Another toy I'm playing with, although it's not so new, is the orbit downloader. I tried recording from bbc archives (not iplayer) previously, and always ended up having to screen record. Orbit however is able to record a much better quality flv from the broadcast then what I would have managed using screen replay. Took me a few tries to first get it to work, but right now, I'm recording an episode of Zoo Quest For A Dragon and it's going smoothly. Will have to convert it latre on, but that should be no problem. In the meantime, I will keep looking into the ebook thing.
It's not like anyone actually cares, but I will probably be posting an update later today, perhaps along with some ebooks for your downloading pleasure ;-)