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>On the Road by Jack Kerouac

>I can now officially retire my Blackberry. I finally finished listening to On the Road by Jack Kerouac which I had downloaded from Overdrive.  I have to say, it’s not what I expected. I don’t know what I expected really but at least I wasn’t disappointed. I did enjoy it.

The book kind of reminded me of my dad. Not saying that he was anything like any of the characters in the book, but my dad was a truck driver and some of his trucker stories came to mind as this story unfolded. My dad used to tell me about  some of the hitchhikers he would pick up on his way across the country and he would tell me about other things he saw on the road. Some of my dad’s friends though, did remind me of some of Kerouac’s characters. Doesn’t everyone know a person like Dean? It was a fun story of freedom and adventure.

I cleaned my Blackberry out – deleted anything personal on it and cleared out all the photos, videos, music, and of course books that I had on it. Goodbye Blackberry, you’ve been good to me but it’s time to move on now.

Why hello there Droid! Time to start listening to The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.
By the way, the Overdrive user interface is so much easier to use on the Droid than on the Blackberry.

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>New toy! A Droid!

>In a previous post I was celebrating the fact that I was finally able to download audiobooks to my Blackberry. Since then I listened to Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk and am in the middle of On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

But, I now have a Droid phone! WOOT! Happy dance! Oh yeah! Uh-huh!

One of the first apps I installed on my new Droid was OVERDRIVE!

Ok, I installed “barcode reader” first because I wanted to be able to use it to scan the funky barcode thingy on the Overdrive website.

The barcode reader read it and in less than 5 seconds I was downloading the Overdrive app. Amazing! it used to take my Blackberry forever to do something like this. I am in seventh heaven right now.

I’m in the process of downloading The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. It’s 10 parts. If I were downloading this to my Blackberry, it would take about 3.5 hours (that’s 20 minutes per part!). Painfully slow! The Droid downloads at a pace of 6 minutes per part. So much faster!

Love it!

>Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

>Survivor is a very twisted, dark, mind blowing book. I’m so glad I found it.

It’s about this guy who was born and raised in a religious cult and how he deals with life after the mass suicide of his fellow cult members. His story is forever saved in the “black box” of the airplane that he highjacked. He made everyone get off the plane and had the pilot take off, set the autopilot, and then parachute out of the plane. Alone in the plane, he tells his life story while he waits for the plane to run out of gas and crash land.

This was an audiobook that I downloaded from Overdrive. The narrator was terrific and really brought the story to life.

I’ve never read (or listened to, as was the case) anything by Chuck Palahniuk before and after Survivor, I will pick up more by him. I really enjoyed it.

>Get caught Listening

>I recently succeeded in downloading an audiobook from Overdrive to my Blackberry. The first time I tried it – a while ago, I didn’t do it right. But with much patience and trial and error, I did, somehow, get Anna Karenina downloaded but not with the Overdrive app.

A few months later…

I’m still commuting about 2 hours a day back and forth to work and was getting sick of radio and music in general, so I decided to try Overdrive again. This time, it was a SUCCESS!

First of all, I had to upgrade the Overdrive app on my Blackberry – surprisingly this didn’t take very long at all.

While this was downloading I was browsing the catalog for books that were MP3 compatible. I’m a little disappointed in our limited selection, but it’s better than nothing. I was looking for something short to begin with because I wasn’t sure what my Blackberry could handle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes volumes I & II came up and I thought that would be a perfect start. I checked those out with my library card and got to the point where you would normally download them to your computer. By this time the Overdrive App was finished so, with the browser on my Blackberry, I navigated to my Overdrive account. Viola! There were the two Sherlock Holmes books ready to download. I clicked on Download and the Blackberry started doing its thing – it took a while to download. The book was in three parts and each part took about 20 minutes to download completely. After they were downloaded, I plugged my Blackberry into my car and listen to the stories during my commute.

I’m Loving it! Now I’m going to try longer books. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll probably have all 415 MP3 formatted books listened to in no time. Hopefully by then we’ll have a larger collection.

>Downloadable Audio books

>When I heard about Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben Winters coming out, I thought I better read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I was always slightly afraid of this one because of the length and I knew it would take me a while to read it. There are so many books on my to-read list that I’m anxious to get to, but I decided to go ahead and try it anyway.

First, I found the full-text version on Google Books and read the first few pages, I was hooked and knew I couldn’t stop with that. Then, I downloaded a copy to my Blackberry and have been reading it every day during my lunch break. The story is so beautifully written it pulled me instantly into it.

Two days ago, I entered the “Biggest Loser” contest that the library staff are having for the next three months.

What was I thinking? Right?
Anyway, I entered the contest and weighed in on Wednesday.

At lunch on Wednesday, I found myself eating a salad and reading my book for the entire hour – how in the world is this supposed to help? The salad was a step in the right direction, but the sitting on my bum for an entire hour? Wasting the only time I actually have get off my bum all day? I vowed to do better.

Today, at lunch, again, sitting on my bum for an entire hour reading when I could have been walking for at least 30 minutes of this time.

Addictions are hard to break and I’m totally addicted to the wonderful world that Leo painted. What to do? What to do?

Then I had a Eureka moment! I’m reading it on my Blackberry, why couldn’t I listen to it on my Blackberry? I could download it straight from our downloadable collection. DUH! Why didn’t I think of this before? Well, I did think of it before, kind of, but I lost my little MP3 player a while ago and never thought that I could download books on my Blackberry from Overdrive.

I sent a quick email to Kim, the head of our Readers Services division… Can I download audio books on my Blackberry?

Her reply, in short, was maybe the MP3 versions…

I decided to see if I could get an audio version of it so I could actually walk around during my lunch hour and still get my daily fix.

First of all, I had to see if the library’s collection even had that title in MP3 version. It did, so I immediately checked it out and started the process of downloading it. I successfully downloaded the Overdrive software to my Blackberry and followed all the rules and instructions. Then commenced downloading the file to my Blackberry… not so successful!

It said it couldn’t find the license for it. Hmm… After a few more tries, I was convinced it wasn’t going to work that way. Not giving up, I tried another way – downloading to my computer so I could transfer it later. It said that it would take several minutes and it wasn’t lying! I just left it go for a while and came back to it about half an hour later – almost done!

After this, I tried to transfer it to the Blackberry and it worked great… except when I tried to play the file it said it was expired! I looked at the details and it showed that I checked it out today – March 4 and it would expire on March 18. Ok, this didn’t make sense, why does it say expired? Hmmm… After a few more tries, I was convinced it wasn’t going to work that way.

Not giving up, I tried another way – downloading the files to iTunes. Yes! Success! Now, to get it on the Blackberry.

After a little more trial and error… I am now, as I type, listening to part 1 of Anna Karenina on my Blackberry while the other 29 parts are downloading.

Look out fellow Biggest Loser contestants, now that I can listen to Anna Karenina on my blackberry, I will be walking every day during my breaks and lunch.

I hope my persistence in getting the audio book to work on my Blackberry will carry over to the Biggest Loser contest and help me win. Well, even if I lose the contest, I’ll still win if I actually lose any weight during this three-month period.