TeleRead cranks up Ezoic Website optimizer: Moneyball concept will benefit our writers

By David Rothman
August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Remember the book Moneyball, along with the movie? Empirical data counted for the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, more than did baseball traditions. Billy Beane focused not merely on statistics in general but on just the right numbers. That’s what TeleRead has been doing, in a [...]

It’s ok to post comments again now: We’ve moved to a new hosting service, and RSS is even back.

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

To speed up the TeleRead site and improve its reliability, we’ve moved to a new Web host, eApps. The switch was why we suspended commenting for a few hours early this morning, Washington, D.C. time. For now, you’ll see some breakage. But once again, you can post comments, and we can put up news [...]

Wanted: Your mugshot or other photo to show up with your TeleRead comments

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Let’s give the TeleRead community some faces—human ones, especially of the smart, thoughtful people who regularly enrich our site with comments. It’s simple. Just sign up for a Gravatar, an image that will show up in blogs and many other places online, based on your e-mail address. [...]

No going Barefoot: If you see a suspicious ad on TeleRead, tell us!

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

As I’ve mentioned, we run advertisements on our front page here at TeleRead, but we do have our standards. I just noticed an interesting-looking ad pop up from an outfit called Barefoot Writers Club, clicked through to where it offered a “free report” in return for an email address, and got [...]

Show Notes: TeleRead Podcast Gen Con 2015 Interviews (1 of 2)

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s taken me much longer than it should have, but I finally got around to uploading the first half of my collection of audio interviews from Gen Con this year to the TeleRead Podcast. I apologize for the low quality of the recordings; I’ll be using a different device next time I do such [...]

Pathetic! Dropping comment sections can be media arrogance at its worst

By David Rothman
August 17, 2015 // 6 Comments

Jessamyn West, a well-known librarian who moderated for the MetaFilter Web site, has a thoughtful essay in Medium on how sites can do comments right. It’s obvious to me. Editors and publishers should expect intelligence and civil replies to writers and to other commenters. Trolls should be [...]

TeleRead Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe resigns to focus on consulting and fiction-writing

By David Rothman
August 4, 2015 // 6 Comments

Over the past two years, TeleRead has been lucky enough to employ Juli Monroe as editor in chief. But two other Julis exist: one a social networking whiz and another a novelist. And this week Juli told me that old and valued consulting clients were now tugging at her for more of her time. What [...]

Adobe creates new mobile app development infrastructure

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Adobe is building an infrastructure to let people create their own mobile apps without having to program. It seems to be focused primarily around displaying content on mobile devices. Essentially, this is a web content management system (CMS) adapted to mobile, with the ability to build a pretty [...]

Editor Chris Meadows on e-books, DRM, and lots else—for Kindle Chronicles podcast

By David Rothman
August 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows, our new editor, spoke out on e-books, DRM, TeleRead and lots else this week, as a guest on The Kindle Chronicles podcast. Hosted by Len Edgerly, TKC is one of my favorite podcasts. Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe has been on twice (here and here). A veteran e-booker, Chris goes back to [...]

Ezoic’s robots will make the TeleRead site more usable—and help us pay our writers

By David Rothman
July 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

Web giants like Amazon keep tweaking their sites for maximum usability and its revenue. The idea is to try variants, see what the numbers are, then fiddle around further. Even a change in a color of a page might count. But how about much-smaller sites such as TeleRead? Could [...]

Vanity alert: So, ugh, how does TeleRead look now—with the new theme?

By David Rothman
July 29, 2015 // 29 Comments

The old WordPress theme was such a resources-hog that we’ve junked it ahead of time to help TeleRead load faster. Notice the speed-up from the much-customized replacement? I started in on the changes last night, intended to give myself a break, but ended up working well into prime traffic [...]

Diane Duane interview on our podcast this weekend, with a special prize!

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Diane Duane has posted to her Tumblr about her forthcoming interview this weekend on the TeleRead podcast. I’m really looking forward to the chance to chat with her about her works and her e-book store. One other new thing is that Duane will be graciously donating a 9-volume e-book set of the [...]

Reminder: TeleRead podcast—live at 7 p.m. Eastern—with Editor Chris Meadows and Writer Susan Lulgjuraj

By David Rothman
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows discusses this past week’s news with staffer Susan Lulgjuraj, another veteran e-booker (photo). Ask them questions and share your own opinions. And remember, you can hear the program later on demand if you can’t enjoy it now. More details here and [...]

TeleRead podcast: Sunday 7/19, 7 p.m. ET

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve scheduled the next TeleRead podcast! We’ll be holding it tomorrow, Sunday, July 19th, at 7 p.m. Eastern. My co-host this week will be long-time TeleRead writer Susan Lulgjuraj. We will discuss recent news and events in the e-book world, and I’ll also talk about the new e-book I [...]

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