A few months ago, Olivia began to really like books on CD (gifts from grandparents). Desperate for more toddler distractions in the car, I ripped them onto Itunes and then synced them to my Ipod for use in the car. One afternoon, I found myself browsing Itunes' store for more books for the girls and thought, "Humm, I should buy a book for myself." However, I refrained from the temptation.
On vacation in Germany, I ran into a librarian who told me to borrow books on CD from the library and rip them to Itunes, etc. So, before I left, I hit up the library (on the U.S. Military post) and ripped a couple of books. I finished "Sophie's Choice" as we landed back in Lisbon. I began "The Secret Life of Bees" last week and, sadly (it was so good), finished it the other day. I am hooked. Unfortunately, there is no library (English library) nearby that has books on CD.
I didn't think I could really get into listening to a book. There's something about flipping pages and actually reading the lines and pages of a book. So, I was surprised at how easily I came to really like e-books.
Here's why: As a mother of two toddlers, I cannot sit down to read whenever I want. Often, by the time I get into bed at night, I'm so tired, I read a page and then push myself to finish a chapter through heavy eyelids. It can take me a month to read one book. Since I was a little girl and fell in love with the "Little House on the Prairie" series, and then the "Anne of Green Gables" series, books have topped my list of great life-long loves, stress relievers, etc.
Books on CD (or e-books) have opened up a whole new world to me. I can listen to a book in the car, while grocery shopping, doing the dishes, walking the dog, cooking, etc. My Ipod and, if I can't have ear phones in, my portable Ipod stereo, allow me to listen to a book any time of the day, without having to stop what I'm doing. At night, tucked into bed, I have chosen to read an actual book, saving listening to books only for when I am not able to sit down to open up a book. Now, I am listening to one book and reading another book. Life is good!
The other day, browsing the website of the library I was a member of from childhood until I got married, I noticed they now have an e-library! Score (read: free e-books)!
Not so fast...As I was about to pick up the phone to see if I could renew my membership over the phone or online and sign up for an e-book account, I noticed that library e-books are not compatible with Apple products (read: Ipods). Of course. If Apple isn't going to make money on something, why would they design their products to be compatible with library e-books? Stupid me.
Sorry Apple. While I will not be ditching my Ipod, I will not be purchasing any books from your Itunes store. Instead, when I go home for a visit in August, I'm making a mad dash to the library, where I will inquire as to the ins and outs of their e-library. I will re up my membership. Then, I will purchase a very basic, possibly used, MP3 player that is compatible with e-library books. Even if I have to spend $100 on set-up (MP3 player and some sort of docking/speaker system), it still beats buying e-books online (I could spend $100 on books in a few mere weeks). Oh, how I hope this works with my overseas Internet server! Please let it work!
What do you love? Books? Music? Exercise? Warm baths/showers? What things do you do to relieve stress from work, life with infants/toddlers, etc.?