Thursday, June 24, 2010

iRead iBooks

So, I recently downloaded the new software update for my iPhone, which graced me with the new iBookstore. And can I just say...I love it! They have a plethora of great books, classics even—and for free! Mind you, not everything is free. But already I've downloaded several great books at no cost to myself!

They are as follows.

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.
White Fang and The Call of the Wild, by Jack London.
Common Sense, by Thomas Paine.
The Trial, by Franz Kafka.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works, by Edgar Allan Poe.

                                        All for FREE!

And they're actually pretty pleasant to read on my iPhone. Some news reporter—who no doubt thought she was being ever so clever—made some sort of comment to the effect that iBooks are great, but reading them on a tiny screen is not. I beg to differ, Ms. Reporter Lady. I was skeptical at first, but I opened up The Call of the Wild, started reading, and was hooked. Mind you, I don't think you can ever do better than actually cracking open a book and giving it a read, but nevertheless I read through all of The Call of the Wild, all on my iPhone, and all in a couple of days.

And on that note, I'd read The Call of the Wild as a kid. I'd forgotten how sad it actually is! But I still enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm partial to anything involving dogs, especially when told from their point of view. I always find it interesting to see how an author breathes life and personality into a dog. Being a dog owner myself, trust me; I know dogs are full of personality. But I still love seeing that personality come out through writing. (Side-note: One of my favorite authors is Dean Koontz because he always writes the best dog characters!)

Anyway, if you have an iPhone, I recommend trying out iBooks and the iBookstore! Free classics! What could be better? And if you don't have an iPhone, that's fine. Because books are always out there, just begging to be read. What better time than the summer to kick back with some literature and soak it up?

Me, I'm tackling the big white whale now. Moby Dick. This will be my third attempt. So far, I've always fallen short. (Which didn't pan out well considering the first two times Moby Dick was required reading for my Literature courses...)

Maybe this time will be different. It would be fitting for me to finish and love Moby Dick, as my favorite coffee got its name from Captain Ahab's coffee-loving first mate, Starbuck. ;-)

Happy reading!

*Edit: I've been asked who did the artwork for this Moby Dick picture. His name is Tim Neely. 
I love this picture, too, so here's where you can find the artist! Here's a link to his blog!
Also, clicking on the picture itself will take you to his blog.


Jenna Renee said...

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The Words Crafter said...

I love Dean Koontz. Do you have a favorite Dean dog book? Mine would have to be Watchers...

Loryn said...

I want it!!!

I really hope iphone comes out for verizon sometime this year!

Sarah Thomas said...

@Jenna Renee—Thanks! I’ll definitely come check that out!

@The Words Crafter—I haven’t read Watchers yet! Now I will have to. :-) I think one of my favorite dogs is in his book False Memory.

@Loryn—That’d be cool! I have some friends on Verizon that are hoping the same thing! For ya’ll’s sake, I will hope with you!

Mike "Ki Gen" Suazo said...

Awesome, I'd totally do that if I didn't enjoy having a jailbroken iTouch so much...

Matty said...

Best of luck with Moby Dick. I've never tackled it myself, but I suspect it's one of those books that I'll have to read at some point. Incidentally, I love the Moby Dick lithograph (?) in your post - who is the artist?

elsbeth said...

this is a great idea! especially on those days when you're waiting for the car to be repaired. thanks for the info.

meu nome é Caroline Julie said...

am I the only one who doesn't care to Iphone and all this stuffs?

Yeah, I guess.
Maybe because I'm not American and here we're not so material...

Sarah Thomas said...

@Mike “Ki Gen” Suazo—Haha, continue enjoying the jailbroken iTouch, my friend! I’m sure it has a lot of really cool stuff on it already! ;-)

@Matty—Thanks! I’m gonna need it. It just keeps coming up in classes and such, so I feel it’s about time I buckle down and read it.

About the Moby Dick picture,—a guy named Tom Neely is the artist! Here’s a link to his page! I love this print. I’d really like to buy one, but we’ll see if I’ve got enough money when he gets ‘em back in stock! ;-)

@elsbeth—Oh, absolutely! I can already see this coming in handy for me when waiting on something is necessary!

@meu nome é Caroline Julie—To each his own! Don’t want an iPhone? Don’t buy one! I'm sure you're not the only one not interested in having one. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. :-)

Shawn said...

Hope you enjoy Moby Dick! If you find it a bit to much, try checking out the real story "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex".

Sarah Thomas said...

Thanks! I’ll add that to my list of things I should read. :-)

Sarah Thomas said...

Also, I LOVE your picture. Is that a lab?

June said...

I am so glad you posted this info about the new iPhone app. I updated mine and got it. I am a Bibliomaniac--and now...there is one more way for me to have books:) Happy Reading!

Sarah Thomas said...

Thanks! I’m glad the info helped you out! I actually quite enjoy reading on my iPhone. Doesn’t beat the real deal, but it’s nice for on-the-go! :-)