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. [...]

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 [...]

RoboFi as a dystopian literary genre: Jobs vs. robots. Neologism time?

By David Rothman
August 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

Robot-related fiction has been around forever. But has the time come to think of a new genre or subgenre and give it a name—RoboFi? It would refer to novels in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut‘s prophetic work from 1952, Player Piano, where the factories more or less or less go workerless. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Chris Meadows becomes Editor of TeleRead; Juli Monroe to remain Editor-in-Chief

By David Rothman
July 17, 2015 // 6 Comments

Related: A hearty ‘Welcome back’ to Joe Wikert: An e-book-hip publishing pro returns to TeleRead as a contributing writer. Chris Meadows, TeleRead’s first paid staff writer as well as host of our new podcast, will become Editor effective immediately. Juli Monroe will [...]

TeleRead Podcast #3 coming shortly

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Our third episode will be recording live at the top of the hour—3 p.m. today. I should have posted something about this earlier, but it slipped my mind. I’ve been having a hard time getting things together this week, I’m afraid. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to talking to Juli again, and [...]

Should TeleRead drop its daily links? Time better spent on more original stuff?

By David Rothman
July 9, 2015 // 23 Comments

No one in the TeleRead community has spoken up in the wake of our post saying we’d swap “Morning Links” for “TeleRead Links.” Does this mean we made our case—thus, no objections? Or that link-oriented posts just do not matter as much as our news [...]

TeleRead podcast commences at 3 p.m. Eastern

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In just under an hour, we’ll be going live with our next TalkShoe episode of the TeleRead podcast! We hope some of you will be right there with us to tune in! Today, Juli and I will be discussing the recent hot news stories to hit the site in the last few days, including but not limited to: The [...]

TeleRead Podcast #2 scheduled LIVE for Thursday, July 2, 3 p.m. Eastern

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hello, everyone. It’s been a bumpy few days, but I’m definitely on the mend after getting out of the hospital. And with that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time to try another TalkShoe podcast—this one recorded live with call-in options available. The scheduled time for this podcast is [...]

TeleRead’s first podcast is now available to stream or download

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Today Juli Monroe, Joanna Cabot, and I got together to record our first TeleRead podcast, talking for an hour about recent news stories and other events. We touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited [...]

Podcast, RSS and email list updates—plus a collection of Joanna Cabot’s provocative essays on e-reading

By David Rothman
June 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows has already broken word of the forthcoming TeleRead podcast. Pass on your ideas within the comments area for his post. How important is it to you that we do listener call-ins? We may start out without call-ins to keep down the complexities.  Any thoughts on show topics? As for a [...]

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