Every six months or so a story breaks in the publishing media about the launch of a “Netflix of Books.” Shorthand for subscription, on-demand, digital books, it’s a concept that appears again and again in the media, but has been slow to gain traction. Why is this area of publishing not growing more quickly, and what companies are working in this area? Do subscription services need to be publisher-specific or genre-specific? Most importantly, what direction is subscription moving in the next two years?
Travis is a consultant, startup owner and product manager interested in projects that combine technology and publishing, her focus is on reading systems, social features and user experience. She is the co-founder of two NYC startups: ReadSocial, which allows publishers to embed reading groups inside books, crossing content silos between different formats and systems (more at http://www.ReadSocial.net); and BookGlutton, an early web-based reader and catalog with in-book chat and shared notes. She led the work to reinvent NetGalley’s product in 2012, and has worked with Audible, Electric Literature, Flat World Knowledge, Fortnight Journal and Bibliocommons. Prior to founding BookGlutton, Travis was a creative director at JLOOP and an art production manager at Cisco Systems. She has over 10 years experience, and has worked in web design, advertising, online training and education. Her client history includes: The 911 Museum, Sprint, Playstation, Wells Fargo, Macys, Midway Games and Dodge. In addition, Travis has been recognized by Drunken Boat, The Webby Awards, The Flash Forward Film Festival, and the Electronic Literature Organization. She has a Masters Degree in Interactive Multimedia.
Social Entrepreneur with interest in media, mobile, publishing, user experience and product development with broad experience in business development, investment banking, strategy consulting and international development work.
Specialties Social Entrepreneurship, media, mobile, integrated marketing communication, project management, international development, capacity building, entrepreneurship.
Justo Hidalgo is co-founder of 24symbols, a platform that offers readers the ability to read and share digital books in the cloud, working in any reading device with internet connection and that gives users access to an international and multi-publisher’s catalogue. He is also a part-time product strategy and innovation consultant at Denodo, and teaches product strategy and innovation at the master’s degree in industrial design of Nebrija University, and technology for managers at the Nebrija Business School in Madrid, Spain. Justo is member of the Internet Society and mentor at the Startupbootcamp accelerator.
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.
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