Listened to a good book lately?

OneClickDigitalWe’ve talked a lot about our 3M Cloud Library eBook collection lately, but we haven’t forgotten about the eBooks digital cousin: downloadable audio books. With our OneClick Digital service, you can download audio books to your home computer with the OCD Media Manager to listen on your PC or to transfer to your MP3 player. You can also listen on the go by downloading the OneClick digital app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play for Android devices.

Our OneClick Digital collection from RecordedBooks is constantly growing with new titles added regularly. Below we’ve shared a few hidden gems in our collection:

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Be sure to check out our previous posts for additional titles and tips on using the OneClick Digital platform:

If you have any issues along the way with downloading an audiobook or installing the media manager, check out OneClick Digital’s Support site for step-by-step instructions, video tutorials, and more.

New Mystery & Suspense eAudiobook Titles!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our “June is Audiobook Month” coverage. If you’ve missed any of our posts, check out our blog for eAudio titles in Sci-Fi, Children’s, and more. This last post is for the Mystery & Suspense fans!

If you’re a Stephen King fan, try Gillian Flynn’s novels Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Her novels are dark, haunting thrillers perfect for those times when you’re looking for something that isn’t quite horror, but still creepy.

Are you a Stuart Woods fan? We have titles from both his Stone Barrington and Ed Eagle series:

Or you could always travel back in time to the 1950s and solve crimes with Flavia de Luce:

We also have titles available by Dean Koontz, Jo Nesbo, and John Grisham. To find out how to find more by your favorite author or to suggest a title, review our past posts.

Don’t have a way to listen to our eAudiobooks? That’s OK, there are more ways to listen:

  • Search the catalog to see what titles are available from your favorite authors on audiobook. Simply do a keyword search for an author’s name. Make sure you LIMIT BY “Audio Book” and SEARCH BY “Author”.
  • If you don’t want the hassle of handling all those discs, try a Playaway – a small device loaded with the entire book! You can find only Playaways by doing a keyword search for “Playaway” and SEARCH BY “Author”.

If you’re ever struggling to find a book to read, remember to check out our great Readers’ Advisory resources.

Happy Listening!

Retelling Fairy Tales: Cinderella

Aschenputtel. Cenerentola. Cendrillon. Cinder Maid. Yeh-Shen. Tam. She’s known by many names in many cultures and she’s the star of one of the most popular fairy tales: Cinderella. The tale of a girl rising from the ashes is still popular in literature today (and on the big & small screens) with many Cinder-girl remixes published over the years. We’ve got descriptions of some of our favorites below and more titles on our Fairy Tales board on Pinterest. And remember, fairy tales make children more intelligent! Albert Einstein said so. 😉

Twisted Cinderella Tales:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A cyborg Cinderella featuring all the basics: a ball, a “slipper”, an evil stepmother/caretaker, step sisters, a prince, non-human friends, and a “godmother”. Of course, the bonus is that there’s also an evil Queen! Cinder is the first book in a four-part series called the Lunar Chronicles. Rumor has it the other books will be based on fairy tales, too. (Cinder is also available for your listening pleasure in our downloadable audiobooks collection.)

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child’s feet so that she alone might marry well.

Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Tells the story of Kendra, a witch (we first met her in Beastly), and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the Titanic disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom–and she’ll have to obey? Ella’s quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant. (Ella Enchanted is also available via OneClickDigital.)

Ash by Malinda Lo
In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves.

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More fairy tale fun:

Are we missing your favorite retelling of Cinderella? Tell us in the comments!

New eAudiobook Titles: Humor

Looking for a few laughs on your next road trip? Need a giggle for your commute home after a rough day? We’ve got a fun selection of downloadable audiobooks just for you!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling — The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor gives us insights into her childhood and her experiences as a writer and producer in Hollywood.

You’re Not Doing it Right by Michael Ian Black — The popular comedian’s debut memoir about his childhood, being a father, and his career.

My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler – Find out where it all began, listen to Handler’s first collection of life-stories.

Looking for a little snark with your humor? Listen to Jen Lancaster’s first three books, each narrated perfectly by Jamie Heinlein.

More funny here:

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can download the app. With the app you can browse our collection, check out items, and listen on the go.

If you have any problems with the app, review the help page or let the OneClickDigital technical staff know by filling out the Support Form.

New Children’s eAudioBooks!

If you’re looking for books for younger listeners, good news! We’ve added a variety of titles just for you to our downloadable audiobook collection!

Fans of Never Land tales? Try Gail Carson Levine’s Fairies series:

Want a giggle while you listen? Try Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine books:

Are you a fan of legal thrillers? Try John Grisham’s series about a legal whiz kid:

Looking for a fantasy adventure series filled with magic & monsters? Try The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott:

If you have a title you’d like to suggest, click on “My Collections”, then “Recommend Title” and enter the information for the title you’d like to see added to the collection. (Unfortunately, not all titles are available for purchase.)

No way to listen to our downloadable audiobooks? Check the PCLD catalog for Audiobooks on CD, we have thousands of titles available for listeners of any age!

New Romance eAudioBook Titles!

June is Audiobook Month and to celebrate we’ve added new titles to our downloadable audiobook collection!

Heard a lot about the Fifty Shades series, but would rather listen than read? We’ve got you covered! We’ve just added the series to our collection:

Additional formats: Paperback

Are you a fan of Mystery AND Romance? Try the In Death series by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). The series follows Lt Eve Dallas as she investigates a variety of crimes in a futuristic New York City.

Want more Romance? Try…

Want to find more by a particular author or in a series while using OneClickDigital? When you’re on the page for a specific title, simply click on “Find more by Author” or “Find more by Series”. While we don’t have multiple titles for every author in our eAudiobook, you might be surprised just how many Stephen King or Danielle Steel titles we have!

Keep checking back each week in June to discover titles added to the collection and search tips for using the PCLD catalog & OneClickDigital.

New Non-Fiction eAudioBook Titles!

Nonfiction gets a bad reputation. Many assume non-fiction is full of boring, dry facts, but not all nonfiction is as dull as the dictionary! We have some great non-fiction titles in our downloadable audio book collection that are fascinating listens.

Take a look at the titles below — each a mix of psychology, business, & advice — and see if anything strikes your fancy!

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
A fascinating look at the habits we have and how we can create new habits or break old ones. Duhigg includes anecdotes about successful habit  breakers, changers, & keepers (including Michael Phelps), plus Duhigg’s website includes excerpts, infographics, and tales of habits in government, business, and life.

Additional formats: Hardcover | Audio Book CD

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations. A great listen for educators and parents. Cain’s website also includes great bonus content like an introvert/extrovert quiz and links to her TEDTalk.

Additional formats: Hardcover | Audio Book CD

Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom
Lindstrom presents the startling findings from his three-year, seven-million-dollar neuromarketing study, a cutting-edge experiment that peered inside the brains of 2,000 volunteers from all around the world as they encountered various ads, logos, commercials, brands, and products. Sound interesting? You might also like Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill.

Additional formats: Hardcover | Audio Book CD

Want more interesting & informative non-fiction listens? Try these:

New SciFi & Fantasy eAudioBook Titles!

We’ve added some great new titles to our downloadable audio book collection. In addition to already popular titles like The Hunger Games and The Help, we’ve added even more bestselling titles for your listening pleasure. Below are a few of the Sci-Fi & Fantasy titles we’ve added!

11/22/63 by Stephen King – On November 22, 1963, three shots changed the world. What if it never happened? Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane, and insanely impossible, mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. Also listen to King classics: Misery and The Stand.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin – The fifth installment of Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Haven’t listened to the first four books? We’ve got those available, too!

1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. A Storm of Swords
4. A Feast for Crows

Wither & Fever by Lauren DeStefano – The first two books in the Chemical Garden trilogy. Listen to the tale of Rhine – a 16-year-old girl forced into marriage in an effort to keep the population growing. A great listen for fans of The Hunger Games and Delirium.

Starters by Lissa Price – To support herself and her younger brother in a future Beverly Hills, sixteen-year-old Callie hires her body out to seniors who want to experience being young again, and she lives a fairy-tale life until she learns that her body will commit murder, unless her mind can stop it. (Another good one for fans of The Hunger Games!)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Are you an Elizabeth Moon fan? Give RPO a listen! It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS–a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be… (And the audiobook is read by Wil Wheaton!)

Don’t forget you can browse the collection by genre, just use the drop-down menu to glance through Romance, Suspense, and History titles.

Listened to a good book lately?

Audio books are a great way to pass the time on road trips, morning walks, house cleaning, and long commutes. We have a great collection of audio books available on CD and Playaway, plus we have downloadable audio books for your iPods and MP3 players (there’s even an app for iOS)!

Here are just a few of the titles available for your listening pleasure: