Background play now available!

21 06 2010

We are really excited about background play for Audiobooks.  Here are some tips for using it:

Double click the home button and the task bar will appear. It is shown in the screen shot to the right. It will show all the apps you have open.  The example shown has the App store, Audiobooks, and Mail open.

If you click on Audiobooks from here, it will take you back to wherever you left off in the app.  However, you can control what you’re listening to without going back into the app.

The first way to do this is by swiping the task bar to the right.  It will then show the audio controls that are displayed in the screen shot on the left so you can keep whatever you have open and still pause your audiobook.

If you get a call, or another audio app starts playing, the audiobook will stop playing.  Otherwise, it will continue playing in the background as you check your email, play a game, or use any of the other great apps you have on your iPhone, or iPod Touch.

If your iPhone is locked, you can still double tap the home button – this will display the screen on the bottom right which shows the same audio control buttons right on the main screen without needing to unlock your phone.

We also have hands free kit support now.

We hope you enjoy the newest features in Audiobooks!  Happy Listening.

10 books meme

21 06 2010

I’ve seen the 10 books meme floating around a few different places – you’re supposed to tell the 10 books that have most influenced you in your life.  So, I thought I would join in and tell the top 10 books that have influenced my life.

1. The Bible – this is the number one book that has influenced my life for sure.  As a Christian, I try to read some of God’s word every day.

2. Matilda by Roald Dahl – this was my favorite book, by far, growing up.  I was always a book-worm, and I really loved Matilda, even though my parents were more than supportive, I just thought it was great that Matilda could use her brainpower to get back with Miss Trunchbull!

3. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – well the whole series, really – but I loved them all, and thought it would have been such fun to be a part of the Ingalls family.

4. The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein – this book made me cry the first time I really understood it – I read the words many times as a child without ever really understanding how much the tree gave the boy.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – I looked in the back of the large wardrobe at my grandmother’s house trying to find Narnia on more than one occasion.  I couldn’t get enough of the adventures of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.  Edmund’s betrayal and Aslan’s sacrifice such a wonderful mirror of Christ’s story.

6. Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern.  Not really because I was overwhelmed by clutter, or terribly unorganized.  I am very organized by nature and this book helped me see that the majority of people didn’t naturally label their spices and put them away alphabetically, and that I could probably help others a little with my natural gifts.

7. Mothers of Influence was given to me at my baby shower – and I think it helped me see how influential a mother can be in their child’s life, and made me want to be the primary caretaker of my daughter.

8. Tightwad Gazette mostly because I’m pretty frugal, and it was reassuring to see that there were others out there who were WAY more frugal than I am, and also there are some great $ saving ideas in there!

9. Hot, Flat and Crowded by Tom Friedman was a very interesting read on where we are, and where we need to be with our energy consumption.  It inspired me to sign up for the green option, though it costs more through our power company, and to wait just a *little* longer to turn on the AC when it’s warm out.

10. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, which I actually only read a month or two ago, but I couldn’t put it down.  I already loved buying produce at the farmer’s market, tomatoes from the grocery store really just don’t compare to the amazing bright red juicy beauties you can buy from a local farmer, and the local asparagus has been out of this world the past few weeks.  I think this book made me want to buy even more from local, sustainable choices and support the small farmers in my area so they can continue to be a part of our community!

Reader Review for Art of War

18 06 2010

If you want to learn more about Sun Tzu, who wrote the Art of War, you can look here or here.

If you want to hear more librivox recordings by Moira Fogarty, you can look here.

Happy Listening!

Activities for the Art of War

17 06 2010

The United States has some really great war monuments to visit and understand the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers.  One interesting way to learn more about warfare is to visit these monuments.  Here are a few in the US to visit:

Korean War Veterans Memorial

World War II Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

** Giveaway ** Questions from the Art of War

16 06 2010

Answer any of the questions below to be entered to win a free code to download the Art of War Audiobook Text + Audio for your iPhone or iPod Touch.  Comment on this post by 5:00 PM on Monday, June 21.  You must be in the US, and have an iPhone or iPod Touch to use the app.

1. Why is the Art of War considered a great work not only on War but also on Leadership in all arenas?

2. What are the similarities and differences between the Eastern views in the Art of War vs. Western views?

3. Of all the advice given, what do you find to be the most valuable?

Art of War – Quotes

15 06 2010

Here are some great quotes from the Art of War:

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.

If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.

If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself

The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.

Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys.
Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!

Audiobook Review – The Art of War

14 06 2010

Studied in military academies and training programs to this day, not to mention by thousands of curious readers, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is one of the oldest most widely read military tactic books in the world. This might explain why it is also one of the most downloaded books in Traveling Classic’s Audiobooks library! Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general who wrote in the 6th century BC. In his definition of warfare, Sun Tzu breaks elements of five constant factors in war into thirteen chapters. The factors included are The Moral Law, Heaven (weather/ climate), Earth (natural surroundings), The Commander, and Method and Discipline. Although his claim that all those who dutifully ascribe to his direction in war will win, and those who do not face defeat, may seem a bit arrogant, the timelessness of his literature testifies to the fundamental value and depth of Sun Tzu’s wisdom in war tactics. He states (translation) that “All war is based upon deception” and who can argue with that? Everyone today knows that the best way to stay alive is not just to have the biggest and the best, but to outsmart your opponent while he is unaware of your plans. From the kids in the backyard with water-guns to governments around the world, Sun Tzu’s several thousand year old text rings true. Traveling Classics hopes you enjoy this classic while becoming better informed on a subject that has always preoccupied man’s thoughts.


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