At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, you don’t have to go far to find a web browser—which means you’re never far from your library’s digital collection. Whether you want to read a digital cookbook on your refrigerator door or entertain the kids by letting them flip through a children’s eBook on a touchscreen embedded in the car headrest, with OverDrive’s Next Generation platform, your digital library is always in reach.
Earlier this week, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash demonstrated how you can enjoy library eBooks on your living room TV with our browser-based eReading technology OverDrive Read. Yesterday, as Good E-Reader’s Michael Kozlowski reported, Steve used the 10-inch color touchscreen embedded into Samsung’s T9000 Refrigerator to pull up digital recipes. He then browsed the CleveNET digital collection on a touchscreen integrated into the rear headrest of a Jeep.
The rise of web-enabled touchscreens has huge implications for your library’s digital collection, as the technology gives patrons myriad new ways of engaging with digital content. If you haven’t already, get ready to hear from patrons looking to check out an eCookbook for their refrigerator or an audiobook for the car headrest.
Seeing how it’s now possible to access the digital library from anywhere, on virtually any device, what possibilities do you envision for your library’s digital collection? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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Michael Lovett is Public Relations and Social Media Specialist at OverDrive.
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