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If your comment doesn’t appear ……
November 3, 2009 | 11:31 pm

This can be for two reasons: 1. Because you are a first time commenter. In this case the comment is held until I approve it. This is to prevent spam. After you are approved the then all your future comments will go up automatically. 2. The spam filter caught it. Spam is detected in a number of ways by the filter: an usual number of links in a post, many small paragraphs, words in capital letters, unusual spacing of paragraphs, strange characters, etc. Since the first of the year the filter has caught almost...

New RSS Feed for Teleread
April 28, 2009 | 3:17 pm

Some readers have reported problems with reading TeleRead on their feed reader.  TeleRead changed its URL structure slightly last February and although legacy RSS feeds still seemed to work, apparently some readers report that Bloglines has not been updating after April 20, 2009.  The best URL for Teleread RSS is currently: http://www.teleread.com/feed/ (In fact, this URL redirects you to a feedburner RSS feed, but this is more detail than you need to know). Speaking of RSS feeds, here’s the mp3 for a great SXSW panel discussion I attended in...

Site News – connectivity problems fixed!
April 14, 2009 | 4:10 pm

Well, we hope they are. I've had reports from some people who were completely unable to access the site saying that we are now on line for them. If you know of anyone who has had problems please tell them to try again. It could take up to 3 days for a complete propagation of our DNS fix, but in most cases it should be working now. Our hearty THANKS!!! to Alexander Turcic of Mobile Read for pointing us in the right direction. Nobody seemed to know what the problem could be, so I emailed Alex in...

Site problems – let us know
April 9, 2009 | 9:29 am

images Some readers have reported problems accessing the site.  We’ve checked our server logs and everything seems to be fine on this end.  So we need your help to find out exactly what’s going on. If you experience a problem leave a comment here.  It does not help if you just say you can’t access the site.  There are too many variables for this to be useful.  Please tell us exactly what the error message you received said.  With this info we can do some diagnostics. You can help yourself too.  If you have persistent errors getting to the site contact your...

Spam and comments – 32,000+ spams in 3 months
April 5, 2009 | 10:23 pm

Since January 1 we have received over 32,000 spam "comments" that tried to get posted on TeleRead. The volume of this stuff is simply amazing and some if it is really very clever. As you can see we must use some sort of filtering software or we simply would have to discontinue comments altogether - the spam comments would just bring everything to a complete halt. We use Akismet to block spam and it seems to be pretty good. Sometimes, however, it will identify your comment as spam and block it. Every few hours I try to go...

TeleRead on Calibre/Feedbooks: New long articles RSS Feed
February 13, 2009 | 7:31 am

teleread3For those of you who haven’t noticed,  Calibre, the great e-book management program maintained by Kovid Goyal, now contains a option to automatically download TeleRead posts as an ebook. Calibre has been gathering an impressive list of online publications from which you can choose for free automatic download. Calibre lets you add Custom News Source. Creating one is a little tricky. Select Fetch News –> Add a Custom News Source –> (Give a name and Insert URL at the bottom) –> Choose Add Feed –> On the left side choose Add/Update Recipe. Close the dialog and return to the main...

Site status, two kudos and a thank you
January 21, 2009 | 1:01 am

As you can see we have come a long way from a couple of days ago. The site is running much better and, at least for me, is actually faster than it was before. There is still some work yet to do, but we have gotten over the hump and it will get even better from here on. If you see any particular problems please leave a comment here, or feel free to email me. We can't answer you individually, but we will look into anything you report. Two kudos. First, to Brett Fielo, a principal...

Site status – moved to new host but gremlins moved along with us
January 20, 2009 | 1:12 am

We've sucessfully moved to our new hosting service, but it hasn't been as simple as we hoped. The gremlins are still doing their best to slow us down, but we are putting up a good fight and hope to banish them soon. Thanks for sticking with us. This computer stuff isn't as simple as people make it out to be!...

New comments have to be moderated – may be a delay
October 14, 2008 | 6:48 pm

If any of our new commenters have experienced a delay in seeing their comments appear, please accept my apologies.  All first time comments have to be reviewed by the moderators, to be sure to keep spam off the blog, before they can appear. To be honest, I had forgotten about this.  From now on all new comments will be checked at least twice a day, and so delays should be minimized....

David Rothman’s Medical Condition
September 30, 2008 | 8:35 am

David Rothman had a heart attack on the weekend of September 25, 2008.  (Read Paul Biba's initial announcement here).  David will be away indefinitely. This URL  will relay updates about David's condition. (By the way, comments are disabled for this post. If you want to wish David good health, you should make a comment on the initial announcement linked above) (Also, not sure why the sidebar for this page is doing crazy things. Please excuse that for now). Keep in mind that people at TeleRead may not know the latest information or we may not be in a position to disclose it publicly....

TeleRead reading survey: SF, award-winning lit, thrillers, classics among your faves—and fiction in general
March 26, 2008 | 9:18 am

surveygizmo A few weeks ago TeleRead asked readers to take a five-question, muti-choice reading survey using the Survey Gizmo service. 161 anonymous respondents took the survey in the first week of March 2008, and the results suggest that many favor SF, award-winning literature, thrillers and public domain classics---in fact, fiction in general. How many books and e-books have you paid for in the last year? 20+ books/ebooks 40% 11-20 24% 5-10 21% 0-4 15% If you have bought an e-book or digital text before, please indicate which type: (Choose one or more) fiction (75%) business or job-related topic (21%) technical/computer manual (19%) n/a; I have never bought an ebook (17%) something...

New TeleRead sponsor: NAEB Cybook
January 5, 2008 | 7:18 am

cybooknaebYou may have noticed a few days ago that we added a sponsored ad on the right from the NAEB Cybook buyer's club. Both David and I are familiar with the Cybook family of devices and like the company. Regular readers may know that a buyer's club loosely affiliated with BAEN has been trying to arrange a mass order of e-book devices for interested buyers.  It's  a bit cheaper than buying directly from Cybook and includes a few extra accessories as well. Cybook has indicated a commitment to supporting open standards and maintained a balance between that and supporting one...