Stage: Revenue generating
Number of employees: 1-5
Profitable year: 2011
Short URL: vator.co/bookglutton
What if every conversation about a book could take place inside the book itself? BookGlutton is a web-based reading platform and social network that enables conversations inside books using chat and annotations. Social reading is immediate: click any paragraph and attach a comment (to which others can respond); chat inside any chapter with other readers. It's an entirely new way to read, to match the way we live.
The business model has three parts. First, a metered API for partners who want to offer our social reading technology to their readers. Second, in addition to our freemium model, a pro-account with additional reading features. And third, a publisher-revenue split with content sales.
BookGlutton is the only social reading experience on the market today. Moreover, BookGlutton is web-based, so it integrates well with web technology and isn't tied to a particular device. Finally, it is feature-based, with a focus on EPUB, so it's built for the future, not the past.