TeleRead, the Web’s oldest site devoted to general interest news and views on e-book-related matters, is getting a major face lift.
We’re eager for suggestions and other feedback (we know about current speed issues).
The new one will offer a more magazine-like look. Notice—how much more graphical we’ll be? At the same time, we aren’t dumbing down. Our writers will still be able to write as long as stories require.
Our comments sidebar will vanish. The “rail” will now make you aware of stories you may have missed. In place of the rail, you’ll see an entire community page with the same threaded approach that our sidebar now uses.
We’re making other changes. Instead of hundreds of categories, TeleRead will include just a tiny fraction of that number. Present plans are for E-reading Tech: Gadgets and Apps, Writing & Publishing, Book Reviews, Amazon, Self-Publishers: News & Tips, Libraries, and Copyright & Other Legal. We’ll continue to augment the categories with more specific tags.
So what do you think? And in what directions should we go, in terms of topics we cover? I myself would like to see more book reviews, especially in areas such as sci-fi and fantasy, thrillers and literary fiction, along with well-done nonfiction of interest to TeleRead community members. We may in time start book clubs.
For the moment, we’re aware that the new site needs a little more work. Suggest tweaks. We already plan to improve our images, and, of course, we’ll speed the site up with caching and in other ways.
In addition, we’ll straighten out the logo, so the tagline reads: For lovers of books and gadgets. Est. 1995. Actually that’s on the conservative side. TeleRead in one form or another is even older. As I’ve written, “the TeleRead.org domain was created in May 1997. Before that, TeleRead existed with updates on the old Clark.net without a separate domain.”
Meanwhile, thanks to our talented Web designer, Joshua Morley, for all the thought and the hard work he put into the design. As owner-publisher I myself offered detailed suggestions—TeleRead staffers did, too—but Josh is the real hero of the day. Within the e-book news and views niche, Josh will continue working exclusively for TeleRead, but if you’re not a competitor, think about using him. We couldn’t be happier with Josh’s services.
If you would enjoy writing about e-books and related technology for our spiffy new site, why not e-mail TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a cc to me (email@example.com)? No pay, alas. We’re focusing now on compensating our long-time staff writers. If nothing else, however, this is a place to write out of passion on topics dear to us such as DRM and digital divide issues.
All right—the comments area is now open.