How to “LibriVox”

My current LibriVox project is “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.

LibriVox is a website forum of people who take books that are already in the Public Domain, record them, then release the audio files back into the PD for listeners to download for free. LibriVox is completely run by volunteers, including the Staff, readers, proof listeners, and book coordinators. Readers use Project Gutenberg as the text source for almost every one of our LibriVox books.

In recording a book I take one chapter at a time. First, I pre-read the chapter to familiarize myself with what’s going on (even if I’ve read the book in the past, I still like pre-reading every chapter right before recording). Second, I record the chapter using a simple headset plugged into my computer and a free recording/editing software called Audacity. Next, I go through my “raw” audio file editing out my mistakes, and do some noise cleaning and amplifying if needed. Last, I upload the file to LibriVox where a proof listener has access to it and notifies me if there are any mistakes, foreign sounds (watch alarms, cell phone rings, children crying in the background, etc.) and it’s then up to me to fix the file and re-upload.

Once every chapter in the book is recorded and has been proof listened to, a Staff member of LibriVox catalogs the book and posts it on the LibriVox site for people to download.

I enjoy recording for LibriVox for many different reasons, one of which is to help make literature available for people who have a difficult time reading themselves. I’ve found many people on the forum also have a heart/mission for recording books for the visually impaired, children too young to read, dyslexics and other audio learners.

The LibriVox forum is a safe virtual community of people who all share a love for good old classic books. It’s easy to create an account and join the work that’s behind the enormous catalog of LibriVox books. If you don’t want to record or don’t have the equipment yet, there are many other jobs you can do, one of which is being a proof listener.

I’m going to warn you, LibriVox is very addicting! Once you start, you won’t know when to stop!

Go to my LibriVox catalog page

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2 Responses to How to “LibriVox”

  1. Carol Newhouse says:

    Very interesting…

  2. Ardyth Rasmussen says:

    What a wonderful service!

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