My local maker space has equipment and instructions for “etching” pictures into many foods with lasers. The laser cutters can be adjusted to a low enough power level where they can put words and pictures on chocolate. It wouldn’t be too much work to figure out the settings for printing pictures on processed American cheese-like almost food slices. Just as M&Ms need different settings than Hershey Bars, expect to need unique settings for each variation of fake cheese.
If you want full color, you can go to the local bakery. They have an ink jet printer for putting color pictures on cakes. Adding a thin layer of artificially colored sugar on to cheese “food” wouldn’t make it any less food-like.
For someone more frugal, I’d recommend getting a library card and connect that to Hoopla. You can lend thousands of audio books freely (with the taxes you are already paying)!
Or just use your money however you want, I ain’t your mother.
jeezzzz meh … kids books!!! REALLY Can ya find a way to give them at a reasonable price ya profit hoarders!! If I could, I would make them FREE… Sorry,… I am from Redding CAL and STRESSED to say the least…So much destruction not to mention the little ones getting burned alive… BY FIRENADOES and bad coordination ect. It has really been a crazy week!
One thing that can be an issue with books in the public domain is that for books not written in English the translation will also be old. Older translations can be a drag to read. It looks as though the bulk of the Classics are books that were originally written in English. That’s a plus.
Nic here from the e-GO! Library. Good to be ack on Meh again. Did a couple sale last year which seemed to go well so here I am again to proactively answer a few of the most common questions we get and also to let you know that if you need anything or have any other questions to just drop me a line here or via our helpdesk at www.egolibrary.com
1] DEEP DISCOUNT
The reason Meh is offering such a discount is that the first time we sold them on Meh, the USB drives offered our OLD packaging. These actually come in our new packs, with bonus Apple and Android apps, but as the good people at Meh, set us on a price last time, we had to honor it again.
These are all in MP3. If any techies out thee prefer the M4B format, shoot us an email via eGoLibrary.com after your purchase and we’ll send you a download link to the M4B format.
The books vary greatly in length. On the 550 model, some are multi-day epics like the Count of Monte Cristo, while some are very short. Overall there is roughly 2,000 hours of listening so there’s plenty for a long, long time.
The USB is USB 2.0 (kinda lame I know) but hopefully you’re not buying this for the speed of the USB drive itself.
All books are Classics. And while some of these titles can be found on sites like Librivox, the quality tends to be worlds apart. Librivox recording are often done by volunteers (it can be anyone…you, me, anyone) with any device (so usually their phones for example). Furthermore, often Librivox books are pieced together from many separate volunteer recordings. All our AudioBooks were recorded by our team in studios using professional actors (narrators) for high quality sound (samples above). I am by no means trying to knock Librivox- it is an amazing site and I too love it, but there are substantial differences here. So for a few pennies per book, many think it’s worth it.
5] IPAD/IPHONE, ANDROID
The USB drives are dual-ended with a regular USB end plus a Micro-USB end. The Micro-USB fits well in most Android devices so books can be enjoyed directly that way. If you have an iPhone or iPad you typically would first need to transfer the books to your computer then sync to your device. However, we recently launched BONUS APPLE & ANDROID APPs – on the back of the package you’ll get there will be a unique code that will allow you unlock your APPs. With the APPs these AudioBooks are extremely easy to enjoy on any Apple and/or Android device.
I think that’s about it for now. Off to get my beauty sleep, but I’ll be back in the morning to help answer any questions.
@RiotDemon well there goes your commission check…nice one. Teasing; you’re right. The 550 does include the kids titles…but if you’re looking for a gift for the kids, beware the 550 as noted in another ‘exciting’ thread.
I will say these audio books are well-produced, with excellent readers. I listened to all 12 hours of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”… Very well read. I do feel sorry for the reader, as he was listing the thousands of sea creatures and the descriptions of their colors, etc.
Bought these last time. Good quality. The one caveat is that each book is one long audio file. Depending on what you’re playing them with, it can be a problem to get back to the right spot after taking a break from it.
That said, you can use Audacity to break them apart on silences, which tends to break them on chapter breaks.
An Amazon reviewer pointed out that many (all?) of these audiobooks are available gratis from LibriVox. So, the question becomes whether or not the USB stick itself, downloading time, and philosophical qualms are worth $22-$28?
FWIW, the 550 audiobook collection includes all 125 of the kids classic audiobooks. The 550 doesn’t include the kids eBooks.
@craigthom@mwarren Yeah, some readers on Librivox are really good. The late Gregg Margarite was a personal favorite. Phil Chenevert is also very good. Some readers use it to practice English.
I’m a regular Librivox user, but I still ordered this. There’s a lot of good Robert E. Howard recordings on Librivox that this collection doesn’t have, but I’m paying a trivial amount for more consistent recordings that will hopefully be more palatable for the rest of my family on road trips.
@craigthom Yeah, he’s on a lot of the short SF collections. Those are fun. I’ve probably listened to the first twelve or so, and there have been at least three different versions of “2BR02B.”
I’m pretty sure Gregg Margarite was one of those three recordings, but it was too long ago for me to remember.
Unfortunately, this eGo collection seems a bit light on sci-fi, and doesn’t have any Robert E. Howard.
I will say, there are a lot of good readings of Robert E. Howard’s work on Librivox.
@mwarren Some of the titles (since they are Classics) can be found on Librivox, but these are not Librivox recordings. These are proprietary recordings we had create using professional narrators in sound studios. I think Librivox is a great resources, but for a few pennies per book, many find these highly worth it.