May 18, 2022

Video: OverDrive CEO Demonstrates eBooks on TV

In a new video OverDrive CEO Steve Potash demos using OverDrive to read ebooks on any television that’s connected to the Internet and has a web-browser. This is made possible by OverDrive’s web-based ereader.

The obvious question is do people want to read ebooks while looking at a large television screen? Do you? Perhaps moving forward as ebooks add more multimedia material the tv option will become more useful. Reading a newspaper article or brief magazine article is one thing but an entire book?

Is there a need in the education community for this type of thing vs. a dedicated ebook reader, tablet, and a printed book in the hands of each student?

Two things that are potentially useful coming out of this video.

1. OverDrive users can select books to read and manage their accounts in front of their television sets.

2. Steve Potash has us thinking–always good thing–about future uses for tv and digital publishing. This is most likely the reason for the video demo in the first place as it is also included in a post about his visit to the Consumer Electronic Show this week.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.