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FAQ and Help Downloading Stories
How do I play an audio story on my computer?
Just press the play button:
How do I download a story to my computer?
Look for the link that says:
Download the audio to your computer (right click, save as)
Right Click the link (on a Mac ctrl-click), and you will see a pop-up box. Select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” and save to your computer.
How do I put your latest stories onto my iPod?
The easiest way to put our latest stories onto your iPod is to subscribe (for free) with iTunes. This link will launch iTunes. iTunes is a free software application made by Apple with versions for both Mac and PC. Once our stories are in your iTunes library, they will sync with your iPod next time you plug your iPod into your computer .
How do I put your stories onto my MP3 Player (it’s not an iPod)?
All MP3 players are a bit different, but with most it’s quite easy. Download and save some stories to your desktop or a folder on your computer. Plug your MP3 player into your computer via the USB. On a PC open up “My Computer”. On a MAC open the finder (the square icon with a face). You should be able to see an external drive represented there. This is your MP3 player. Simply drag our story files onto it. That should transfer them.
Can you email your stories to me every week?
Yes, please subscribe to our email service here. Please use the email address of somebody who is 13 years or older (perhaps mum or dad’s email if you are a kid). You will receive an email asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe. Please remember to confirm.
How do I put other stories (not just your latest) onto my iPod?
Go to one of our archive pages (such as “Original Stories“). You will see that each of our sub-categories has its own RSS feed. The RSS feed allows you to subscribe to our individual categories as podcasts. Copy the URL (web address) of the RSS feed. Open up iTunes.
Click the “Advanced” button at the top of iTunes. Select “Subscribe to Podcast” from the drop-down menu. Paste the URL into the dialogue box. You are now subscribed to that category. You can then select “download all” in your podcasts section of iTunes and you will
download all the stories from that category.
Why don’t you have more stories on your iTunes feed?
There are some technical reasons, but see above…. all our categories have their own feeds.
How do I make iTunes download individual stories from your feed?
If you have subscribed to Storynory, click “Podcasts” in the left menu of iTunes. Look for our icon (or it might show an picture from one of our stories). Click the picture. You will see a list of our stories with options to “Get All” or just to “Get” an individual episode. Click the appropriate button.
I’m tying to download your stories, but it’s not working properly, what’s happening?
We are really sorry, but the internet is a strange place and there are sometimes blocks on the way between our server and your computer. The blockages are usually temporary and clear after an hour or so. If you are at school or work, it could be that a firewall prevents MP3 downloads. All our audio is hosted on the Libsyn network which serves about a billion downloads a year, so it’s not lack of capacity at our end.
Can I use your stories in my school, kindergarten, or hospital?
Although our stories are copyrighted, we do allow you to use them in schools and educational / medical / therapeutic institutions so long as you do not sell them or remove any references we make to storynory.com. You may print the texts and copy the audio so long as it is for use in your own school, nursery, family etc. Wider commercial use is not allowed. If in doubt, you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org and we usually reply swiftly.
Can I rebroadcast, distribute, print as a book, or sell your stories in some way?
Not without our permission. Please get in touch – email@example.com.
Can I link to you or write up my story on my blog?
Yes, please do. You can use our icon for reviews. http://storynory.com/images/bertie-icon.jpg
Why do you allow critical and ungrammatical comments on Storynory?
Children clearly enjoy the interaction with our stories via the comments section. Commenting on Storynory is entirely safe because we do not ask for email addresses or identification. We do moderate the comments before they appear, and we disallow anything offensive, totally non-nonsensical, or in a language we do not understand. But we do allow reasonable criticism because it would be cheating not to. That said, we have the last say. If we think criticism is gratuitous or just mucking around, we don’t let it through. As for grammar, we haven’t got time to change it, and besides we want the comments to be authentic.
What sort of comments do you cut?
Kids are kids, and they post so much stuff that’s not really appropriate, that it’s hard to cover it all, but here’s a flavour. We cut out contact details so as to keep the site safe for kids. We usually delete comments in languages other than English, unless we have time to translate them. We don’t like visitors to start attacking each other’s opinions too strongly (polite disagreement is ok). We cut comments with bad words. Just for the record, critical comments too often use the words “sucks” or “gay” – and those comments get deleted ( those words might be in common use among kids, but we think they are offensive if used in this way). We discourage OMG or “Oh My God” as some people might consider that is calling the name the Almighty in vain. We get a lot of “test” comments where some kid posts one comment saying, “I hate it,” and another saying “I love it” to see what we will do. We cut both comments.
Why didn’t you reply to my comment, Bertie?
There are so many comments, but Bertie tries to reply to as many as possible. Usually, if you really, really insist, you will get a reply. But please don’t pester him too much !
Can I email you, Bertie / Natasha, and will you be my friend?
We prefer kids to use the anonymous comments section. Grown-ups can email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you make money from free stories?
Well it is a bit of a struggle, but we do have Google ads, and we are grateful to AudibleKids for sponsoring us. If you buy an audio book from AudibleKids via the link from our site, it helps keep them happy with us.
Why don’t you charge for stories?
We want our stories to reach as many people as possible.
Can you help us build a site as good as yours?
We have a consultancy, Blog Relations . We can build a great site at a reasonable price, and we can advise on building traffic, but in the end it’s up to you to win-over the audience.
When will Bertie turn back into a Prince?
That day could mark the end of his stories, so not just yet.