LibriVox

I was recently introduced to LibriVox. This project has been producing audio recordings of books in the public domain through volunteer support since 2005. You can read more here. All of the recordings are posted in the public domain and are free to use. Much of the content for LibrVox comes from the Project Gutenberg.

According to the website, "LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books." This may serve as a great source of content for pleasure reading and for literature courses. There are a few options for listening to content on LibriVox. You can download a book or section of a book directly to your computer amd listen with your favorite media player (files are mp3 format. You can also subscribe to a podcast that will deliver a reading to you three times a week. If you use iTunes you can download the recordings directly and then sync them with your iPod/iPhone.

The catalog offers a powerful search function. You can search by title, author and status (complete, in progress, open, fully subscribed, proof listening). There is an advanced search with more options allowing you to set other criteria including language and genre. You can also browse the entire catalog. This view is somewhat cumbersome as there are many books which are listed alphabetically. That being said, this is an extensive list/source of free audio books. I for one will be exploring this library for some classics that I have not yet read.


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