OpenBooks 9 Series

9.1 - May 13, 2021

  • Fixed link on About Me page.

9.0 - May 13, 2021

OpenBooks 9.0 is the first release of the re-written OpenBooks 9 Series.

OpenBooks 9 Series is a complete rewrite of OpenBooks, with an all-new home page, updated design, and a more precise focus.

  • New home screen design, featuring quicker access to site content.
  • Updated fonts and styles throughout the website.
  • About, News, and Updates pages have been updated to use the new style.
  • TimeWarp link on home page renamed to History.
  • New Links page, to replace the deprecated OpenBooks Directory.
  • New Discord page, featuring the links and rules of the OpenBooks network2 Discord.
  • Microsites - OpenBooks Homes will feature several smaller, mini websites for projects by Merewife and the OpenBooks Authors.
  • The Articles page is currently unavailable. It will be restored in a future update to OpenBooks.

OpenBooks 8 Series

8.7.5 - May 11, 2021

  • Open source license changed to MIT.

8.7.4 - May 10, 2021

  • Updated our 88x31 button!
  • Updated button code on home page.

8.7.3 - May 9, 2021

Minor tweaks and fixes.

  • Logo is now scalable and uses new, bolder font.
  • Background no longer breaks on freakishly large displays.

8.7.2 - May 5, 2021

Minor tweaks and fixes.

  • Updated System pages (Not found, redirecting, Maintenance mode) to new style. Please note this style is not indicative of the visual style of future OpenBooks releases and is specific to the system pages.
  • Minor changes for CSS and fallback.
  • Removed Guestbook link.
  • Updated styles on Articles page.

8.7.1 - May 5, 2021

Minor tweaks and fixes.

  • Optimized images.
  • Fixed broken links on home page.

8.7 - May 5, 2021

OpenBooks 8.7 includes a visual overhaul for the site. This is the largest stylesheet sheet that didn't coincide with a major release of OpenBooks. This release adds new Personal Pages, Fixes issues with TimeWarp for OpenBooks 8.4, and introduces an interim home page design to make way for future updates.

  • Site background changed.
  • Font has been changed.
  • Sidebar navigation simplified.
  • Dark mode has been removed.
  • Status bar is no longer full-width.
  • Drastically changed shades of blue.
  • TimeWarp OpenBooks 8.4 no longer pulls CSS and JS from the Latest version, and now displays an accurate version of OpenBooks from 2019.
  • Updated About Me page.
  • Added My Camera Collection page.
  • Added My Computer Collection page.
  • Added My Media Players page.
  • Home page link to Directory removed - this will be reintroduced in the future.

Please note the home page is not fully updated and will be redesigned in a future version of OpenBooks.


8.6 - May 1, 2021

OpenBooks 8.6 introduces a redesigned home page.

There are also several other new features and improvements, listed here:

  • The home page features an entirely new layout.
  • Navigation has been simplified.
  • Preparation for new personal pages.
  • All pages now use the same width.
  • Added "type" column to articles page.
  • Re-added Discord server links.
  • Updated About me page.
  • Updated Navigation on sub-sections.
  • Updated Footer.
  • Under the hood folder structure changes to prepare to future updates.
  • Tweaked TimeWarp+ design slightly.
  • OpenBooks 8.4 has been added in beta.
  • Refined shades of blue.

8.5 - April 30, 2021

OpenBooks 8.5 is a re-upload for archival purposes. It also adds TimeWarp+.

  • Edited site credit/name.
  • Removed references to network2.
  • Added news update.
  • Update About me page.
  • Removed Herobrine.
  • OpenBooks TimeWarp+ added.
  • It allows you to browse versions of OpenBooks dating back to 2014.
  • You can find it on the home page.

8.4 - July 8, 2019 'Nova'

OpenBooks 8.4 is the first update in a series meant to improve the home page design. OpenBooks 8.4 also introduces an updated stylesheet, with support for a new grid engine and more refined design overall. Over the next few updates, you'll see it appear throughout OpenBooks.

  • Home page is now wider. 1024x768 monitor is now recommended.
  • Updated overall home page layout to make room for future expansions.
  • Reorganized file structure under the hood.
  • New stylesheet implemented.
  • New grid engine.
  • Updated Directory to use wider page layout, and now includes more sections.
  • Refined shades of blue.

8.3.3 - July 4, 2019

  • Updated system pages (Not found, maintenance mode)

8.3.2 - July 3, 2019

  • Minor tweaks to dark mode CSS.
  • Preparations for future, larger update.
  • Updated about me page.
  • Removed Fedora button. I'm not smart enough for Linux today.

8.3.1 - June 21, 2019

  • Added MEGA button to Graphics page.

8.3 - June 20, 2019 'Tigwire'

It's a feature update again! This time, it's mostly under the hood features, not user facing ones.

  • OpenBooks no longer relies on Google Fonts.
  • Font changed from Noto to Selawik, now hosted locally.
  • Tweaked typography globally.
  • Switched from CC-BY-SA 4.0 to AGPLv3 license.
  • All-new about page to reflect licensing changes.
  • Added Fedora button.

8.2 - June 17, 2019 'Panthwire'

Two feature updates in a row! 8.2 adds back the guestbook (last seen in OpenBooks 4 in 2016!) and slowly brings us back up to parity with all the features we used to have on this site. There's also night mode. Stay cool out there. 😎

  • Guestbook added.
  • Night Mode. If you set your OS to a dark theme, OpenBooks will go dark to match. Not associated with the Night Mode webring.

8.1 - June 16, 2019 'Kodiak'

OpenBooks 8.1 is the first feature update for OpenBooks 8 series.

  • Articles added to sidebar and sitemap.
  • History of the Network Neighborhood article added.
  • Tweaked CSS styles.
  • Updated logo to reflect Network2 ownership.
  • New background image for home page.
  • Updated About Me page.
  • Added Graphics page.
  • Search page is now Canadian if Javascript is disabled.
  • Added humans.txt
  • Refined shades of blue.

8.0.2 - June 7, 2019

We've been JAUP'd! Otherwise, this is a minor fixes update while we work on bigger things behind the scenes.

  • JAUP button has been added to the homepage.
  • Happy Pride month! Just like any other corporation, we've decided to use this as a major cash grab. Just kidding, OpenBooks is not a corporation and I'm gay.
  • Minor under the hood tweaks.

8.0.1 - May 15, 2019

The first Patch Tuesday update comes a day late. I was watching Eurovision and I forgot.

  • Links to Penny's Club Discord server added.
  • Fixed link to Mastodon on the Directory.

8.0 - May 12, 2019 'Odyssey'

OpenBooks 8.0 is the first release of the all-new OpenBooks 8 Series.

  • Entirely new design, built from the ground up
  • Added Search - search Neocities
  • Added FrontPages - find anything on the web
  • Added OpenBooks News
  • Added about page
  • Added about page (personal)
  • Added personal blog
  • Core pages (sitemap, updates history) added
  • Refined shades of blue.

Looking for previous update notes?

Update notes for versions prior to OpenBooks 8 Series are not available on this page, but you can browse them in OpenBooks TimeWarp.