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Friday, November 6 • 10:30am - 11:15am
GOBI, YBP & Overdrive - Changes in the Book Distribution Landscape

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For background see http://www.against-the-grain.com/2015/03/atg-original-bt-ebsco-ybp-more-changes-to-distribution-channels/; http://www.against-the-grain.com/2015/06/newschannel-original-proquest-works-to-strengthen-services-to-academe-with-acquisition-of-sipx/ ; and http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Rakuten-and-OverDrive-Building-a-Major-Global-Ebook-Platform-103040.asp

This past year has seen many strategic changes to book distribution to libraries. In this session ProQuest's CEO Kurt Sanford (which has just acquired SIPX) and OverDrive's President & CEO Steve Potash (which was acquired by Japanese corporate giant Rakuten) will discuss their strategic moves along with consultant Dan Tonkery who will provide analysis and commentary on what this means for the future of book distribution in libraries.


Nancy Herther

Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota

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Steve Potash

President, OverDrive
Steve Potash is President and CEO of OverDrive, Inc., a company that he founded in 1986. Under his leadership, OverDrive has become a leading global platform for eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a network of thousands of libraries, schools and retailers in more than 50 countries worldwide.  Steve has been active in the electronic publishing industry since the 1980s, and launched OverDrive’s flagship content... Read More →

Kurt Sanford

President, ProQuest
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Dan Tonkery

CEO, Content Strategy

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