About Travis

Travis Alber running computer / soundboard at Pecha Kucha

Travis is co-founder and president of ReadSocial (a service that adds a social layer inside books and websites). Previously she founded BookGlutton.com, a destination site where reading groups read web-based ebooks; they chat inside any chapter and attach notes to any paragraph. She has consulted for a number of publishing entities, including Flat World Knowledge (open-source textbooks), Bibliocommons (social features for libraries), Electric Literature (iPad reading systems), Broadcastr (location-based audio stories), Fortnight Journal (a digital documentary journal), NetGalley (a service delivering digital galleys / early review copies to ebook devices)  and Audible.com / ACX (Audible’s new audio book recording and distribution exchange). She recently contributed a chapter to the new O’Reilly book Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto — A Collection of Essays from the Bleeding Edge of Publishing, coming out Spring 2012.

Prior to founding BookGlutton.com, Travis was a creative director at JLOOP.com. She has 15 years of online 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 been recognized by Drunken Boat, The Webby Awards, The Flash Forward Film Festival, the W3 Awards and the Electronic Literature Organization. She has a Masters Degree in Interactive Multimedia.

Travis manages (and is comfortable being hands-on) with User Experience, Design, Publishing, and Project Management for both mobile and web; she is happiest focusing on product. Travis also works independently as a digital artist in New York City. Her work focuses on finding a sense of place and the meaning of time; she has been published in Drunken Boat and The New River Journal. A few examples of interactive art projects include Morpheus: Biblionaut, Dandelion Chance, and 30 Days of Rain.

LinkedIn gives an insane amount of detail, so check that out as well. It doesn’t mention the banjo playing or the fireplaces, but that’s probably for the best.