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

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Chris Strauber is the Reference & Web Services Librarian for Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.

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

  1. I love my Kindle. It is the greatest invention next to a GPS. My husband and I are readers and purchase books by our favorite authors as soon as they come out. Of course this means we are running out of room in our home, even though we have book shelves everywhere. Now I can have all the books without the issue of storage. It is wonderful! The only thing I would recomend is that anyone buying a Kindle also purchase a cover to make sure the reading surface doesn’t get scratched or damaged in any way. I have mine in a red leather one – really cute and sexy.

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