Librivox: Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain

Librivox offers tons of free public domain audiobooks that are read by volunteers from all around the globe. You can listen to LibriVox audiobooks on both the web and mobile devices. You can use the site’s built-in search functionality to look for specific audiobooks or use filters to search for works by author, title, or genre/subject. You can also use the Language filter to search for audiobooks written in French, Arabic, Spanish and several other languages. 

Audiobooks offered on  LibriVox are audio versions of books that are in the public domain and most of these books are  very old. If you are looking for new books you will be better off using a subscription based audiobook’s hosting platform such as Scribd or Audible. 

What Libribox Do?

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. Please note: Our readers are free to choose the books they wish to record. LibriVox sees itself as a library of audiobooks. Because the books we read are in the public domain, our readers and listeners should be aware that many of them are very old, and may contain language or express notions that are antiquated at best, offending at worst.

Volunteering for LibriVox is easy and does not require any experience with recording or audio engineering or acting or public speaking. All you need is a computer, a microphone, some free recording software, and your own voice. We accept all volunteers in all languages, with all kinds of accents. You’re welcome to volunteer to read any language you speak, as long as you can make yourself understood in it. You don’t need to audition, but we do suggest a 1-Minute Test recording just to check your setup. We’ll accept you no matter what you sound like.

We operate almost exclusively through Internet communications on our forum, where all your questions will be answered by our friendly community.

For more detailed information, see our FAQ.

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