Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Love in the Library

According to Wikipedia.org, a romance novel “is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. Novels in this genre place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.” A happy ending..isn’t that what we all want? This is the main reason why I read romance novels. Yes, I admit it, I am a Librarian, with a Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on Medieval Literature, and I read..gasp…bodice rippers.

Oh, I read other things also, mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and the occasional non-fiction book. But my truest passion is reading about the beautiful heroine being swept off her feet by the oh-so-perfect Hero. I have been reading them since I was thirteen years old, which means 32 years now. I have seen the genre trends change from the prim and proper gothic novels of Victoria Holt to the true bodice rippers of Rosemary Rogers and the new paranomal romances that include timetravel, vampires and werewolves.

In this blog, we can indulge in the true escapism of this genre without guilt and worry that the “literary” bunch will look down their noses at us. This is our place to talk about what the newest trends are, going back to the old favorites and just plain love.

Currently, I have been reading two things, The Dark Series, by Christine Feehan and a historical romance (my main time period) called “Fairest of Them All” by Teresa Medeiros. Despite whatever else I am reading, I always have a historical romance on the side burner. They are always an easy read, predictable, full of adventure and something I don’t have to concentrate to much on to enjoy.

I would love to hear what you are reading and what you think about the newest Romance releases.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Exciting iPod news!

I know a lot of people have been grumpy that they haven't been able to access the library's eMedia on their Apple computers, and they haven't been able to listen to eBooks on their iPods.

The great news is one of our suppliers, Overdrive (aka eBooks to Go) has been able to develop some iPod/Apple compatible content with Apple's blessing! The content is still pretty thin, and there are still a lot of limitations, but the situation is getting better.

Right now, today, you can download Overdrive's MP3 eBook files to your iPod, but only if your iPod is formatted for use with Microsoft Windows. (Overdrive is working on a Mac-Compatible system, with Apple's blessing! The rumor is it will be live sometime in the next 12 months, if all goes well.)

Overdrive has the most amazing Help files I've ever seen. They are actually written in real English (not some tech-head variant!), and they give you ALL the steps you need to follow.

Not all the Overdrive content is MP3. What's the difference? MP3 is a particular way of storing information. That's why DVDs and CDs are different - they store the information differently. Think of it as the difference between books and microfilm. They store the information differently, and we look at them using different equipment. It's the same information, it's just stored differently.

Most of the Overdrive content is stored in WMA, not MP3. (Remember, you don't have to know the details of the letters - it's just a storage method!) WMA files are smaller than MP3 files, so you can fit more of them on your MP3 player.

Overdrive is working diligently to get the copyright permission to convert the books to MP3 format, and adding more files every day.