Audiobook 3.0 (Was Ebook 3.0): The Converging of the Mobile Lifestyle Platform (1 of 2)

Audiobook 3.0: the converging of the mobile lifestyle media platform
Monday June 26 8-noon
Christopher Celeste, CEO PlayAway
Steve Potash, CEO Overdrive
Gillian Harrison, OCLC/NetLibrary

Intro by Eric Ipsen, ETIG (Emerging Technology Interest Group) chair

(about 50 people at start, growing to capacity as the session went on)

Background: Ebook 3.0 was the former title of this session. Sony was very interested in coming and didn’t want to upset ALA, but are very concerned to get the rollout of their new ebook reader right for an important audience. Each of the presenters here does both ebooks and audio books.

Goal: a conversation, not a vendor forum. Encouragement to ask tough questions (and for panelists not to be defensive)

Steve Potash, Overdrive CEO (Cleveland OH)

Digital book publishing for twenty years. Downloadable audio books.
Software company. Originally diskettes, then CD-ROMs. Some evolution since then.
Digital warehousing service for 500 publishers.
Ebooks in multi formats, much foreign lang, from 500 publishers. Ebook, audio, music, etc.
NY Public Library has a link to eCollection catalog. Music, audio books, ebooks (PDF