Vator Splash Competition (May 2010)
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BookGlutton
Location: 28-44 35th St., Astoria, New York, United States, 11103, United States
Founded in: 2008
Stage: Revenue generating
Number of employees: 1-5
Profitable year: 2011
Short URL: vator.co/bookglutton

BookGlutton

Books are Conversations
Startup/business
New York, United States United States
http://www.bookglutton.com
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Company description

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.


Team
  • Travis Alber
    Travis Alber | Team member
    Founder, President of BookGlutton Travis Alber has fourteen years of on-line experience and a penchant for big ideas. She's worked in web design, advertising, online training and education and has a Masters Degree in Interactive Multimedia. Her...
Business model

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.

Competitive advantage

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.