People are infinitely more important than pixels. Note to self.
— Chris Bowler (@chrisbowler) February 9, 2012
Reading Rainbow was canceled back in 2009 because it didn’t teach kids how to read, only why they ought to read. But it will soon be coming back in the form of an app.
“There is a brand new generation of kids who could definitely use the kind of spark and inspiration Reading Rainbow provided where actually becoming a reader is concerned,” Burton told Mashable. “As far as I can tell, reading will never go out of style, and neither will good old fashioned storytelling.”
I have friends who can’t stand the idea of ebooks because they believe they jeopardize the future of paper books. I’m sympathetic to that point, but there’s a more important problem that needs to be addressed. People aren’t reading as much as they used to. Simply put, I’d rather see the demise of paper books than the demise of reading. My biggest hope is that ebooks and apps like this would promote more reading, even if it isn’t in a traditional format.
- Added custom background support, then added a simple background image I found on Subtle Patterns. I just wanted to make it a little easier for people to read, but this probably won’t be the background I use forever.
- Embedded support for two custom fonts from Google Web Fonts. This is an easy way to make your website stand out from the crowd. I’d also recommend Typekit which provides the same service. I’m using Nunito for the body font and Kreon for the headers.
- Just for grins I applied text-transformation:lowercase to the headers, at least for now.
- Changed the default link color, but not the link hover color. (Gator colors. That’s going to need to change.)
- Added a subtitle, mostly to help explain why I named the website what I did.
- Added several pages including a colophon page and contact page. These two pages were inserted into a custom menu. That menu is being displayed as a sidebar widget.
- Removed the underline text decoration on all links. That was driving me crazy.
- Fixed the RSS feed rendering of posts in the link format. I thought I’d done this properly before I launched the website. When you click on the title of a link post (either on the website itself or in the RSS feed) instead of taking you to the single post view on my website it will take you to the shared link in question. This is much more elegant than asking users to click a link within the post. To achieve this effect in the RSS feed I created an alternative function to the existing version of the_permalink_rss (which for some reason is nowhere to be found in the WordPress Codex), used an if statement to affect only the link posts, then swapped out the old for the new using add_filter. The link itself is added to the post using a custom field.
- Fixed a stupid mistake in the <title> tag that showed up on each post and page. Just so you know, the HTML5 Reset framework and the WordPress SEO plugin don’t play nice out of the box.
- Added the quote post format. I intend to use this format for a “tweet of the day” feature using embedded tweets.