A week or two ago I was right on the edge of heading to the closest Sony store to purchase a Sony ebook reader. I love having books with me when I’m out and about. I never know when I’m going to have some downtime where I could open a book and get some reading time in. I have an MP3 player and was able to listen to audiobooks but I really like reading.

I mentioned this to my young sister, Lynn, who responded by telling me she really really wanted an iPod touch. I have in the past glanced at iPods but since I’m not a big listener of music, especially modern music I had not really looked very seriously at them. Sis explained to me that with the iPod touch I could run lots of applications, listen to podcasts and even read ebooks.

OK, she caught my attention so I went off to do some research on these iPod Touch. Didn’t take me long to come around to her way of thinking. Not only did the iPod Touch do WAY more than the Sony eReader, it was about $20 cheaper. The decision was a no contest, I was heading to the nearest Staples to pick mine up.

Interestingly enough, I had been introduced to iTunes and podcasts not long before this decision. A Twitter friend had directed me to a podcast and I’d downloaded the software in order to listen to it. I’m not big on listening to audio files on my computer, but I do spend some time driving and will listen to them then.

So, now I had this iPod, I could transfer podcasts to it and listen to them in the truck. So, I went exploring what was available. I was astounded at the wide ranging variety of podcasts available…. WOW!, kid in a candy store time.

I’ve subscribed to about four dozen podcasts, some of which I’ve downloaded past episodes of. The other day I was out doing some rare browsing around a store and discovered a clock radio that I could attach the iPod to and listen to podcasts as I’m doing things around the house. Now that I like. Instead of just listening to what pops up on the radio, I can listen to what I select to hear. Sale made!

One of the podcasts I subscribed to is CBC’s Between the Covers which presents readings from contemporary books. I discovered they had available the reading of “Book of Negroes” which had won Canada Reads this year. I downloaded the 30 episodes and listened to it this past week, an awesome book!

In the Religion and Spirituality section I have discovered several podcasts I’m enjoying like “Catalyst”, which talks to various leaders and a daily devotional by Max Lucado. I’m currently reading Lucado’s latest book “Fearless” (released today) and really finding it fascinating reading.

I’d tell you more but hey, I have things to listen to.

So, what podcasts are your favourites? I will satisfy the weary,     and all who are faint I will replenish.I will satisfy the weary,     and all who are faint I will replenish.I will satisfy the weary,     and all who are faint I will replenish.I will satisfy the weary,     and all who are faint I will replenish.