Thursday, March 8, 2012

Genealogy Gems Premium Podcasts and the iPad

I am a podcast fan...maybe even a fanatic. I have a selection of multiple podcasts that I listen to on my commute to and from work. I'm finding out that I am a very auditory learner and podcasts are a perfect medium for me.

The Genealogy Gems podcast is one of my favorites and I am a Premium member as well. There are several perks of being a premium member, one of them being the show notes are provided to you in a PDF document. Not that big of a deal to you? It may be when you start listening and viewing the show notes from an iPad.

The Premium podcasts are available online for a limited time, because of this I like to download the show notes, so that I have the content and links to review as I have time. By doing so, I have ended up creating my own reference library in iBooks that I can refer to again and again. It's very simple to do and I've provided you with step-by-step screen shots (from my iPad, using the Safari browser and Skitch to annotate the images)

Select the podcast you are interested in.



Click the PDF document link to open it.

Choose to open in iBooks

Select the collection you wish to save the PDF in.


You can create custom collections as I have done.


My Genealogy Gems reference shelf.

As I go through the show notes I delete them to save space on my iPad, unless I find the episode contains too many "gems" and I keep those. I've been trying to force myself to use my iPad more and this is one way that I am. Once you have the PDF in iBooks you can open and read the PDF offline, however, you will need internet access for the links to work.

I received permission from Lisa Louise Cooke to share these Premium member screenshots.