Big Library Read Allows Millions of Library Patrons To Read Simultaneously

By Jason Boog Comment

From now until June 1st, 7,500 libraries around the world have joined the Big Library Read–allowing millions of patrons to check out and read a single digital book simultaneously.

OverDrive and Sourcebooks have teamed up to share The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone. As libraries struggle to pay higher fees for some eBooks and some publishers limit the number of check-outs permitted for a book, this campaign could have an important impact. Here’s more from the release:

In addition to ongoing Facebook and Twitter (#BigLibraryRead) conversations during the pilot, Sourcebooks will host a live Facebook chat on May 23 with author Michael Malone.  Many of the largest library systems around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, including: Queens Library (NY), the U.S. NavyMelbourne Library Service (Australia)Toronto Public Library (Canada)London Libraries Consortium (United Kingdom), and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (South Africa). The Big Library Read is the first event of its kind and may be replicated in the future to reach wider and more targeted audiences.