This year’s Digital Book World conference has been filled with industry attention on a number of topics. Children’s content has received a lot of the focus, as has the current wider adoption of the ePub3 standard. New terms have even been coined, with the recognition of the “hybrid” author as a driving force in the publishing industry.
One of the areas that hasn’t received as much attention recently is the current state of ebook lending. While people on both sides of the issue—those who represent the interests of libraries and those who speak for the concerns of publishers—have assured the industry that progress is being made, it is certainly moving slowly.
OverDrive‘s CEO Steve Potash was on hand at this year’s Digital Book World conference and took a few minutes to talk to Good e-Reader about the buzz surrounding ePub this year and about their recent release of data concerning the massive growth of users connecting to library content through the OverDrive catalog.