A Fresh, New Look for Pulse on Tech-Digital Reader News Plus iPod Touch Talk

With the promise of spring just around the corner, I have decided to give the site a bit of a spring cleaning. I was not that fond of the old theme so had a look around and with a friend's help, found this.
I think it's easier on the eyes as well as fresh and clean. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Now, onto something else.
I recently purchased a iPod Touch. It was a second-hand device that I could not resist buying due to the low price. It's a generation 1 model but yesterday I upgraded it to the 3.1.3 version so now it is much more capable and running the same version as the latest generations of iPhones and iPod Touch devices. The upgrade cost just over $5 so it was well worth it. Now I can choose from thousands of free applications such as a currency and metric converter and the local TV guide for free.

The reason I bought the iPod Touch was that I had become intrigued when I read that many people who are thinking of buying ebook readers already are reading books on their iPod Touch devices as well as on their iPhones . I had visited a book forum a few weeks ago wherein a woman was singing the praises of the reading ability her iPod gave her and how she loved reading from it on her daily commute to work.

You see, you can download (for free) an application called Stanza which allows you to read books on the 3 inch LCD screen. Now, I must admit, I also became very interested in the Touch for other reasons as well. It is a pocket sized computer that browses the web for free using a WiFi connection. I liked the idea of having the web in my pocket whenever I wished to go online and liked too the many applications the little gadget offered. I have had it for about ten days so far and am loving it! Web pages load in mere seconds and the browsing experience is really very impressive.

I took the Stanza download late last night and then briefly looked through the vast selection of free books available and chose a classic just to see how it loaded and read. Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' took about 3 seconds to download completely on the iPod Touch and the text is as clear as a bell! I found that I can easily adjust the text size by 'pinching' the screen with my fingers if I wished and by simply turning the device, I can view the pages in landscape mode. To turn a page, you simply swipe your finger across the screen and the corners of the 'pages' are shown as you flip to the next page. The page turns themselves are blazing fast too-I was really quite surprised and delighted at the same time.

I have included a photo here that I snapped of a page view from the Oscar Wilde book. The iPod Touch certainly can handle books and now I understand why some people are thrilled with this feature. Of course the LCD screen is small, but the device does indeed serve as an ebook reader! Pretty neat!

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