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Hey TeleRead! What happened to my comment?! (And other site updates)
August 16, 2013 | 2:16 pm

TeleReadHello readers! At some point over the past seven or eight days, some of you may have noticed that the comments you've written and attempted to post to a particular article here have failed to appear. Pretty frustrating, right? Right. But contrary to what you may have recently read on message boards or Twittter feeds elsewhere, there is not, in fact, a grand TeleRead Comments Conspiracy underway. We're not censoring your words, readers, nor would we ever—even the mean ones that make us sad and drive us to drink. So then, What's the deal, you ask? The deal is this: I've been...

A Note About TeleRead’s New Rating System for Reviews
July 7, 2013 | 12:15 pm

reviewBy now, we're assuming the majority of our TeleRead regulars have probably noticed that we recently added a small but nevertheless significant new feature to our reviews: a five-star-style rating system. We quietly introduced the feature in a film review by Joanna Cabot that ran on July 2. Two book reviews that ran this morning, one by Chris Meadows and another by Paul St John Mackintosh, also used the new rating system. But since we're of the opinion that books reviews, say—or film reviews, or app reviews or whatever—that are rated with a star-system is a pretty played-out journalistic cliché, we've decided...

Follow that Story: TeleRead Slays the Blognix Beast!
May 7, 2013 | 4:30 pm

BlognixSome of you may remember a post we ran last Wednesday, May 1, about a ridiculous website calling itself Blognix, and which had seemingly cloned TeleRead's entire site—content, design and all. Well, I suppose I was remiss in mentioning that just two days later, and without too much of a hassle, frankly, the head of NAPCO's IT department succeeded in squashing Blognix like the sad and pitiful little project it was. Incredibly though, Blognix morphed like an amoeba almost immediately after ridding itself of its bogus TeleRead cloak; it's now cloning a website called Cheap Tech For Me. Take a look for...

Introducing TeleRead’s newest contributing writer
February 13, 2013 | 11:00 am

I used to be a library junkie with books piled on my nightstand. I’d be constantly renewing books until I finished all of them. There had to be a way to escape the clutter. That’s when I discovered e-book apps for my old Blackberry. I bought plenty of books and read and read and read. I even developed what I called ‘Blackberry Eye,’ small wrinkles under my eyes from staring down at my phone all day. After jumping into the digital book world, I haven’t looked back. Six years later, I have the original Nook, Nook Touch and a Nexus 7. I spend plenty...

Meet TeleRead’s New Editor-in-Chief
July 30, 2012 | 11:48 am

Hello TeleRead readers—allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dan Eldridge, and I'm both pleased and honored to announce that as of today, and for the foreseeable future, I'll be acting as's editor-in-chief. As many of you are undoubtedly already aware, TeleRead's previous editor, the inimitable Paul Biba, resigned from his position early last week in order to pursue other opportunities. A cross-country motorcycle tour is apparently in Biba's future, and frankly, we can't think of a better reason to break the proverbial shackles of a non-stop, round-the-clock blogging gig such as this one. In fact, all of us here...

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...

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 Upgrade
October 1, 2008 | 8:18 am

For the next ten minutes I'll be working on a site upgrade. Should be painless. But might see some funny things. I'll report back when it's done. Update: Everything looks ok. Please let me know if you see anything unusual or nonfunctional. Thanks!...

Site Update Information
September 30, 2008 | 7:45 pm

As you know, David Rothman recently had a heart attack. Also, I have been out of the country for the last three weeks, so Teleread has been kind of slow as a result. But I'm back now and will have more time for this blog. Obviously, filling in for David will be difficult, and I'm not the only one who hopes he comes back soon. In the meantime, I'll be the acting editor. If you have any teleread matters you need taken care of, feel free to contact me. idiotprogrammer at ...

Teleread Experiencing some problems
September 1, 2008 | 1:48 pm

Perhaps the ghosts of malfunctioning websites is infecting everybody, but we at Teleread are experiencing technical  problems. Some commenters have reported errors with posting comments;  we're getting proxy errors or something like that. Sometimes, you will receive an error message even though the comment has been posted successfully.  We've filed a trouble ticket with our hosting service and are investigating. In the meantime, be patient with us. Contact me at idiotprogrammer at if you have any comments being eaten.  ...

Update: New Webserver
February 12, 2008 | 3:28 am

We migrated to a new webserver.  Should be a little faster.  It may take a day or so for things to be completely done. If you notice weird things, please notify me idiotprogrammer at

Speeding up TeleRead: Update
December 9, 2007 | 2:24 pm

runnerXdjioCreativeCommons Update from Robert: Just to let you know that we are aware of the slow performance on over the last few days. It involves a problem with the hosting service which we're trying to resolve. We expect a resolution in 24-48 hours. Update from David, 2:43 p.m. Eastern: For now the site might be running a little faster. Temporarily at least, I've cut the number of home page items from ten to six---although the site in the past has done fine with ten. I'd encourage people to try out the comment features and otherwise help us test the...

Full RSS feeds from TeleRead again!
November 29, 2007 | 4:48 pm

In other non-Kindle news, I am happy to report that TeleRead now is serving full RSS feeds again. Apparently, during one of our WordPress upgrades, the More/Read Rest of Post hyperlink was preventing RSS readers from seeing entire articles---just the parts until the More tag. But with the Full Text Feeds plugin, we've solved the problem. More site news: We recently installed the WP-Super Cache plugin. That improves site performance by offering cached versions of pages. Interestingly, readers who haven't commented before are the ones most likely to see this speed boost. Feel free to let us know about any...

Website issues: an explanation
October 23, 2007 | 12:26 pm

Regular visitors might notice that occasionally for brief moments lasting at most a minute or so, the website will go completely down. It happens more often than we would like, but for most readers, it should happen only rarely. It's been happening for the last 3 months or so and usually happens near noon. We've been tracking the problem for some time now. The problem is related to open mysql connections which are not being closed properly. We think it's related to one of our plugins. Once the number of open mysql connections reaches some maximum amount,...

BusinessWeek, Engadget highlight Sony Reader: ‘What would you change?’
August 25, 2007 | 2:53 am

Sony ReaderThe Sony Reader gets yet another look in BusinessWeek. The September 3 issue tells how Sony intends to address shortcomings such as an inability to read DRMed books except in a proprietary Sony format. The next model's Adobe software, as we know, will handle encrypted PDF and the IDPF format. Break ahead for public library patrons With the new Reader able to read DRMed PDF, perhaps it will be handy for downloading public libraries' OverDrive books, which, in their Mobipocket incarnations, can be tricky to use, at least on older CE machines. Let's just hope that Sony will allow existing Readers to be...

Update: Site performance
June 27, 2007 | 9:31 pm

We are aware that site performance for TeleRead has been slowing down recently. We are working on that issue, and by next week or so, you should probably see noticeably faster page loads. For now, though, please bear with us. Thanks! ...

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