How do people feel about the idea that the panel icons would disappear, unless your mouse is hovering over the panel itself.
So it would be a bit like how kindle works, you don't need all of the buttons and stuff while you are reading, only when you are moving your mouse in that panel. Each panel could then be plain white, (or black) like a real book page.
Consider the visual impact it would have on a screen like this:
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