Italic Type is a celebration of what it means to be a reader. And about the magic that happens when readers come together to share, teach, learn, discuss, debate, and rejoice.

Why we're creating a better experience for readers.

Reading is Good for You

Reading improves just about every facet of your life. It reduces stress, improves brain health, preserves memory, and enhance empathy.

Community is Awesome

We are building a new social network for books and the people who love them. Learn something new from someone with a different life experience, get exposed to new books and ideas you might not have otherwise, and - perhaps most significantly - make new friends.

Ads are Not

We want to create a technology company focused on helping people read more books instead of serving more targeted ads.

Book Industry Needs Innovation

Publishers and authors want to sell more books. They want to have an ongoing relationship and conversation with readers. Italic Type will provide direct, targeted channels for more authors to breakthrough to the right group of readers.

Meet the Team

Emily Achler

Co-Founder and CEO

Emily is an experienced tech marketer, brand strategist, and writer. She applies her insights from a decade of leading book clubs to create the Italic Type platform and community for readers, by readers.

Jason Skicewicz

Co-Founder and CTO

Jason is a computer scientist and full stack developer who is on a mission to shake up the technology world of the publishing industry.

Christina Pappas

Co-Founder and CXO

Christina is a mixed-methods user researcher with an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and a fondness for speculative fiction. Book recommendations are her love language.

Michelle Martin

Community Manager

Michelle is the creator of a well known popular Bookstagram account. After trying different alternatives to goodreads, Italic Type was her favorite, so she proactively reached out to help build our audience.

Kara Yeomans

Product Designer

Kara is a multidisciplinary designer who uses design as a tool to strengthen the connection between people and the products they use. She is excited to lend her talents to reimagining how readers use technology to become better readers.