meep (meep) wrote,

12 Days of Learning: Day 9 - Free Audiobooks for All!

From Librivox

In yesterday's post, I looked at Learning Ally, which focused on providing audiobooks for those who have trouble with the printed word - whether blind, dyslexic, or having some other disability.

But many of the best books out there are in the public domain... so why not free audiobooks to accompany?

Librivox has been building a catalog of public domain works, often working from Gutenberg library copies, with the help of volunteers. You can search their catalog by title or author, or browse the entire catalog...which I don't really recommend. There are further search options, but it's true that it's somewhat difficult to browse unless you have something specific in mind. They really need to improve navigation there... and another issue is that some works have multiple readers, which may not be to your taste. And yes, the quality of readers varies quite a bit.


But it's difficult to be too critical of an all-volunteer, free product


(not that people don't bitch about free stuff on the internet all the time)


It's not just English works that are on Librivox, by the way. They've got over 1500 works in German, over 600 in French (ooh, maybe I should check out the Arsene Lupin recording), and a smattering in a wide variety of languages, even the made up language of Esperanto (La Aventuroj de Alicio en Mirlando, anybody?). 


Lots of obscure books are covered, and in easily downloadable forms. I used to download entire books on my iPod, each chapter being a separate track. They also use ogg format.


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