Writing and Speaking


I write for O’Reilly, Women 2.0, and Publishing Perspectives, among others. Some of my articles include:

The Future, Healthcare, and Conversational User Interfaces  |  Chatbots Magazine

Commenting On The Web Is Broken  | Women 2.0

Working with Startups: Five Tips for Publishers  |  Publishing Perspectives

Don’t Build Social – Thoughts on Reinventing the Wheel  |  O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing

It’s Time for a Publishing Incubator  |  O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto: A Collection of Essays from the Bleeding Edge of Publishing (Chapter 10: Above the Silos: Social Reading in the Age of Mechanical Barriers)

Reading Experience and Mobile Design: The Convergence is Inevitable  |  O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing

The 7 Key Features of an Online Community: They All Contribute To the Personal Experience of the Shared Space  |  O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing

Social Reading and Shared Experiences: An Overview  (Whitepaper) | O’Reilly Media



I can speak on startups, publishing innovation and user experience. Recent appearances include:

Cultivating Creative Thinking for Customer Experience  |  The Social Shake-Up, Social Media Today June 8, 2015

Lessons Learned for Publishing Startups Panel  |  TOC Jun 7, 2013

The Vibrant Future of the Creative Economy: Real World Value of Arts Thinking  |  New Museum’s Ideas City Festival NYC May 3, 2013

The Elusive “Netflix of eBooks”  |  TOC NYC Feb 14, 2013

Device Agnostic: Sharing Content and Collaboration Across Platforms (Liza Daly, Travis Alber)  |  TOC Charleston Nov 7, 2012

The Social Future of the Book: Creating Conversation and Community in and Around the Book |  Digital Book World Jan 24, 2012


Articles about Me:

5 Questions for Travis Alber: An Interview | Book Machine November 27, 2012

A perspective on the future of the book  |  Moby Lives  August 25, 2012

The Digitizers: Travis Alber of BookGlutton, which lets you chat about books—inside the books themselves  |  Teleread March 11, 2009

Chat While Reading: The Future Of Books?  |  NPR July 2, 2009