What better way to ring in the new year than with a brand spanking new website? The old Unshelved site had a certain charm, but it was seven years old. That's a lifetime in Internet years. So I spent much of the summer updating our software. I used my new comic strip Not Invented Here as a guinea pig, and after a successful test run it was finally time to bring Unshelved.com over to this new, more reliable server.
Most of the changes are under the cover, but you'll also see a new website design accompanied by a larger, easier-to-read format for the comic strip. You'll also notice we're missing some features, such as Search, the store, Pimp My Bookcart, etc. I'll be adding these back in over the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience.
But that's not all. We're changing our schedule too. When we launched Unshelved we were aiming at newspaper syndication. You know, back when there were newspapers. So we adopted a newspaper schedule: seven days a week. Later we made the Sunday strip the Unshelved Book Club. Well, newspapers may run seven days a week, but our website statistics overwhelmingly show that most of you work five days a week. We think that sounds nice, so we're adopting a five day work week too. Starting next week, Unshelved daily strips will run Monday through Thursday and the Unshelved Book Club will run on Fridays.
But wait, there's more. Starting next Friday the Unshelved Book Club's trademark comic strip book talk will be accompanied by typed-up reviews written by Gene, myself, and a small cadre of trusted reviewers from all walks of life. We'll be recommending books new and old, fiction and nonfiction, with a uniquely Unshelved approach.
We do not enter into these changes lightly. They represent a solid year of planning and arguing. We hope you like the new Unshelved as much as we do.
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