Last summer Sony partnered with some libraries in the US to promote digital reading and its Sony eReader. It trained staff, provided technical support, educational materials, and Sony eReaders for the library personnel’s use. The Readers Library Program proved very successful with digital reading more than doubling in a month. Now, Sony is expanding the program to 30 more libraries across 20 states.
Participating libraries will be provided in-house training on the Sony eReader – digital formats, sources of digital materials, etc., educational materials and demos for librarians and staff to learn about digital books, eBook lending, and eReader usage.
The first phase of our Reader Library Program was a tremendous success with participating libraries across the country reporting significant interest from patrons corresponding with strong growth in digital lending,
said Phil Lubell, Sony Electronics’ Vice President of Digital Reading.
Today, we’re excited to announce the next 30 participants in the program and look forward to opening up digital reading opportunities to more consumers.
Among the new additions are Pikes Peak Library District, Parkland Community Library, Laguna Hills Technology Library and the Kalamazoo Public Library. Non-participating libraries can access program information, application requirements, free eBook training videos, and printable collateral to educate their patrons at www.sony.com/libraryprogram.
[via Digital Reader]