LibriVox

LibriVox

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established = August 2005
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collection_size = 1736 audiobooks
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website = http://librivox.org

LibriVox is a digital library of free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers. The project started in August 2005, and as of 2008-09-14 has a catalog of 1,736 full-length, unabridged books and shorter works. Though the majority of the collection is in English, LibriVox recordings are available in twenty-three languages, including German, French, Spanish and Japanese.

LibriVox is a volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project. LibriVox volunteers record Public Domain books, both in solo projects with only one reader for an entire book (roughly half of the collection), and in collaborative projects with several readers participating. All LibriVox books are released with a public domain dedication. The audio books are available through their Web site, with the audio housed by the Internet Archive, and through other venues, such as iTunes. Their goal is to make all public domain books available, for free, in audio format on the Internet.

The majority of LibriVox source texts come from Project Gutenberg.

LibriVox has become one of the most prolific audiobook publishers in the world, producing 60-70 books a month. About 1,800 volunteers have contributed audio recordings to the project; and a catalog that includes classics, such as Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," "Moby-Dick," "The Bible," Darwin's "Origin of the Species," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason," Marx's "Communist Manifesto," and many other well-known, and lesser-known works.

Examples

*Finnish — [http://librivox.org/helsinkiin-by-juhani-aho/ Aho, Juhani — "Helsinkiin"]
*Japanese — [http://librivox.org/oku-no-hosomichi-by-matsuo-bash%C5%8D/ Bashō, Matsuo — "Oku no Hosomichi"]
*Juvenile — [http://librivox.org/a-little-princess-by-frances-hodgson-burnett/ Burnett, Frances Hodgson — "A Little Princess"]
*Solo — [http://librivox.org/pride-and-prejudice-by-jane-austen-solo-project/ Austen, Jane — "Pride and Prejudice"]
*Collaborative — [http://librivox.org/notes-from-the-underground-by-fyodor-dostoyevsky/ Dostoyevsky — "Notes from the Underground"]
*Collections — [http://librivox.org/newcatalog/visitor_advanced.php Various great writers; poetry, short stories and short works.]
*Children's Literature — [http://librivox.org/childrens-literature/ Various]

References

* [http://ca.intruders.tv/Interview-Hugh-McGuire-the-voice-of-Librivox_a158.html Interview with LibriVox's founder Hugh McGuire] video
* Xeni Tech story from NPR's Day to Day, [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5182721 "Amateur Audio Books Catch Fire on the Web"]

External links

;LibriVox site
* [http://librivox.org/ LibriVox home page]
* [http://librivox.org/about-librivox/ About LibriVox]
* [http://librivox.org/newcatalog/ LibriVox Catalog of Audio Books]

;LibriVox tools
* [http://publicliterature.org/music/librivox.php Embed LibriVox Audio in your Site]

;Project Gutenberg
* [http://www.gutenberg.org/ Project Gutenberg home page]


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