will enable libraries to provide “always available” eBooks without waiting lists or holds, in addition to offering the publishers’ titles under the one-copy/one-user model. Libraries will be able to choose from thousands of titles in subjects, including Christian fiction and nonfiction, reference, young adult, children’s, and travel.
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.