The Internet Bookmobile

By Deane Barker on August 19, 2004

Internet Bookmobile: This could be the greatest idea in the history of the world.

So what is the Bookmobile? It is a mobile digital library capable of downloading public domain books from the Internet via satellite and printing them anytime, anywhere, for anyone. It will be traveling across the country from San Francisco to Washington D.C., stopping at schools, libraries and retirement homes; places where people understand the value of a book. After the bookmobile leaves, each library will understand what it would take to make print and bind public domain books for their patrons.

Here’s an article about it from the San Jose Mercury News:

The van recently got kicked out of Walden Pond in Massachusetts for giving away Henry David Thoreau books and upsetting local book merchants. He has also taken the Bookmobile to places that really need it — Uganda, Egypt, India — printing out books for children at $1 a piece.

I have goosebumps right now.