books on .mp3


Libraries where I live offer books on .mp3 on a CD disk.

I love listening to audio books when I travel. I am loading up now for my next trip (Mexico & Central America). Three books ready for upload to my mp3 player:

  • The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Running with the Bulls, My years with the Hemingways, by Valerie Hemingway
  • Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts
  • Ripping books from CD, in comparison, was slow & painful. Death to the audio CD.

    Use the IMPORT function on your iTunes (or other inferior) music software to get the track order sorted correctly.

    I am very happy with my Rio Cali waterproof mp3 player — but the way to go today is with the iPod Nano, the first good iPod.
    Rio Cali 256 MB Sport MP3 Player


    Apple Powerbook

    The worst fanatics are religious fanatics. And the worst religion these days is the Cult of Steve Jobs. Yup, I am an Apple Computer zealot.

    Currently I run a 12 inch Powerbook — plenty of punch but still small enough to haul around on my travels. I recommend it.

    Apple PowerBook Notebook 12.1\<a

    books – Ulysses, by James Joyce

    James Joyce’s Ulysses is the book I most admire. Yet I don’t believe I have read it straight through.

    I have listened dozens of times to unabridged audio versions — to relish the rich Irish dialogue.

    You have heard it is an original masterpiece of language. That it’s a comic tragedy of Greek epic proportions. (I don’t blame if you skip the stream of consciousness last third of the book.)

    What is it about?

    A normal 24-hour-day, June 16th, 1904 in Dublin, Ireland. All my grandparents came from Ireland so I feel a wee bit o‘ kinship.

    It concerns defecating, shaving, eating, shopping, coveting, whoring. There’s a funeral. And, of course, drinking.

    It’s wonderful to compare the dark, savvy worldview of Stephen Dedalus with that of cheerful Leo Bloom.

    World Fantasy Convention 2008 in Calgary

    No, you cannot yet buy your tickets.

    Cowgary unexpectedly won the bid November 6th. My brother Randy was as surprised as anyone — and he was the man pitching cowtown.

    You see Calgary had just finished hosting a very successful Western North American Science Fiction & Fantasy conference: Westercon 2005 – Due North!

    Enthusiasts from that event decided to make a bid for the Worlds, last minute. And they won.

    You can countdown the days on the World Fantasy website.