Celebrate International Read an Ebook Day Today

ebooks, libraries, overdriveEbooks 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.

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