At that time the forums were hosted on Turcic.com, Alex's website. The site was not yet known as MobileRead, and in fact Alex launched it with the intention of collecting lists of mobile webpages and websites. I cannot really show you what the forums looked like back then, but the WayBack Machine did snag a copy, and as you can see it was running on one of the bog standard forum layouts.
Since that day MobileRead has grown to have over 180 thousand members, an 1100 page Wiki, more device forums than you can shake a stick at.
Congratulations, MobileRead. Here's to 10 more years.