Short Stories

26 07 2010

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our favorite short story Audiobooks.  Let us know if there are any books you want us to review.

The first short story is 2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut.  It is only 22 minutes, but packs quite a bit in.  It is an interesting tale that follows the decision process of a man, Edward K. Wehling, Jr., whose wife is about to give birth to triplets.  The twist is that aging has been cured, individuals have indefinite life spans, and Edward has to find 3 people that are willing to die in order to bring his 3 children into the world.  Listen to hear how far a father will go for his soon to be born children.

Happy Listening.

AudioBookShelf on TUAW!

23 07 2010

The Unofficial Apple Weblog featured an app demo of AudioBookShelf yesterday.  Check it out here.

We’ve been busy around here – we have released a whole bunch of new audiobooks in the android market – check out everything Traveling Classics has to offer in android here.

We also released quite a few new books in the iTunes store as single title apps, you can check them all out here.  Look for all those professional titles in Audiobooks in the next few weeks.

Traveling with the iPad

12 07 2010

Recently, I traveled with my iPad.  I have to say, I loved it.  A long wait at the airport has never flown so quickly.  My husband and I love to play board games, so it was great to be able to play some of our favorites on the go.  We played Carcassone, Battleship, The Game of Life, Monopoly, Scrabble, and Spit while we were traveling.

We also had fun using Google Earth to see a bird’s eye view of where we were.

I read several books, and even downloaded another while I was traveling.  Normally 3-4 books would have taken up quite a bit of luggage space, but I had them all in my iPad instead this trip.  I used both iBooks, and Kindle, and they were both great.

I brought a few magazines from home, and added some recipes I wanted to try to My Recipe Book while traveling, and now they’re waiting in my queue for the next time I want to try a new recipe.

I also edited some photos from the trip using Filterstorm.

What do you use when you travel with your iPad or iPhone?

Anne of Green Gables – Reader Profile

9 07 2010

If you loved Karen Savage’s reading of Anne of Green Gables, she has read quite a few other books, you can check them out at her website, or just search for her as a reader in AudiobooksAudiobooks Premium, and Audiobooks (iPad Edition).

Anne of Green Gables Activities

8 07 2010

Make your own Cherry Cordial – the one Anne and Diana were supposed to drink, but accidentally drank some of Marilla’s wine instead.

1 tsp sour cherry syrup

5 oz ice water

ice cubes

Add the syrup to the water and stir – add ice and enjoy!

Anne of Green Gables – Questions

7 07 2010

1. Why do you think Anne insists on being called Anne with an “e”?

2. What does a kindred spirit mean to you?  Do you seek out kindred spirits in your life as Anne does?

3. Can you think of any happy accidents in your life that ended up working out like Marilla and Matthew getting a girl instead of a boy?

Anne of Green Gables – favorite quotes

6 07 2010

I don’t know how you can resist falling in love with Anne after listening to Anne of Green Gables.  She says so many funny and wonderful things.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Anne with an “e”, don’t you think it sounds so romantic?

Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?

Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?

Anne of Green Gables Book Review

5 07 2010

Red hair, freckled nose, precocious wit, and a dreamer, this is Anne Shirley, a beloved heroine for girls for over a century. Anne of Green Gables is the story of an orphaned girl in Nova Scotia near the turn of the 20th century. Her childhood has a bleak beginning, being passed from one bad foster home to another and then back to various orphanages, but Anne Shirley never gives up hope. Almost always the optimist and always the dreamer, Anne eventually gets the opportunity she’s been longing for- adoption by an older brother and sister living on a farm on the beautiful Prince Edward Island. Dazzled by this glimpse of joy, Anne sets all her hopes on being Anne of Green Gables for the rest of her life, but there is a mistake! Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert were planning to adopt a boy and someone has sent them a girl by mistake! Or was it?
As Anne works her way into Matthew and Marilla’s hearts, she’ll also work her way into yours. No beauty escapes her notice, no friendship is left undiscovered and if there is a mishap to be had, Anne will find it. Traveling Classics is pleased to bring you this edited edition of the first of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, read in its entirety by the talented Karen Savage.

This title is available individually in the App Store, or in AudiobooksAudiobooks Premium, and Audiobooks (iPad Edition)

Where did my Plus and Pro Content Go?

3 07 2010

If your plus and pro books disappeared with the update, they’re not gone forever.  Within the app, click on Options – then at the top right corner, click on settings.  The settings screen will pop up, and at the bottom of the screen is the Restore Purchases Button.  Once you click the Restore Button, you will be asked for your iTunes password.  Once you enter your password, you will get a pop-up that says:

All previous purchases have been restored.  If you have downloaded books on a previous version, you will still need to navigate to those books and add them to your library.  We sincerely thank you for your continued support.

As the message says, you will need to re-download the books that were purchased previously, but you will not be charged for them.

Hope this helps.

Audiobook App Updates

2 07 2010

We updated both Audiobooks, and Audiobooks Premium this week, so I though I would let everyone know what the main changes are.

  • We updated the Librivox database – so there are now 648 brand new FREE books for your listening pleasure
  • We added BACKGROUND play to both apps – so if you have the new iOS 4 on a device that supports background play, you will be able to keep your audiobook playing in the background while you listen to your favorite books
  • We changed the name from Ad Free to Premium, because now Premium is not only ad free, but there are some other great features like setting a custom sleep timer, the ability to switch to streaming mode if you don’t want your books to take up space on your device, and
  • There are also a few bug fixes, and some performance enhancements, so the apps should run faster and more smoothly now

We would love to hear how you like the new updates, have you used Background play?  Are you enjoying the custom sleep timer?


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