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November 11, 2009

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Audiobook choices for the iPod


J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times tech writer extraordinaire, spilled the beans in her November 5, 2009 "Q&A" feature; the juice follows.


Audiobook Choices for the iPod

Q. What companies sell audiobooks for the iPod Touch besides iTunes? Are there fees involved?

A. The iTunes Store stocks thousands of audiobooks alongside the music, video, games and applications for sale to iPod and Apple TV owners. But this is not the only place to get recorded books for your portable player. You can find some popular options for playing audiobooks on MP3 players at audiobooksusa.com, and the Internet Archive has more than 4,000 free audiobooks and recorded poetry at archive.org.

With 60,000 titles to download on the site, Audible.com is one of the largest repositories of iPod-friendly audiobooks. You can hear a short audio sample of just about everything on the site to decide if you like the sound of it (as well as the narrator’s dulcet tones).

You can buy and download books from Audible whenever you want, although prices tend to be much higher if you are not a member. If you sign up for an Audible membership, you basically get one audiobook a month for a $15 monthly fee on the Gold plan, or two audiobooks a month for $23 a month on the Platinum plan. (The site is currently running a special, in which the first three months of a new Gold plan membership are half price at $7.50 a month.)

While some people also borrow audiobook CDs from the library and convert them into iPod-ready digital files with iTunes, some libraries now have digital collections of their own online. For example, the New York Public Library has certain iPod-compatible audiobooks for download at ebooks.nypl.org. (The library’s digital offerings also include some electronic books, music and video files to download as well.)

Check with your local library to see what is available and what software and system requirements are needed to use any of its digital material.

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Frying Tongs


Good idea.

From the website:


Frying Tongs

Lift and turn fried foods without splattering.

Combination strainer and tongs let you grab, lift and drain foods during cooking and when placing onto a platter from the frying pan or deep fryer.

Stainless steel.




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What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

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Recycled Bike Wheel Clock



[via Likecool and Alistair Why]

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The Decade in 7 Minutes

[via Milena]

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Blast Chair


Made in the UK from American ash.


31 legs.



[via Wholleysblog]

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MoMuPl Movie Soundtrack Player


"Type a movie name in here, then select a movie to hear its sound track."

[via Milena]

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Monkey-Picked Tea


From the website:


Monkey-Picked Tea

This rare Chinese tea is carefully picked by specially-trained monkeys in a remote mountain region of China.

Legend has it that monkeys were first used to collect tea 10 centuries ago after one monkey, seeing its master trying to reach some tea growing wild on a mountain face, climbed up the steep face and collected the tea growing there and brought it down to his master.

This wild tea was considered so delicious that other people began to train monkeys to collect it.

Nowadays the practice of monkeys picking tea has all but died out except in one small remote village where they still continue this remarkable tradition.

No monkeys are harmed or mistreated in order for us to bring this rare brew to you.

In fact, the monkeys and their ancestors before them have been doing this job for generations and are treated as respected members of their human keepers' families.



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