My adventures in home brewing and other fermentation projects along with other usually related thoughts.
Storing eBooks In Google Play Books
Ok, I admit it. I'm probably way behind the times on this one, but I found it recently and thought it was crazy cool. I read eBooks, you read eBooks, we all read eBooks from time to time. If you're like me you've ended up in a situation where you have a few in the Amazon Kindle app, a few more in Box, a few more in DropBox, and several more scattered to the winds. I've been frustrated by this, and even more so by the fact that generally speaking I live in Google's ecosystem. One of the primary things I've been unable to do, however, is keep all my eBooks in the one location that I want to use them. Well, at some point along the way (when, I've no idea) Google solved that very problem. They enabled uploading of your very own eBooks in to Google Play Books so that you can have your own existing eBook collection treated just like any other eBooks you happen to have purchased through Google Play. It looks like only EPUB and PDF are supported...Of course, it's entirely possible that those just happen to be the only formats I have that are supported...but I've been periodically moving items from my collection that I want to read right up there in to my Google Play Books account. It's fairly easy, just go to Play.Google.Com/Books, select My Books, and over there by that little gear icon click Upload Files. It works basically the same from the Android app. Now, if only they'd do something like that for Google Play Movies I might be able to get rid of Plex...
Equilibrium ArmageddonSo, here I am, minding my own business and getting ready to do a little kitchen cleaning. I pop open Google Play Music, and I'm informed that Equilibrium has a new album. If you know them, you know them. Technical, oddly upbeat German folk death metal. So far, the album is pretty damn good. I'll have to give it a few more rounds, though, to really get a feel for what's going on here. Check it out.
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Finally - Audiobooks on Google Play
I've bought into the Google ecosystem. I'm all in, paying for the family plan to get Play Music All Access, YouTube Red (I admit I'd never pay for this on it's own, but whatever), Google Homes, Pixelbook, I'm all in. One major feature that has been missing for me is Audiobooks. Google Play Music is not an acceptable alternative. Yes, it will store your track position...Only on one computer, and only until you listen to another track or playlist. It won't differentiate between books and music, so if you've got a shuffle of your collection going on you might go from Iron Maiden's Powerslave right into chapter 18 of Stephen King's The Stand. So imagine my excitement when I start seeing the headlines: Audiobooks coming to Google Play! Finally, the day arrived, and I got to check it out. I went out, used some Google Play credits, and bought me a book. Since then, I haven't seen all that much in the media about it.…
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Keeping things alive on the blog with some things, until I get back around to actually writing my backlog of posts. Enjoy :)