Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Under the Tree




My husband surprised me this Christmas with an iPod Touch under the tree Christmas morning. I must have been a very good girl this year to deserve such an exciting present. I have been having so much fun learning about all the cool applications I can download to it.

For those of you who are not familiar with the iPod Touch, it is just like the iPhone, only it's not a phone. It does everything else imaginable, like Internet access and GPS only you don't have to pay AT&T a monthly fee. You just need to have access to wireless (which we now have). I am really excited about my iPod, because I can read books from it, check my feeds from google reader and even post to my blog, all from my iPod. Oh, and I can email too, along with hundreds of other cool applications. They even have a facebook one. So as you can guess, I have been having a lot of fun over the holidays.

I downloaded Stanza, which is an eReader application that stores ebooks. It works in conjunction with the fictionwise website. I haven't used it yet, but I did download a couple of mini harlequin ebooks that were free. I was also able to get the ebooks I already owned onto my iPod with a couple of downloads. This took a little bit more work because I had to download a special stanza program to my desktop computer. This program converts your .pdf and .html files to stanza files. Once you do that then you can add your ebooks to your iPod. It was all fairly easy because of their step-by-step instructions. Jane, from Dear Author, blogs about her iPhone quite a bit which uses the same application. As I learn more about it I will follow up with more posts. In the mean time, I am off to discover more!

7 comments:

Rowena said...

Ooh, those things are so cool. Have fun with that and it's so funny because I don't have an iPod touch but I downloaded Stanza to my sister's ipod touch and she's like, "WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?" LOL..isn't it awesome though?

You're so lucky...enjoy it sweetie!

Tracy said...

How very cool. These kinds of things are always so interesting. Have fun!

nath said...

Very nice gift! Looks like you love it :D Enjoy it!

Li said...

Oh, very nice! I've been eyeing one for a while but am still umming and ahhing over it.

Jill D. said...

Well, I must say, so far I am absolutely loving it. My husband has been playing around with it and I think he wants one too now.

Li, it is great and well worth the money. You might want to start saving your money :)

Holly said...

My brother has one and I was playing with it at Christmas. It's awesome! I'm totally jealous. I hope you'll let me know what you think of the reading app. I'm curious.

Christine said...

That is an awesome Christmas present!!!

I've had my iPhone since July and downloaded Stanza to it maybe sometime in August or September, but have only downloaded those same free eharlequin books and maybe one or two from the free library. I think I started reading North and South. Anyway, I was always curious about the Dear Author bookshelf that Jane set up, but never really delved into figuring out how that worked. Have you seen that post on Dear Author?


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