We started Italic Type to build a company that works with single-minded dedication to enhance the reader’s experience with simple, beautiful technology.

Why we're creating a better experience for readers.

Beautiful Design

We are building new technology, driven by beautiful design to enhance the reader's experience. Thoughtful details and interactions will provide the perfect accompaniment to an open book. Reduce the light of the app when reading before bed? We've thought of that.


We believe that the best book recommendations come from friends, not algorithms (and definitely not marketing email blasts). Everyone has that friend who when they tell you to read something, you do. At Italic Type, we are building tools to make that transaction as easy as possible.

What about...

Alternative online reading platforms are outdated and full of features that people don't need or use. We are reimagining what a book social network should be by building only those features that enhance your reading experience with friends.

Support Local

We believe that the world is better with your local book store and a fully funded library. One of our key goals in building Italic Type is to support independent, local bookstores and your local library system.

Who We Are

Emily Achler

Emily has extensive experience working on all sides of the startup / VC world. For the past 4 years she has run a 30+ person book club in Chicago which she co-founded.


Jason Skicewicz

Jason has 20+ years of startup experience, backed up with engineering and computer science degrees from Northwestern University. His Chicago Public Library account always has at least 4 books on hold at any given time.