Maybe you’ve already heard. There is an public domain library of audiobooks assembled by the amazing Librivox Foundation. Over 1800 titles from a who’s who catalogue of authors including such luminaries as Dosteovsky, Aesop, Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, Tolstoy, Susanna Moody, Lewis Carroll, Jane Austen, Immanuel Kant, Louisa May Alcott, Karl Marx, Mikhail Bakunin, Balzac, Nellie Bly, Pauline Johnson …and on and on and on (as reviewed by Art Threat’s Rob Maguire way back in 2007.
Now there is a free iPhone application – ‘audiobooks’ – that allows iPhone users to access the catalogue while on the go. The perfect acoustic accompaniment for long bus rides, road trips, walking, working, waiting, or just lying in the dark cradling your imagination.
It is a staggering work of generosity and contribution to the cultural commons. It might also serve as a wonderful teaching tool for learning languages or for overcoming literacy barriers.
Grab the app (free) at the iTunes store (called ‘audiobooks’) and listen away. Or visit the Librivox website to access their catalogue online.
Librivox is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project dedicated to making books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. LibriVox was started in 2005 by Hugh McGuire, a Montreal-based writer and web developer.
Librivox is volunteer run and always looking for volunteers in any language. All you need is a computer and access to the internet and a little bit of free time.
No doubt, donations are also welcome. This is a great project and deserves our support.