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LibriVox 10th Anniversary Podcast No. 140

Posted on August 10, 2015 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, in the press, Librivox Community Podcast, News, Podcast | Comments: 5 Comments on LibriVox 10th Anniversary Podcast No. 140

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #140 celebrating LibriVox’s tenth birthday,  hosted by Ruth Golding (RuthieG).

Duration: 25:57

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Featuring SonoftheExiles, chocoholic, commonsparrow3, Peter Why, commonsparrow3, hugh, mhhbook, smike, GregGiordano and a host of others.

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00:00 Song: Ten years, ten years and still going strong!
03:22 Introduction
03:37 SonoftheExiles offers advice from Bachelor 1, a truly amazing reader!
05:04 So you think recording is straightforward…
06:33 Laurie Anne (chocoholic): the tribulations of recording with dogs and children around.
07:48 Freudian slips.
08:53 Peter Yearsley (Peter Why) takes us through his (nearly) 10 years with LibriVox.
10:13 A tweet and blog post from a listener.
12:17 Maria Kasper (commonsparrow3) tells us of the liberation of her voice.
14:31 Message from Hugh McGuire (hugh).
16:50 Mary from Arkansas (mhhbook) tells us of 10 favourite listens.
18:58 Claudia Salto (smike) sings her celebrations!
20:57 Greg Giordano (GregGiordano) tells us how he discovered LibriVox, and the benefits it has brought to him.
22:00 Mary in Arkansas (mhhbook) on how YOU can help LibriVox, even if you don’t have time to record.
23:26 Reprise of the Boomdeyada song.

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We are interested in whatever feedback – positive or constructively critical – anyone has about our podcasts. Add a comment below or pop over to this forum thread. Any member of the community who has contributed readings to the LibriVox catalog can host a podcast and is most welcome to do so. Visit this thread on the forum to express an interest and float your ideas.

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To Subscribe to the Librivox Community Podcast, go to: Or hit this itunes link to get you to the subscribe page:

Recent past LibriVox Community Podcast files can be found at our spot on: and archived shows for previous years can be found at: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Archived shownotes for the Community Podcast can be found at: And the rss feed for those shownotes is:



LibriVox chosen for 2014 Nominet Trust 100

Posted on December 4, 2014 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, in the press, News, on the web | Comments: 4 Comments on LibriVox chosen for 2014 Nominet Trust 100

Changing the World through Tech:

LibriVox celebrated in this year’s Nominet Trust 100

LibriVox is proud to have been included in the annual Nominet Trust 100 (NT100) list of inspiring digital social innovations highlighting the impact of the global ‘tech for good’ market and the transformative power of technology to drive social change around the world.

London, UK, 4 December 2014:

Today, Nominet Trust proudly announced that LibriVox has been named among the 2014 Nominet Trust 100 (NT100) – a global list of 100 inspiring ventures from around the world.

Projects featured on the list are using technology to tackle some of the world’s biggest social problems from education and human rights abuses to climate change and health.

Following a global call for nominations earlier this year LibriVox has been selected by an independent steering committee in recognition of its use of digital technology to contribute to worldwide access to knowledge and community engagement.

This year, LibriVox  is rubbing shoulders with organisations from established tech markets in the US and Europe, such as Freecycle, Random Hacks of Kindness and Google’s self-driving car, alongside initiatives from emerging economies, including eCompliance, a revolutionary use of fingertip-readers to record tuberculosis treatment in India; philanthropic food-photo sharing app Feedie from South Africa and HarassMap, an anonymous crowd-mapping platform for sexual harassment in Egypt.

Annika Small, CEO of Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech for good funder, said:

“There is a striking progression in the quality and maturity of this year’s NT100, indicative of a wider evolution in the ‘tech for social good’ sector as a whole. More people than ever before are using technology to solve problems that matter to them in bold new ways. This year’s NT100 list is populated by extraordinary people with inspirational stories to tell and it shows us that imagination, social conscience and technology make a potent mix to effect change.”

The final list was compiled by an illustrious steering group chaired by Annika Small and including General Partner of Google Ventures, Tom Hulme; angel investor and entrepreneur, Sherry Coutu; Chief Executive of Big Lottery Fund, Dawn Austwick; CEO of Big Society Capital, Nick O’Donohue; Director of Wayra Europe, Simon Devonshire; innovation expert, Charles Leadbeater; internet entrepreneur, Dickie Armour; Senior Fellow at the Stanford University Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Lucy Bernholz; and Deputy Editor of The FT Weekend Magazine, Alice Fishburn.

To see the full list of NT100 projects, please visit the Social Tech Guide, a dynamic, growing online resource to help inspire social enterprises, or follow the action @socialtechguide / #2014NT100.


A Misunderstanding in the New York Times

Posted on March 14, 2013 by | Posted in about LibriVox, For Volunteers, in the press, News, on the web, Uncategorized | Comments: 4 Comments on A Misunderstanding in the New York Times

On March 12th (online) and March 13th (printed edition), we were delighted to see our friend John Greenman figure in an article in the New York Times “Older adults start new chapters in their work lives”. It is great to see a picture of him with his recording set-up.

However, the article failed to state that he makes NO MONEY from his recordings at LibriVox, where every recording is made by volunteers completely without payment.

We have asked the New York Times to amend the online version of the article, to correct this misapprehension. (EDITED TO ADD: They have now done so – thanks NYT.)

This confusion, which has caused John considerable dismay, has arisen because he now also makes paid recordings for Iambik Audiobooks. You can find John’s commercial Iambik recordings here.

John has been a LibriVox volunteer reader for over seven years, and has dedicated himself to recording for LibriVox just about everything Mark Twain ever wrote. You can find all his free LibriVox recordings on his catalogue page here.

So, just to clarify: all LibriVox narrators, proof-listeners and administrators are completely unpaid volunteers, and make audiobooks just for the love of books and the public domain. There are now 6469 available for free download, and new recordings are being released at a rate of about 3 a day. Most recordings are in English, but we also have hundreds of recordings in other languages.

All volunteers are made most welcome at our friendly and helpful forum, so if you would like to join us, please register on our forum, and discover the joy of recording audiobooks.

If you would like to listen to some of our recordings, our catalogue can be searched by author, book title, genre, language or reader here.



RIP Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg

Posted on September 7, 2011 by | Posted in in the press, News | Comments: 26 Comments on RIP Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg

Very sad news: Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg (where most LibriVox texts come from), and the inventor of the ebook died this week.

Thank you for all you did, Michael.

Here is his obituary.


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