HistoryLilja's Library was first created back in 1996. The first version didn't even have a name (and very few images). It had red printing on black background as many sites did back then (unfortunately no images of this version exist today). About a year later the first change of the site was done (see the first image). The design was still the same but the colors where lighter and there was now a background image instead of the black. Many of you probably recognize the image from the US hardback edition of Bag of Bones.
At first Lilja's Library was a rather small site but as the years passed it grew and grew and it's still growing today, many years later. In 1999 it was time for the first really big change in design. The look it now got (see the second images) was radically different from how it looked earlier (as far as the design was concerned) and it now got a lot easier to navigate on the site and find what you were looking for.
This way it stayed until the beginning of 2001 when it was again time for a change (see the third image). This time it was back to the darker look again, much black, and white and red text. I did one mistake with that layout though. I made it for the resolution 1024x768. This resulted in the fact that if you viewed it in 800x600 (which a lot of people did back in 2001 when computer screens weren’t as big as they are today) it didn't really look that great. This was fixed in the next update though.
Next version (see image four) got online at the start of 2003, and I was a lot happier with this one then any of the earlier ones. The changes this time was again pretty big, and I did get some complaints from some people that thought the colors where hard to read. Whatever you thought about it, it was a lot easier to navigate than the previous version.
In 2006 it was time for a change again (see the fifth image). Lilja's Library celebrated its 10-year anniversary and I felt I wanted to do a new design to mark the occasion. This is also the foundation that all versions after that have built on and if you look at it, it's not that different from today's version. This version is also a more dynamic version than the earlier ones, not so static with a database foundation meaning it got a lot easier for me to update the site.
In 2010 when the book version of Lilja's Library (read more here) was released it was time for yet another update. This time to match the look of the book a bit better (see the sixth image).
The year after, 2011, Lilja's Library celebrated its 15th year online and I wanted to celebrate. So, some smaller changes were made. The page was made wider, and the commentary feature was introduced (see the seventh image).
For the last 12 years no visual update has been done but 2023 it was time again. This time with the help of all of you, my loyal readers, who helped by donating to fund the update. This time the update was big. Both visual and technical. The technical part of the site has gotten a big updated and is now much easier to maintain and the visual has been significant changed (see the eight image). There is a new logo made by Vincent Chong as well as a new way to navigate the site. The site now also works fully on mobile devices which haven’t been the case with earlier editions.
Lilja's Library has been online for 27 years as I write this, and my hope is to serve you with all the latest news on King and his work. So far, I think I have succeeded pretty well. But since Lilja's Library is a one man show (except from the technical stuff that I have my good friend Anders helping with) I'd destine to miss some things. And that is where you can help. If you find anything you haven't seen on Lilja's Library please let me know.
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OK, I'm done. Go explore the site and let me know if there is something you miss or if you just have a comment. I love hearing from all my readers!