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Both Travis and Aaron sat on the panel of Building a Better Web-Based Book last week at the Tools of Change Conference 2009. It was a great panel, with CJ Rayhill of Safari Books Online, Liza Daly of Threepenny Press, Ben Vershbow of the New York Public Library and Dave Gray of XPLANE. We talked about the social, aesthetic and technical challenges of reading online — Aaron and I were particularly concerned about the fact that books must continue be visually appealing and community-based, even online.

Watch the video here.

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The team has returned from the Tools of Change conference and we’re now safely back at our desks, mulling over the possibilities. Not only was the conference educational and inspiring, it gave us Gluttons the opportunity to connect with a lot of people: publishers, content warehouses, writers, programmers, and a few philosophers. It gave us a face to conjure up for those of you with book photos as avatars. 🙂

The TOC also gave us a little validation. It was great to see discussions of books-as-a-place, presentations on the importance of community in reading, and (although there were few to say it) a few murmurs about making books beautiful, even online. Thanks, guys. That adds a spring to our step.

We’ve finalized our standing on a few huge issues and we’re pretty excited about the next three months. Stay tuned.