A User’s Manual
These stories are released under a Creative Commons license. They’re free. Copy the files as much as you want, pass ’em around. All I ask is that you don’t alter the file or sell it. To download—right click “download” and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” depending on your browser. To preview a story just click “stream.” The audio versions of the tales from Onetinleg.com will be appearing here as studio time allows. Hint: you can stay ahead of the curve by clicking the symbol to initiate a podcast.
Plan B: Copy any of the URLs below into your preferred podcasting software (e.g. Feedreader, iTunes, iPodder). You will automatically receive fresh onetinleg.com podcasts each time they’re published.
A podcast downloads audio files to your MP3 player through your computer. You use a free application to “subscribe” to onetinleg.com’s feed, the application checks the site regularly and starts a download whenever it finds something new. If you like what you hear, tell your friends. I’m glad to have you as a listener. Enjoy!
While navigating these tales you may notice some (all of them thus far, depending on your feedreader and RSS source) tagged as explicit. No outside agency is responsible for this. I did it myself. The free-living citizens of these yarns exercise robust self-expression and have been known spout expletives drop of a, well... at the drop-of-a... Tsk, tsk.
handle the display and accessibility issues with reasonable success. Some have glitches, some have different glitches. They’re usually free, so who’s to complain? Adobe Digital Editions will do ePub quite nicely, and there’s a Firefox widget that turns your browser into a book. The PDFs and .mobi (Mobipocket, likewise free) boast many free applications and even Amazon offers a free desktop Kindle reader. Kindle—both on your desktop and on the Amazon device—wants to see your download as a .prc, the Kindle-friendly, non-DRM alternative. Be prepared to drag and drop. My Kindle-friendly books are (click a link to initiate a download): Lost in Willipaq, Platterland and The Quliter Who Went to Hell.
The file extension .m4b defines a specific type of audiobook in the same way .mp3 defines a specific type of audio file. An m4b audiobook is very similar to an audio album made of .mp3 files. The biggest difference is that the m4b will bookmark or remember your place in a file when you stop. There is also a drop-down list of chapters—you can pick up at a convenient point. These are zip files; you will have to unzip the files after the download completes.
For now, m4b audiobooks are not Kindle-friendly. Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader will only play audiobooks in the .mobi and .prc file formats, particularly those made with the proprietary DRM software at (Amazon-owned) audible.com. A short list of applications that will play your .m4b audiobooks while maintaining the chapters navigation feature: iTunes, Apple QuickTime, VideoLan VLC media player, and others.
Don’t have an iPhone or an iPod? Listen to .m4b files on your PC with free software like iTunes or VLC media player. These audiobook downloads are released under a Creative Commons license. They’re free.