DETROIT — The Digital Bookmobile National Tour ( will showcase the free eBook and audiobook download services from public libraries in the Detroit area on June 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20.

At these free events, readers of all ages will learn how to download digital books from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery featuring iPhone, Android tablet, BlackBerry, Nook, Sony Reader and Kindle will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service.

Library card holders can check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting their library’s “Virtual Branch” Web site. To find a library near you, visit For more information about the Digital Bookmobile, visit

The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot community outreach vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore their libraries’ download service. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video.

The schedule is as follows:

* Friday June 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 4200 Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township
* Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jackson District Library, 244 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.
* Monday, June 18 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road in Rochester.
* Tuesday, June 19 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy.
* Wednesday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Novi Public Library at 45255 W. 10 Mile Road in Novi.

Patrons can take advantage of the download service around-the-clock when they visit the library’s Web site. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never late fees or damaged items.

The Digital Bookmobile is operated by OverDrive Inc., a Cleveland-based distributor of ebooks, audiobooks and more. More at


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