News Release - May 4, 2009

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Digital Bookmobile Coming to San Francisco Public Library To Demonstrate New Downloading Service

New Service Allows for Downloading Audiobooks, eBooks, Music and Videos on Personal Computers, CDs and MP3 Players

When: Friday, May 8, Noon – 5 p.m., and Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What: San Francisco Public Library launches its new digital downloading service with demonstrations at a 74-foot, 18-wheel Digital Bookmobile parked at the San Francisco Main Library. This also marks the 100th event for the Digital Bookmobile, which travels coast to coast demonstrating free library download services.

Where: Street side of San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. Bookmobile will be parked on Fulton Street, between Pioneer Monument and Larkin Street.

More Information: San Francisco Public Library is expanding its collection of materials with the addition of more than 4,000 downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, music and videos. Library card holders will be able to check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere from their own computers. The online site went live today, May 4, at The new free and easy-to-use download service will give patrons the opportunity to browse a growing collection of best-selling and classic titles from their own computers. To check out, users will need a valid library card, a personal computer and an Internet connection. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on the computer or transferred to a supported device, like an MP3. Included in the collection are hundreds of audiobooks that can be used with iPod devices. Many audio titles can also be burned to CD to enjoy in the car. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the collection. There are never any late fees or damaged items.


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