transcodeand a little research on Google and I'll have it.
In the meanwhile, I figured it'd be quick and easy to put some eBooks on the iPod. Sure enough, when I look on my iPod in the "Extras" menu, I see a "Notes" section, with the following text:
To view text files here, enable iPod for disk use, then drag text files to the Notes folder on iPod. See the iPod Features Guide or go to www.apple.com/support/ipod for more information.
Connecting my iPod to my PC, I activated "Enable disk use" for the device. It then appeared in my explorer as E: drive, with a "Notes" folder under the root. Doing some research, I learned that the iPod will allow up to 1000 files, each with up to 4012 characters. That's a fair bit of text, though I would have expected more, given the disk space on the gadget. But then, I guess Apple is all about multimedia these days (sound and video, not text).
Given that the Gutenberg Project has lots of great books, there's lots of free content to choose from. So, I wrote up a simple Perl script to hack up a large text file into smaller pieces so it could fit into the iPod's inane requirements.
Here's what I came up with.
Running the script on Huck Finn from the Gutenberg Project looks like this:
The result is 172 text files, all less than 4012 characters long (avg 3400). A nice fit on the iPod.