Developing a digital reading interface raises social, aesthetic and technical challenges. Panelists in this session will talk about interface development (web-based vs. client-based), technical decisions, community requirements and intellectual property issues.
CJ was recently named SVP of Product Management and Technology for Safari Books Online (a joint venture between O’Reilly Media and Pearson Publishing). Previous to this recent move, CJ spent seven years as CIO of O’Reilly Media. CJ spent the majority of her career doing software development and technology management in the financial services and healthcare industries prior to joining O’Reilly in 2000. She has worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Citibank, Travelers Insurance Company, Zenith Insurance and U.S. Healthworks. She is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, having attended Annapolis with the first-ever class of women in 1980 and served as a geophysics officer in the Navy. She also holds an MBA degree from the University of South Florida.
Travis is the co-founder of BookGlutton.com. Her day-to-day role has been Chief Creative Officer, creating the look and feel for the website and the Unbound Reader, and managing marketing and communications. Prior to founding BookGlutton.com Travis was a creative director at JLOOP.com. She has eleven years of on-line experience, and has worked in web design, advertising, online training and education. Her client history includes: Cisco, Sprint, Playstation, Wells Fargo, Macys, Midway Games and Dodge. In addition, Travis has won a number of awards for her interactive art, and has been recognized by Drunken Boat, The Flash Forward Film Festival, and the Electronic Literature Organization. She has a Masters Degree in Interactive Multimedia.
Aaron Miller is the co-founder of BookGlutton.com. His role is Chief Technical Officer, where he manages the architecture and development of the Unbound Reader, Catalog, website, and all widgets and APIs. He has eleven years experience working on-line; professionally he’s worked on both the creative and technical sides of projects—working at times as a writer and designer and at others a developer in San Francisco and LA. His clients include Wells Fargo, Organic, and Driving Media. Aaron has a Master’s Degree in Interactive Multimedia and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine.
Liza Daly is the Vice-President of Engineering at Safari Books Online and an experienced software engineer in digital publishing. In 2012 her companies Threepress Consulting and Ibis Reader were acquired by Safari. Liza is a strong advocate for experimentation, agile development, and innovation in publishing.
Ben Vershbow works on digital publications and online reading interfaces at the New York Public Library. Before coming to NYPL, Ben spent over three years at the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small Brooklyn-based think tank dedicated to exploring the future of reading, writing and publishing in the digital age. At the Institute, Ben collaborated with authors on a series of “networked book” experiments investigating new methods for writing and building community around web-based texts.
Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, XPLANE has grown to be the world’s leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave’s time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to educators, corporate clients and the public. He is also a founding member of VizThink, an international community of Visual Thinkers.
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