Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16.
Throughout the day, readers have a chance to win a tablet by sharing what they’re reading, pictures of what they’re reading, or stories about ebooks by using the hashtag #eBookLove on readanebookday.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Readers are also encouraged to take part in, according to Overdrive, “the largest digital reading event,” by borrowing ebooks from their local library.
A recent study conducted by Overdrive showed that ebook usage is on the rise, and that new users are using libraries for their digital reading because of their broad selection of titles and 24/7 access.
Last week, the Pew Research Center published the results of a survey that found that Americans expressed positive views of local libraries. In a separate survey from earlier this year, Pew found that awareness of ebooks in libraries has been on the rise, with three in five adults knowing that their local library offers digital content, a significant increase from just 38 percent in 2015.
Moreover, a recent OverDrive survey found that many readers started using their library more because of the easy access to digital content. Through August 31 of this year, public library patrons have borrowed 136 million ebooks and audiobooks, a 24-percent increase over the same period in 2015.
Read an Ebook Day occurs during Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and public libraries throughout the country encourage students to get a free library card.
Author: Daniel Berkowitz