3 Easy Tools for Crafting a Great-Looking Personal Webpage

3 Easy Tools for Crafting a Great-Looking Personal Webpage

Need an online portfolio in a hurry? Not all of us have the time, energy, or skill to build something from scratch, or the resources to farm out the job to more capable hands. Happily, some great tools are available that make it a breeze to build a good-looking personal website without actually building much of anything at all. 

The Reimagination of Publishing

The Reimagination of Publishing

Last Friday I did a presentation at The Project [R]evolution conference in Auckland, New Zealand. I presented on a topic I’ve been writing a lot about recently: the reimagination of publishing. I haven’t been this excited about innovation in Web publishing since the early, experimental days of blogging, when I started ReadWriteWeb circa 2002-03. In…

Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big Thing

Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big Thing

Chronological and real-time consumption of content just doesn’t work anymore. It’s time for topic pages to add a layer of organization on top.
In last week’s post, 5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again), we explained why online publishing is going through another sea change. One of those reasons was topical organization of content in…

5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again)

5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again)

We’re witnessing another sea change in Web publishing. From Pinterest at the beginning of this year to the launch this week of a new product from two Twitter founders, Medium, 2012 has been a year where the norms of publishing are being challenged. It wasn’t that long ago that Tumblr and Wordpress were the cutting edge of publishing. But there’s…

Live: Thinking Differently About Web Publishing

Live: Thinking Differently About Web Publishing

We’ve gathered an illustrious bunch of friends, readers and technologists to talk about the new insurgent players in Web publishing, like Branch, Medium and App.net. There’s definitely a shift happening in how we produce for the Web, and how we read, watch and talk about what’s there. We’re discussing it live in this Branch conversation. Want to…

Parse.ly Dash Will Make Web Publishers Eat Their Vegetables

Parse.ly Dash Will Make Web Publishers Eat Their Vegetables

This morning, Parse.ly launched Dash, a content management system smart enough to make a blogger weep with joy. It analyzes the Web to show publishers what’s hot. It tracks trends within the site, revealing what works for the audience. It points out when old posts are getting popular again. It follows individual authors over time and shows how…

Parse.ly Dash Will Make Web Publishers Eat Their Vegetables

Parse.ly Dash Will Make Web Publishers Eat Their Vegetables

This morning, Parse.ly launched Dash, a content management system smart enough to make a blogger weep with joy. It analyzes the Web to show publishers what’s hot. It tracks trends within the site, revealing what works for the audience. It points out when old posts are getting popular again. It follows individual authors over time […]

Web Publishing’s Next Level

Web Publishing’s Next Level

We’re not out of the woods yet, but Web publishing is starting to hit its stride. Product offerings are getting smarter, prices are getting better and, most importantly, the content is getting more interesting. We might not even be half way to the future of publishing yet, but the industry is picking up steam.

There are new ways to read, new…

Google Currents is No Flipboard Killer

Google Currents is No Flipboard Killer

Ending months of rumors, Google today launched its own personalized news-reading app for tablets and smartphones. Google Currents, as it’s called, is an app for iOS and Android that presents content from magazines, news sites and blogs in a format that’s far more digestible on mobile devices.

It lands in a somewhat crowded space occupied by…

How WordPress Helps The Little Guy Make Money

How WordPress Helps The Little Guy Make Money

Yesterday, WordPress announced WordAds, a program for hosted WordPress.com blogs to make some money off their sites. The first ads will come from the WordPress partnership with Federated Media announced at Web 2.0 this October. Interested users must apply to join WordAds, and it requires a custom domain, a service for which WordPress charges.

In…

Easy E-Books for Everyone! PressBooks Launches to the Public

Easy E-Books for Everyone! PressBooks Launches to the Public

PressBooks, a simple online book production tool built on WordPress, launches to the public today. It lets authors use a content management system they already know to produce ePubs, typeset PDFs and other XML formats, as well as a Web version. The Web version can be private, or it can be free or paywalled to the public.

PressBooks has spent six…

How Open Source Can Help Digital Magazines Proliferate

How Open Source Can Help Digital Magazines Proliferate

The Web may have opened up and democratized the once top-heavy world of publishing, but the next frontier in digital publications is still young. While anybody can master the tools needed to publish a blog, putting out a rich, magazine-like digital publication for tablets is still cost prohibitive for some.

The folks behind Letter to Jane, an…

Can the iPad Save Magazines and Newspapers After All?

Can the iPad Save Magazines and Newspapers After All?

Before Apple even officially announced the iPad, traditional publishers started to get excited about the potential of the device. Much like the iPod did for music, Apple’s rumored tablet could help them make the transition to digital, and perhaps even allow them to solve the problem the Web couldn’t: monetization.

The iPad finally did launch…

Livefyre’s SocialSync Brings Twitter & Facebook Back to Blog Comments

Livefyre’s SocialSync Brings Twitter & Facebook Back to Blog Comments

Commenting system Livefyre has announced version 2.0 of its platform, introducing new features to bring conversations from the social Web into on-site comments. SocialSync grabs related Twitter and Facebook comments automatically, so there’s always a conversation on the page, even if no one has commented yet directly. It also adds @ mentions from…

Springer to Digitize 65K Tech Books from 1840 to 2005

Springer to Digitize 65K Tech Books from 1840 to 2005

German science, technology and medical publisher Springer Science+Business Media, will digitize its entire catalog of books back to 1840 by the end of the coming year, including works by Einstein, Niels Bohr and Sir John Eccles and Rudolf Diesel. (Yes, that Rudolf Diesel.)

The books, 70% of which are in English and nearly 30% in German, will total…