eSpotlight - Travel with eAudiobooks

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eAudiobooks for All

Looking for a good audiobook to listen to while traveling? Why not try an eAudiobook? They're portable and you can store multiple titles on your mobile or tablet device. They are perfect for trips and will reduce the amount of items you have to bring with you. Plus there are no late fees for electronic materials and you're able to download the titles for use offline (so no need to have internet access while listening). We have three different services where you can find a variety of eAudiobook titles:


  • On OverDrive, you can checkout up to ten items at a time for three weeks. Items may have waitlists as there are limited copies for each and you can renew an item as long as no one else has requested it. OverDrive has many popular adult, teen, children's titles in both fiction and nonfiction.
  • Hoopla allows you up to six checkouts per month and checkouts last for three weeks, Items are always available and have no waitlists. The titles available here include a large variety of popular fiction and nonfiction.
  • Like OverDrive, RBdigital allows you to checkout up to ten items at a time for three weeks and the items may have waitlists.

For the Family

    eAudiobooks are a great way to keep your family occupied during long road trips and we have loads of fun titles and classics.

      The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanHarry Potter series by J.K. RowlingHow to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida CowellMatilda by Roald DahlA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

      Not Just for Teens

      Some of my favorite eAudiobooks are categorized as Young Adult, but they are enjoyable for all ages.

      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianEtiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerFangirl by Rainbow RowellSalt of the Sea by Ruth SepetysThe Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

      Nonfiction & Memoirs

      There are some excellent nonfiction titles that are available to listen to as eAudiobooks, whether memoirs, history, or science.

      Me Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandWhat If? by Randall MunroeWhy Not Me? by Mindy KalingYes Please by Amy Poehler

      Fantasy & Science Fiction

      My favorite genres include fantasy and science fiction and there are plenty of amazing eAudiobooks that fall into these categories.

      Dark Matter by Blake CrouchIlluminae series by Amie Kaufman & Jay KristoffThe Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil GaimanRed Rising series by Pierce Brown

      Help Wanted?

      If you're new to eAudiobooks and need help downloading these, be sure to visit our excellent Help section on the eBooks & eMedia page of for instructions on downloading from a variety of devices or find links to the help areas for each eAudiobook services. Or if you prefer in-person help, several San José Public Library branches offer eBook Help where you can bring in your device and receive help in downloading eBooks & eMedia.

      You can find these eResources and more on our eBooks & eMedia page and our eLearning page.

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