Hey everyone! I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on why Good e-Reader, our App Store, and many of our online properties have been down lately. We had a server fire at our main data center last Thursday and it toasted a bunch of machines, including ours. This resulted in total server failure and our off-site backups were apparently corrupted, making the data was irretrievable. We had a new server established for us and our website and App store were restored to a late May 2013 build. I managed to save almost 100% of all the news items our staff have written from May until August 2nd, although some might have slipped through the cracks. The Good e-Reader App Store for Android and Blackberry took the largest hit, with thousands of apps and games now gone. The good news is we have an internal list of everything we uploaded and are spending the next few weeks manually fixing everything.
We are back to normal now and are publishing a bunch of news items every single day. Our entire store ecosystem is also back to normal and our official Kids App Store, News App, Android App Store, and Blackberry App Store clients are once again operational. There were some causalities of a war we never understood and upon reflection we have suspended operations of our forum, Lending eBook Club, eBook Cloud Locker, and many smaller projects. We are exclusively focusing from now on only on Good e-Reader news and our App Store. This entire server business was the motivation we needed to cancel projects that were either money pits or time wasters.
It took four solid days of hard work and no sleep to bring everything back up online. We want to thank everyone for bearing with us during this transitional period.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.