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LibriVox completes its 9000th project

Posted on August 19, 2015 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, News, Uncategorized | Comments: 1 Comment

Today, hot on the heels of our 10th anniversary, LibriVox reached another milestone: the release of our 9000th project.

And the lucky project is…

Michael Armenta’s solo recording of The Origin Of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin.

Michael chose to record the 6th and last edition, often considered the definitive edition, of this seminal scientific work.

Of the 9000 works now available at LibriVox, 1233 are in a language other than English, and 5037 were recorded by a soloist. We currently have over 600 projects in progress.

Now onward to 10,000, and we hope to announce that achievement within the next twelve months.

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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 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.

Ruth

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LibriVox hits 6000!

Posted on October 3, 2012 by | Posted in about LibriVox, For Volunteers, News, Uncategorized | Comments: 8 Comments

Yesterday LibriVox welcomed the 6000th project to its catalogue. It’s The Princess Aline by Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916), read by Carolin Kaiser. You can find it on its catalogue page.

This is less than a year since we announced the 5000th project.

We continue to complete about 3 projects every day – about 44% of these (2671) are solo recordings. About 14% (864) are projects in languages other than English.

Over 5000 readers have completed at least one section, 272 readers have each completed over 100 sections, and 17 readers have each completed more than 1000 sections.

Viva LibriVox! Onward and upward to the next 1000! :D

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iPhone Apps for LibriVox

Posted on November 9, 2011 by | Posted in News, on the web, Uncategorized | Comments: 15 Comments

LibriVox itself doesn’t produce any apps for the iphone, but we have an open catalog platform and all our books are free, so many others have built iPhone and Android apps for LibriVox.

Below you’ll find a collection of some of the iphone apps running off the LibriVox catalog (if you know of other good ones, please let us know). UPDATE: you can of course just download our audiobooks as you usually do, make sure they are in iTunes, and sync your iPhone – you don’t need an app to listen on your phone.

We’ll do a roundup of Android apps next week.

IPHONE/IPAD APPS RUNNING OFF OF LIBRIVOX CATALOG

LibriVox Selections

Producer: Iambik Audio Inc.

The LibriVox Selections app has now been discontinued. As LibriVox and Iambik founder Hugh McGuire explained, “We’ve decided to keep our attention focused on producing great new audiobooks in partnership with publishers, and the LibriVox app didn’t fit in with our focus. There are some very good audiobook apps out there already giving access to the LibriVox catalog, and we’d prefer to let app developers continue their good work, while we spend our time making more great audiobooks.

Audiobooks (Free)

Description: Join the more than 2,200,000 people who have used Audiobooks to listen to over 3,535 classic audiobooks for FREE. In addition to all our free content, we also include a growing collection of premium audiobookd for your enjoyment.

Producer: Cross Forward Consulting, LLC

NOTES: Cross Forward Consulting contributed to the LibriVox funding drive in February 2010.

iTunes Download Link

Audiobooks Premium ($0.99)

Description: Join the more than 2,200,000 people who have used Audiobooks to listen to over 3,535 classic audiobooks for FREE. In addition to all our free content, we also include a growing collection of premium audiobooks for your enjoyment.

Producer: Cross Forward Consulting, LLC

NOTES: Not sure the difference between the paid and free versions. Cross Forward Consulting contributed to the LibriVox funding drive in February 2010.

iTunes Download Link

Free Audiobooks – 4,728 classic audiobooks for less than a cup of coffee ($1.99)

Description: Ah to describe an app in two words… Free Audiobooks is just that- Free Audiobooks! We’ve crafted handpicked collections to make browsing a snap, and commissioned hundreds of custom covers to bring you Cover Mode. This is the world of public domain audiobooks like never before.

NOTES: none.

Producer: Spreadsong, Inc.

iTunes Download Link

Audiobooks – 2,947 classics for free (Free)

Description: Audiobooks by Classicly gives you 2,947 classic audiobooks, for free. No ifs and buts about it- we package up 2,947 audiobooks and make them available to download and listen to anytime, anywhere. No nickel and diming, no extra fees- you get the entire collection for less than a cup of coffee.

Producer: Spreadsong, Inc.

NOTES: None.

iTunes Download Link

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