Steve Potash: Recent Digital Book Developments in North America and International Markets – Challenges and Opportunities

Foto von Steve PotashRetail reports for flat or declining trade eBook sales have led to a perception of low interest by consumers for eBooks in recent years. At the same time, demand for digital audiobooks has been growing remarkably. As a result of the worldwide growth of Smartphones and connectivity, publishers have unique new channels to sell and profit from digital books sales in the global market. Steve Potash, Founder and CEO of leading digital book company Rakuten OverDrive, will report on areas of extraordinary growth including the dramatic success for digital books in schools, knowledge centers, and libraries. OverDrive sells eBooks and digital content to a global marketplace of 40,000 institutional customers in 70+ countries.

Mr. Potash will also report on the challenges and objections OverDrive is leading to protect the future of eBooks and the EPUB specification which is the subject of a transaction pending with the IDPF and the W3C.

Eine Keynote der Jahrestagung der IG Digital.

Montag, 11. Juni, 11:45 Uhr

Steve Potash is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OverDrive, a company that he founded in 1986. He also serves on its Board of Directors. As CEO, Steve leads an Executive Strategic Team focused on OverDrive’s vision to create “A world enlightened by reading.” Under his leadership, OverDrive has become the leading digital reading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media for libraries, schools, government agencies, corporate learning centers, colleges, and universities worldwide.

A true pioneer in the digital content industry, Steve was among the first to develop useful applications for digital books in the 1980s. He began his career offering innovative floppy diskette, CD-ROM and print-to-digital conversion services, and introduced early versions of digital books to the law, accounting and healthcare industries. In 2000, Steve launched OverDrive’s flagship global content distribution hub, OverDrive Marketplace, one of the largest B2B catalogs in the world for institutional buyers of eBooks and other digital media in over 100 languages. Leading publishing houses rely on OverDrive to sell their premium content to a global network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries.

Steve has been recognized by the industry with a variety of awards. In 2016, he was honored by the UJA-Federation of New York Publishing Division, and in 2011 he received the first Ambassador Award from the publishing industry at BookExpo America. In 2017, Steve also was honored as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from Cleveland State University.

A graduate of The Ohio State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Steve was a founding member of the Open eBook Forum (renamed International Digital Publishing Forum) and a contributing author for the industry standard eBook format EPUB specification. In addition, through his collaboration with federal and state agencies, Steve has worked extensively for improved digital media accessibility for the visually impaired.

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