The Digital Reader

Charting the eBook Evolution since 2010

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Introducing the Calmer, Less Angry Digital Reader Blog

March 19th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance → 22 Comments

Anyone who has been reading this blog for more than a few months is probably familiar with my writing style, and you may have noticed a marked change to that style over the past few weeks.

The posts on this blog have been shorter, more numerous, less snarky, and covered a broader range of topics than what I was writing 6 months or a year ago, and they’re going to stay that way.
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The Digital Reader is now on Google Plus

February 25th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance → 1 Comment

This is just a quick note to let my readers know that I have succumbed to the Google. I now have an account on Google+, which you can find here.

I know that I’m probably the last person you’d expect to join Google+, given how much I have foamed at the mouth, but let me share the 2 words that changed my mind:

Google Authorship.

I have been told by a number of people that not setting up a Google+ account can negatively affect my blog’s search result listings.  I don’t know for a fact whether this is true, but I’ve read it from enough different sources that I have to take it seriously.

I’ve Replaced the Captcha

February 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance → 11 Comments

Having received numerous complaints about the captcha on the comment section, I have decided to replace it. I would appreciate it f everyone could try the new one and confirm that it works.


Update: Apparently the new plugin isn’t working any better than the old one, but at least it’s not broken – this one simply refuses to appear.

I’ve added Captcha to the Comment Form

January 18th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance → 23 Comments

I’m sorry to have to announce this, but I’ve added a captcha to the comment form.

Due to an overwhelming and unending amount of spam, I find myself forced to add a captcha in the hopes it will filter out the bots. I don’t like captcha and I’m sure you don’t like it either, but I am getting so much spam each month that it’s either add a captcha or disable the comments entirely (or switch to a comment platform like Disqus or Livefyre, but I would rather close the comment section than deal with those folks).

According to akismet, this blog got 559,815 spam comments in December 2013. That is 10 times the amount of spam I had to deal with in December 2012, and there is no sign that the onslaught will abate any time soon. January promises to be just as busy; I’ve already had to deal with 341 thousand spam comments.

So at this point I cannot put it off any longer. Sorry.

Is Anyone Having Trouble Accessing This Blog?

October 28th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · accessories - e-reader, blog maintenance → 12 Comments

Over the past few days I have gotten a few reports of technical issues when visitors try to load The Digital Reader.

I have been told by one that she couldn’t load the page, and I have also been told that sometimes the article doesn’t load completely.

Has anyone had problems? Thanks!

Juli Monroe is the New Editor of Teleread

October 3rd, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance → 1 Comment

juli01-199x300[1]The venerable ebook blog Teleread has a new editor in chief today.

Juli Monroe, who has been writing for Teleread since January, will be stepping into the position. She’s taking over from Dan Eldridge following Dan’s unexpected departure 3 weeks ago. Dan had held the position of editor for about 13 months.

In addition to being a veteran blogger, Juli is also a published author and a networking and social media coach.


October 2nd, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance → 22 Comments


Updates and new blog posts will be erratic over the next few days due to an injury.

I sprained my wrist in a bicycle accident. It’s a first for me, and I was a little surprised how an injury can skip over being painful and go straight to making me nauseous, sweaty, and light-headed.

I would deeply appreciate any tips about dictation software that works well for blogging. Thanks!

The Digital Reader is Mobile Once More

September 26th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance → No Comments

This is just a quick note to let my readers know that the mobile version of this blog is back up. It’s been moved to
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Heads Up – Migrating Away From FeedBurner Is More Trouble Than It Looks

July 14th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance, News Reader → 5 Comments

feedburner-logo[1]This is just a quick note to let my readers know that the RSS feeds for this blog will soon no longer be available via FeedBurner. If you want to continue to subscribe to this blog you might need to resubscribe (I’ll explain why later in the post).
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TDR is Back!

May 26th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · blog maintenance → 35 Comments

Good news. The crisis of 2 days go appears to have been resolved. I’ve found and removed several possible culprits that was causing this site to overload and return “site not available” messages.

I didn’t get into specifics when I last posted on this a couple days ago, but that was mainly because I was having trouble accessing the blog myself. My problem (or rather the symptoms pf the problem) was that my blog was mysteriously demanding vast amounts of RAM and CPU capacity – far more than could be justified by traffic alone. I’m not sure exactly what was causing the problem, but in order to fix it I disabled and deleted several plugins, removed several scripts from the blog theme, and cleaned up and optimized the database. This seems to have fixed the problem.
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