Parable Read

The citywide read returns with Octavia E. Butler's classic sci-fi novel.

JAN 19–MAR 30, 2020


Through a partnership with Boston Public Library, e-book and audiobook versions of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower will be available instantly from January 19 – March 13 with no wait or queue.

Boston Public Library card holders may sign-In to Overdrive or RBdigital with your library card and pin on a computer or app, and follow the steps to download and start reading or listening.

Don’t have a Boston Public Library card? If you live in Massachusetts, sign up for an eCard at or visit one of our many branches.

Ebook Instructions


  • To read on a phone or tablet, download the Libby by Overdrive app from your devices app store.

  • To read on a Kindle reader, you will need an amazon account to which your kindle is registered.

Audiobook Instructions


  • To listen on a phone or tablet, download the RBdigital app from your devices app store.

  • First time RBdigital users will need to register for an RBdigital account using their Boston Public Library card and PIN.


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