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How lucky I am! On my journey along Route 66, I found an iPod Touch.

I mentioned how delighted I am to be able to use my new iPod to listen to audio books. Of course, it has been quite a learning experience, as not only have I never owned an MP3 player before this brand new model iPod Touch, but I have never ever used a touch screen as a navigation system, except at airports and ATM kiosks.  Last year when I purchased a new Point and Shoot camera, one of the latest models featured a touch screen, but that seemed so foreign to me that I rejected it for one with traditional buttons and wheels.

The iPod Touch has only two buttons plus the charger insert. It was strange to say the least, but now I am learning that by touch, I can discover more and more that this little gizmo can accomplish. One thing that I was able to see straight away was that not only can  I listen to audio books, but I can  READ text books.

Amazing it was to make that discovery, as I had not realized that would be an added bonus. As I said before, there should be miracles included in this gadget, as a way to justify its pricey price. When I find a book I want to read, I merely turn the iPod Touch sideways (horizontal) and the text lines up perfectly for reading. However, both the iPod and the text books must be connected to the Internet, as I must read them through the Safari browser which comes installed on the iPod Touch. I have not found a way to download these text books into iTunes or to the iPod, so I am assuming that is not possible. However, this works fine for me at home in bed, as I have WiFi at my house. I know where the free text books are on the Internet and the iPod Touch knows how to remember my favorite places.

Of course, this iPod works for reading all kinds of other stuff on the Internet, not to mention my other blogs, my Google calendar, my Google homepage with all the latest news on it. And you know what? Surprise, surprise! I have been able to enter my events onto my Google calendar from my iPod and I have also been able to read and send Gmail. So who needs an added phone anyway? Not me. But I bet with a bit of sleuthing someone can find a phone on this thing too, as it does connect to the Internet.

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I have been reading “The History of the Middle Ages” by Samuel B. Harding. It was written for children of long, long ago, and as I have always felt quite deficient in my knowledge of European history, I decided to give it a try. I actually am not really reading it, as it is being read to me by a lovely lady named Kara Shallenberg. I found the audio at her web site kayray.org and downloaded it to my new Ipod. I have never owned an MP3 player before this new Ipod Touch, so all of the learning and implementing of this new technology is quite revolutionary to me.

Anyway, when I awoke in my bed in the middle of last night, I reached for my trusty new Ipod, and listened for three chapters until I fell back asleep whilst the Vandals, Huns, Romans and Goths were marauding the entire European continent. Well, not really the Romans, as they were civilized. This audio book stops at the end of each chapter, which seems to be good, as once I fell asleep, the recording eventually stopped. I think the Ipod turns itself off too, but I am not sure of that. Ms. Shallenberg reads for LibriVox.org where I found this at their website:

We get most of our texts from Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive and ibiblio.org host our audio files (for free!). Our annual budget is $0, and for the moment we don’t need any money. We’ll let you know if that changes. In the mean time, perhaps you might consider supporting our partners: Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive.

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