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LibriVox: iPods Aren’t Just for Music Anymore

Mike Henninger

February, 2009

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iPods are invariably linked to music the same way pages are to books. I own an iPod, but as a bibliophile, my playlists contain more audio books than music. Considering Harry Potter’s latest audio book runs in the $50 range, this can be an expensive practice.

Fortunately, LibriVox provides a free alternative. Although you won’t find The Tales of Beedle the Bard, LibriVox provides fans of the classics free, downloadable audio books on everything from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick to Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities.

LibriVox’s goal is to “make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.” This work is done completely by volunteers, who record chapters of books in the public domain, and then post them to the LibriVox website. While the audio is not professional quality and many modern works are not available due to US Copyright law, I recommend it as the savings are substantial. I am currently listening to Bleak House by Dickens. The 11-hour, abridged version ordinarily costs $34.95, while the complete 43-hour unabridged version is freely available through LibriVox.

Visit librivox.org if you are interested in downloading any of the over 1500 different titles or even volunteering your voice and time to the cause.

Please visit librivox.org/public-domain/ to better understand how LibriVox can legally offer recordings of items in the public domain. Note: This product is not on the CIS Supported Products list.