Let’s hear it for Librivox!

I’m on a hunt to find different sites from which I can download audible books. Today I’m writing about a site that I’ve known about for a long time but haven’t used for awhile. When I first learned about it, getting books on it to put on itunes was rather difficult, well that’s changed. Yay!

The site is Librivox found at librivox.org.

So what is Librivox’s mission?

“To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.”

How does it work? Volunteers. This is a great project where people from all over the world can record audio for others to download and listen to.  If you want to be a volunteer you just have to sign up with them, and then they send you the information to get started recording for them. They provide the texts, you provide the voice.

Are the recordings as high quality as professionally made recordings? In general no. There are some readers with better recording equipment and their audio quality is greater. Some volunteers just use the mic that comes with their computer. Some people have a great reading voice, others, not so much. It’s kind of hit and miss.

Some texts will have more than one recording that you can download and listen to. If you find that you don’t like the voice of the one you are listening to, you can go back and look for a different recording of the same text. Please note,  not all the texts have more than one audio recording.

Where do they get the texts? Most of their texts come from Project Gutenberg. (Another great site.)

Can Librivox books be found in itunes without going to their site? Yes, just type in Librivox in the itunes search store and it will bring up several podcasts which are Librivox recordings of books. Each podcast is a different book.

There are also many applications available for download that let you search the Librivox library and listen to audio via the app.

While the audio quality can be so-so at times, I have listened to several books and feel that, over-all, this is a great site for listening to older books. I hope you check them out. Have a great day!