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Readium 2.0

A medium-like Ghost theme

Ghost stands for easy, fast and independent publishing. Medium for beautiful and easy publishing. So I made myself a Ghost theme that takes the good parts from Medium & mixes them with stuff I would do differently, to form the perfect symbiosis. I called it Readium and you dropped it on Github so you guys can fork it or use it out-of-the-box.

I should mention that it is a bit old in the mean time, but go ahead if you don't care about that.

Readium 2.0 - Medium for Ghost

You can grab it here: https://github.com/starburst1977/Readium

I would strongly recommend using a modern Ghost theme, like Readlein, my latest and probably best creation so far. Blazingly fast, minimal and pure. Made for the mobile generation.


  • Mobile-First Design Aproach
  • Fully Responsive layout
  • Use header images in articles (give your article the "articleImage" tag and it uses the first image as your header image)
  • Awesome automatic figcaptions from your images alt tags
  • Valid HTML5/CSS3
  • WAI-ARIA & Rich Snippets(microdata) roles
  • Minimal design
  • Ready for Ghost 0.4.2 (tag pages, featured articles, static pages, etc.)
  • Designed for Readability & Sharability
  • Works with the Ghost Hosting platform
  • FontAwesome implemented for easy use of icons fonts
  • Google Analytics integrated
  • Highlight.js integrated for Syntax highlighting - Highlight JS
  • OpenGraph & Twitter Cards meta's
  • Free & Open Source Font usage
  • Theoretically ready for multiple users (here is how to hack Ghost for Mulit-User)

If your Ghost blog is self hosted:

  1. Copy the contents of the .zip file into /content/themes/.
  2. You need to restart your Ghost instance. After that you can switch themes inside your Ghost admin (http://your.domain.com/ghost/settings/general/). Scroll down and choose "Readium" from the theme dropdown.
  3. Now you can customize your logo, langing page image (if you choose to have one), as well as user images and texts to fit the theme.
  4. Have fun.

If your Ghost blog is hosted on the Ghost hosting platform:

  1. Upload your Zip file via the Ghost admin panel.
  2. Switch your theme to the Readium theme.
  3. Have fun.

Usage for Header images

  • Give your article the tag "articleImage"
  • Add a high-res image as the first image in your article
  • You should pay attention to image size. Don't go to crazy.

Usage for Figcaptions

  • Just give your images an alt tag

Thanks go to...

  • FontAwesome by Dave Gandy
  • Highlight JS by Ivan Sagalaev
  • Friedrich Althausen for Vollkorn & Adobe for Source Sans Pro
  • @mr_boolean, @riplexus & @unverbraucht for helping with JS
  • The awesome guys that make Ghost
  • The really rad guys that design Medium

Check it out

You can download the theme:

Installation help included inside via the Readme file.

Have fun and let me know what you think about it.