Universal Apps

14 03 2011

The latest update to both Audiobooks and Audiobooks Premium turned them both from iPhone only apps to universal iPhone and iPad apps.  We are pleased with the update, and hope you are, too.  It is easier to filter books however you would like, and to take advantage of the full iPad screen.

New Text + Audio for the iPad

12 10 2010

We have been busy around here.  We just released a whole bunch of Audiobook + Text apps for the iPad, so you can read along with the book while you’re listening!  Check them out:

– Benjamin Button

– Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

– Beatrix Potter

– Art of War

– Alice in Wonderland

– Anne of Green Gables

– The Invisible Man

– Jane Eyre

– King Solomons Mines

– Gulliver’s Travels

– Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

– Communist Manifesto

– Pollyanna

– The Scarlet Pimpernel

– Adventures of Tom Sawyer

– Uncle Tom’s Cabin

– Treasure Island

– Northanger Abbey

– The Secret Garden

– Sense and Sensibility

– This Side of Paradise

– Robinson Crusoe

– A Little Princess

– Pride and Prejudice

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.

Book apps

30 06 2010

Do you use your iPhone or iPad to read books as well as listen to them? I have been trying out several of the readers, here are my thoughts.

iBooks – I like the look and feel of the app. I like that it actually looks like an open book, and that it is a double screen. I also love the page turning effect, how the edges curl up. I guess I’m a pretty visual person.

Borders ebooks – I like the opening animation. But, the reading screen is a bit bland. It is really bright white, and it didn’t feel as much like reading a book, which I suppose you are not, but I thought it could use some work.

Amazon kindle – same look and feel as the borders app, but I like the page transitions better. The dissolve was a bit odd looking, the pan to the left makes it look more like the page is changing.

Stanza – single page white background like the previous 2. But, swiping up and down changed the brightness, which I liked. The white seemed too bright to me, so I liked toning it down a bit.

B&N – was a bit cumbersome to sign up and start. Also, it seemed there were a lot more words per page, and they were closer together than the other apps, which made it a bit harder to read.

Overall, I liked iBooks because it had the look and feel of an actual book. My second fa orate was stanza.

What is your favorite?

New Books in the Store!

24 06 2010

We have some great new professional titles in the store.  They are also available as in-app purcahses in Audiobooks and Audiobooks (Ad Free).

Blood Trail – Critically acclaimed, award-winning author C. J. Box’s Joe Pickett mysteries are a mainstay on the best-seller lists. Former game warden Pickett is now a special agent reporting directly to the governor. With someone targeting elk hunters, Pickett must head off a potentiall y deadly showdown when a flamboyant anti-hunting activist rolls in to town.

Brothers – Acclaimed novelist Yu Hua became the first Chinese author to win the distinguished James Joyce Foundation Award. Controversial in his own country for his biting satire, he creates insightful portraits of Chinese society. Step-brothers Baldy Li and Song Gang couldn’t be more different. While Baldy is a girl-chasing teen, Song is quiet and studious. The two come of age in a vibrant Chinese culture struggling with constant change.

Change of Heart – Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne’s last request is to donate his heart to his victim’s ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses—including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

From Dead to Worse – The eighth entry in Charlaine Harris’ New York Times best-selling, Anthony Award-winning series finds Sookie reeling from an explosive attack on the previous month’s vampire summit. Many vampires were killed, including several of Sookie’s friends. But most pressing for Sookie is the unknown status of her weretiger boyfriend Quinn. Like it or not, everything is changing in the supernatural world—and Sookie is caught in the middle.

Living Dead in Dallas -This is the second book in Charlaine Harris’ popular Southern Vampire Mysteries series. Telepathic vampire maven (and cocktail waitress) Sookie Stackhouse has been tasked with locating an abducted vampire and suppressing an upstart anti-undead religious cult.

“This is one terrific read.”—Kliatt

This is the second book in Charlaine Harris’ popular Southern Vampire Mysteries series. Telepathic vampire maven (and cocktail waitress) Sookie Stackhouse has been tasked with locating an abducted vampire and suppressing an upstart anti-undead religious cult.“This is one terrific read.”—Kliatt

Miracle at Speedy Motors – Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling, award-winning No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series continues in this captivating novel. It’s business as usual for Botswana’s only female detective, as Precious Ramotswe applies her characteristic wit to a set of perplexing difficulties. Precious’ latest case involves helping a woman find her family. But there are extenuating circumstances. Namely, the woman doesn’t know her real name, and she’s not even sure any of her family members are still living.Meanwhile, as Precious’ husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni frets over his ailing daughter, his attention is captured by a doctor promising miracles. And when Mma Makutsi receives a new bed from Phuti Radiphuti, the result is unexpected sleepless nights. Fueled by steaming mugs of bush tea, Precious and company tackle their concerns with irrepressible logic and unwavering determination. As she has done with the whole series—available in its entirety from Recorded Books—African native Lisette Lecat delivers a narration perfectly tuned to the rhythms of Precious’ unique world.

“Utterly charming and compulsively readable.”—Newsweek

Winter Study – Nevada Barr’s New York Times best-selling Anna Pigeon mysteries continue to break new ground in the genre. This time the roving park ranger and amateur detective investigates a case on Isle Royale. Amidst its barren landscape, a group of researchers observe a group of ravenous wolves. But a killer is on the loose as well, and only Anna can halt his murderous designs.

The Crocodile in the Sandbank – Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life’s passion. Without the second, the mummy’s curse would have made corpses of them all.

Blind Descent – Award-winning author Nevada Barr fills the pages of “Blind Descent” with heart-stopping suspense, plots that twist around every corner, and spectacular wilderness settings. When park ranger Anna Pigeon embarks on a thrilling subterranean rescue mission, she confronts personal demons and a multitude of life-threatening dangers—not all of them from the hostile terrain.  A fellow ranger is injured in a suspicious accident while exploring the mostly unmapped Lechuguilla Cavern in New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns. During a fleeting moment of consciousness, the victim calls for Anna. Battling her paralyzing fear of small spaces, Anna descends into the lifeless underworld to uncover what really happened. As Anna wriggles through cramped tunnels and climbs rocky precipices, she discovers treachery and destruction lurking in the inky black just beyond her headlamp. Veteran narrator Barbara Rosenblat provides the perfect voice for the courageous, but very human, park ranger and her colleagues.

Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon’s fans will be delighted to find Jamie and Claire as spirited and endearing as ever in this fourth installment of this magnificent saga. Romance, history, and time travel blend once again as the couple builds a new life together in the wilderness of pre-Revolutionary America. Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, twenty years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history. Davina Porter’s narrative talent adds a special vibrance and resonance to Gabaldon’s complex, colorful characters. If you’ve experienced Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, or Voyager), you already know the length of the book is deceptive. None of them is nearly long enough.

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.

New books in the App Store

4 06 2010

We have even more new books in the App store as single title apps.  They are also available  as in-app purchases in AudiobooksAudiobooks (ad free), and Audiobooks (iPad Edition).

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built – The 10th entry in the internationally best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series finds Precious Ramotswe investigating a mystery that hits close to home. When she asks her dependable husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to fix her tiny, white van, Precious fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down—and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

Thereby Hangs a Tail – Spencer Quinn follows the critical success of his New York Times best-selling Dog on It with this second mystery starring hapless private investigator Bernie and his four-legged partner Chet, a K-9 school dropout. While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet—with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth—keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet’s perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

Virgin River – Fan-adored author Robyn Carr presents the story of a woman who “needs a change [and] gets something very different than she bargained for” “Booklist”, starred review. Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town’s ad for help. Nestled amongst California’s giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters—including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers is the “New York Times” best-selling author of the critically lauded “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”. Here he chronicles the Kafka-esque tribulations of Syrian-American Abdulrahman Zeitoun in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. His story is a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

“This is a beautiful book”. Zeitoun is a poignant, haunting, ethereal story about New Orleans in peril.”
—Douglas Brinkley, “New York Times” best-selling author

Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick’s riveting debut novel is both foreboding and sensual. When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a “simple missionary’s daughter.” But he doesn’t know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

“A sublime murder ballad …”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

War Dances – National Book Award winner and New York Times best-selling author Sherman Alexie infuses his writing with biting wit and poignant insight. As a 41-year-old man confronts his own mortality in this collection’s title story, he recalls his Spokane Indian father’s chilling death from alcoholism and diabetes. Another tale features an eccentric salesman pursuing a married woman from airport to airport. And then there’s the film editor who sees nothing wrong with altering footage to fit preconceived views—until he becomes the target of media distortion.

An Ice Cold Grave – New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris is a fan favorite for her Sookie Stackhouse mysteries as well as this series starring supernatural detective Harper Connelly. Called to tiny Doraville, North Carolina, Harper investigates the disappearance of several young boys. After finding them buried in a secluded wood, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer is stalking the town’s children.

Free Fire – Best-selling author C. J. Box—an Anthony and Macavity Award winner—earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist for this exceptional mystery. Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four people in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires former game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation.

Dexter in the Dark – Macabre yet hugely entertaining, Dexter in the Dark takes America’s most endearing murderer—star of a hit Showtime series—to places even he isn’t comfortable exploring. A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police,Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds—and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

Solar – Universally acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest novelists, Ian McEwan is a Booker Prize-winning, best-selling literary master. He displays a fresh facet of his considerable talent in Solar, a satirical novel rife with blistering humor. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.


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