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The Official Blog of

Steve Potash

Steve Potash

Founder & CEO, OverDrive


Pursuing the Holy Grail of Library eBook Models

Feb 22, 2021

I have been following the news of the recent Mars landing and the exciting exploration plans that have begun.  The flawless landing and early images sent by the rover represent the culmination of years of dreams and aspirations of hundreds of scientists and engineers.  I have one request for the NASA team to add to the experiments and discovery on the red planet.  Can they scan the Martian landscape to find a digital book lending […] Read more

Macmillan publishes a work of fiction

Aug 01, 2019

Macmillan, a global publisher of science fiction and fantasy, offers a catalog of many great works of fiction.  John Sargent’s recent letter to Macmillan authors, illustrators, and agents, regarding Macmillan’s changes to their library lending terms for ebooks, and the justification for the same, is another work of fiction.   This work of fiction was used to justify a new policy to embargo newly released titles for library lending for 8 weeks from date of publication.   […] Read more

The origin of the name OverDrive

Jun 13, 2019

I often get asked where the name OverDrive came from. There are several parts to the story, starting with my love of cars. Our earliest logos for the company were a Hurst Shifter from the muscle cars of the 1970s: Corvette, Camaro SS, Mustang, or the Pontiac GTO. I also spent three years organizing and operating the Around the World Auto Race, which was an international auto rally to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial, but let’s […] Read more