View Full Version : Saying goodbye to teleread


amgoforth
03-28-2010, 08:27 AM
For many years I have visited the TeleRead website. I go to MobileRead then TeleRead every day. Spend allot of time reading on both sites. TeleRead was recently sold and I think the new owners are more interested in advertisers then in readers. The site takes too long to load and at the bottom of the page something called adjuggler.com is trying to load. So I just made my last visit there. I will miss them, but that seems to happen every time a good website is sold.

Allen:angry:

kennyc
03-28-2010, 08:46 AM
Sounds like an art forum I frequent. It was sold to a commercial entity and now it is littered with more ads than content!!!!

I'm not familiar with Teleread but sounds like I don't want to be anyway. :)

Nate the great
03-28-2010, 09:27 AM
For many years I have visited the TeleRead website. I go to MobileRead then TeleRead every day. Spend allot of time reading on both sites. TeleRead was recently sold and I think the new owners are more interested in advertisers then in readers. The site takes too long to load and at the bottom of the page something called adjuggler.com is trying to load. So I just made my last visit there. I will miss them, but that seems to happen every time a good website is sold.

Allen:angry:

But TeleRead has always had ads. The only recent change is that some of the new ones are Flash based (which does take a while to load).

JSWolf
03-28-2010, 09:29 AM
Firefox with Adblock Plus and Flashblock make TeleRead run smoothly.

Con someone please change the topic? It look like TeleRead is going away which it's not.

amgoforth
03-29-2010, 12:01 AM
But TeleRead has always had ads. The only recent change is that some of the new ones are Flash based (which does take a while to load).


Yes my friend, but it takes too long to load, and I live in a third world country.:book2:

amgoforth
03-29-2010, 12:04 AM
Firefox with Adblock Plus and Flashblock make TeleRead run smoothly.

Con someone please change the topic? It look like TeleRead is going away which it's not.


Thank you. I am a good sport. I installed them both, but it still takes too long. As far as I am concerned they are going away, and good riddance.:smack:

DawnFalcon
03-29-2010, 01:23 AM
It's not just me then (did it the day after they were sold myself).

weateallthepies
03-29-2010, 01:02 PM
Thank you. I am a good sport. I installed them both, but it still takes too long. As far as I am concerned they are going away, and good riddance.:smack:

I just read the RSS feed in Google Reader, haven't noticed any changes. Perhaps that would suit you better.

=X=
03-29-2010, 04:39 PM
That's the problem with people now and days to much time is spent over dramatization than looking for an answer. :)

The solution is to point your web browser to the RSS URL or change the blog template to load the mobile site. (found at the bottom of the web page)
Or just read the post with any RSS reader.

amgoforth
03-29-2010, 11:28 PM
Are that's the problem with people now and days to much time is spent over dramatization than looking for an answer.
The solution is to point your web browser to the RSS URL or change the blog template to load the mobile site. (found at the bottom of the web page)
Or just read the post with any RSS reader.

I might try the RSS option and the mobile site, but the real solution is to do something about the ads. The ads will keep people of the site.:chinscratch:

amgoforth
03-29-2010, 11:29 PM
It's not just me then (did it the day after they were sold myself).

Yes and many more besides us probably stopped visiting the site also.

=X=
03-30-2010, 11:05 AM
I might try the RSS option and the mobile site, but the real solution is to do something about the ads. The ads will keep people of the site.:chinscratch:
emphasis mine.

Yeah I'm with you here, it would be nice if there weren't any ads.

RSS feeds and mobi sites usally don't have adds.

Here is the RSS feed w/o ads
http://feeds.feedburner.com/teleread/KHnj

Here is the link that let's you subscribe to an RSS feed. (For the link I provided you above I used the universal so it shows in your browser.

http://www.teleread.org/feed/

Tamara
03-30-2010, 11:06 AM
I might try the RSS option and the mobile site, but the real solution is to do something about the ads. The ads will keep people of the site.:chinscratch:

The ads are what pay for the site which allows you to use it for free.

They could go to a subscription service and make you pay instead of showing you ads.

amjbrown
03-31-2010, 04:11 AM
I just read the RSS feed in Google Reader, haven't noticed any changes. Perhaps that would suit you better.

Same here - Google Reader on the road, NetNewsWire at my Mac. Makes Teleread zippy as a zippy thing going very fast indeed!

Didn't these people pick up from the Apple community that Flash is bad. Very bad :)

amjb

amgoforth
03-31-2010, 09:37 AM
emphasis mine.

Yeah I'm with you here, it would be nice if there weren't any ads.

RSS feeds and mobi sites usally don't have adds.

Here is the RSS feed w/o ads
http://feeds.feedburner.com/teleread/KHnj

Here is the link that let's you subscribe to an RSS feed. (For the link I provided you above I used the universal so it shows in your browser.

http://www.teleread.org/feed/


Thanks, I will try that option.

amgoforth
03-31-2010, 09:43 AM
The ads are what pay for the site which allows you to use it for free.

They could go to a subscription service and make you pay instead of showing you ads.

I stand by what I said before. The adds slowing the web page down that much will cause people to stop using it. Charging for the web site will do the same thing. The best solution is to undo whatever they did to slow it down. ESPN Boxing is also loading slow because of ads. I will drop them too unless their is a solution like RSS or mobile. I have no problem with ads. I ignore them, unless they cause a big slow down.

Steven Lyle Jordan
03-31-2010, 01:16 PM
TeleRead has great e-book related content that compliments this and other sites. It is certainly not "going away," and even this ad change is not that significantly different than it was before the site's ownership changed.

Yes, the ads slow the site down, but that is more of a reason to use ad-blockers, use the mobile link, or go with RSS, instead of simply walking away from all that content. Do yourself a favor and check out those options first!

Xenophon
03-31-2010, 01:52 PM
TeleRead has great e-book related content that compliments this and other sites. [...]

They sure do say nice things about MobileRead. :p They also publish a bunch of eBook-related content that makes a nice complement to this site... ;)

Xenophon
(who is just yanking Steve's chain a little bit)

amgoforth
03-31-2010, 08:20 PM
TeleRead has great e-book related content that compliments this and other sites. It is certainly not "going away," and even this ad change is not that significantly different than it was before the site's ownership changed.

Yes, the ads slow the site down, but that is more of a reason to use ad-blockers, use the mobile link, or go with RSS, instead of simply walking away from all that content. Do yourself a favor and check out those options first!

I did check out the RSS option. No help when I click on link to read same bulls***. I goggled for the mobile link and got crap for my trouble. It dosen't matter how good the damn content is if you can't read it because the page won't load. Then after the page loads and you click on a link you get to wait again. I feel pretty stupid when I put up with crap like that. There are too many other options on the web to put up with that. If you have the mobile link please post it and I will try that. It is more then a slight difference here in Manila. Takes forever to load. All other web pages I use except teleread and espn boxing load instantly. If they don't shape up on this issue I hope they do go away for real.

amgoforth
03-31-2010, 08:23 PM
Mobileread is also not idiots who kill the web page with ads. They have more sense then that and I imagine these others will wise up too someday. Won't matter to me though and many others like me who will never say anything about it. They will just stop using these sites. When I came back from Iraq the 1st time the Internet had changed. One could no longer type in a search in Google and find what you are looking for right away. It had become a process of going through allot of junk. Guess what, I am not going to do that unless it is very important to do so. As far as I am concerned they can shove all those adds up their ***.

amjbrown
04-01-2010, 06:27 AM
Have you tried setting up a google reader account and reading the feed like that? If you install the Google Chrome web browser and use that to access reader.google.com I think you will find the speed acceptable. For Teleread I rarely have to click through - most of the article expands inside Google Reader.

amjb

DawnFalcon
04-01-2010, 11:38 AM
Yea, installing another web browser and opening up another entire set of vulnerabilities is the right answer. Hmm... (I insist on going down to 1 browser engine when I fix someone's PC, and for good reason!)

JSWolf
04-01-2010, 01:29 PM
Yes my friend, but it takes too long to load, and I live in a third world country.:book2:

Use Firefox with the add-on FLASHBLOCK. That way, you won't be bothered by these flas-based adverts.

JSWolf
04-01-2010, 01:31 PM
Yea, installing another web browser and opening up another entire set of vulnerabilities is the right answer. Hmm... (I insist on going down to 1 browser engine when I fix someone's PC, and for good reason!)

Most problems are caused by Internet Explorer and people who don't know what they are doing. I've never had an issue using Firefox. Plus with the add-ons Flashblock and AdBlock Plus, Teleread becomes a lot nicer to read.

DawnFalcon
04-01-2010, 01:38 PM
Every single browser engine is a major security risk: Chrome has had plenty of critical bugs fixed. One per system is a VERY good rule, and the casual suggestion to people that they install a browser to bypass intentionally-broken website functionality is just bluntly ridiculous from a security standpoint.

Blocking adverts by-default hurts independent news providers (Ars did a very good article on this), and besides, you may note that my objection to Teleread is not advert-based, and never has been.

JSWolf
04-01-2010, 01:48 PM
I'm not really bothered by static ads. But it's the flashing, popping, eye catching adverts that really bother me. Plus, some adverts these days have sound. So the only way to get rid of the bothersome ads is to get rid of them all or most of them. We've already gotten rid of most popup adverts.

amjbrown
04-01-2010, 05:52 PM
Every single browser engine is a major security risk: Chrome has had plenty of critical bugs fixed. One per system is a VERY good rule, and the casual suggestion to people that they install a browser to bypass intentionally-broken website functionality is just bluntly ridiculous from a security standpoint.

The OP is having serious bandwidth issues reading content in the Philippines. I don't know what you mean by "intentionally-broken website functionality", but I stand by my suggestion that a) reading the content as an RSS feed will help, b) Google Reader does a good job of that, and c) Google Chrome is a good way of accessing Google Reader.

I think "bluntly ridiculous" indicates ridiculous paranoia. I use Safari, Firefox, Chrome and sometimes Opera, and have yet to have any issues. I keep my Mac fully up to date, and use a simple NAT setup. Maybe I am ridiculously lucky?

DawnFalcon
04-01-2010, 06:17 PM
I mean by pushing slow-loading flash adverts, they're deliberately breaking their own site. It's the kind of PR own-goal which tends to follow corporate purchases. And jumping through hoops to read websites is silly. If they don't bother with the basics, find the news elsewhere.

And you're using a Mac, which is...less problematical than a PC. I think you're still being reckless, mind you...

vaughnmr
04-01-2010, 08:33 PM
I don't get it. I'm on IE8, 1.5mb dsl, and this web site loads in less than 5 seconds for me every time. Very few other web sites load as fast for me, especially the major news web sites. Instead of complaining, I was going to complement them.

amgoforth
04-02-2010, 12:47 AM
Teleread Speed back up to normal. Somebody listened. If it slows down again I will try the Chrome option.

amgoforth
05-11-2012, 06:23 AM
They didn't make me do anything, except stop using the site.

JoeD
05-11-2012, 06:53 AM
The ads are what pay for the site which allows you to use it for free.

They could go to a subscription service and make you pay instead of showing you ads.

They could go with unobtrusive ads that wouldn't need to be blocked too.

Flash ads are a terrible idea. Aside from anything else, they won't work on iphones/ipads even without an ad-blocker. They also tend to be more annoying/irritating than well placed static ads which has the potential to push more people to ad-blockers.

I'm not against ads on sites, there's several I visit that have unobtrusive ads (I even have them on my kindle). But when the ads start to detract from the experience, e.g loads times or annoyance levels and/or include audio, I'm not surprised why so many block them.