An unprecedented event starts today, May 15, as libraries around the world read the same ebook through a program called Big Library Read. Library card holders can access a digital copy of Michael Malone’s The Four Corners of the Sky for free via OverDrive between May 15 and June 1.
When libraries purchase ebooks it is no different than purchasing a traditional book. One copy can be checked out to one person at a time. The library may purchase additional copies to keep up with the demand for a particular book, but something called Digital Rights Managment (DRM) prevents the library from lending an ebook any differently than a traditional one.
During the Big Library Read, however, OverDrive is offering Malone’s ebook for free to participating libraries and anyone can download the ebook during that time period with a valid library card.
The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone’s novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others…or a gift we give ourselves?