In 2005, Hugh McGuire asked:
“Can the net harness a bunch of volunteers to help bring books in the public domain to life through podcasting?”
The answer is yes. Thanks to the help of many, LibriVox, the nonprofit organization he leads, has made tremendous progress in producing and distributing free audiobooks of public domain work.
The LibriVox site has recently undergone a major facelift, making it far easier to browse and find great public domain audiobooks. In addition, the underlying software that helps thousands of volu
nteers contribute to LibriVox has been completely rebuilt. This rebuild project was funded by the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and donations from the public. LibriVox continues to use the Internet Archive to host all it’s audio and web infrastructure.
The thousands of volunteer readers who bring over 100 new books a month originally in Project Gutenberg, and other public domain sources (including, of course, the Internet Archive) to the listening public.
With over 7,000 audio books, LibriVox is one of the largest publishers of audiobooks in the world, and certainly the largest publisher of free public domain audiobooks.
The Millions of Listeners who download over three million LibriVox audiobooks every month.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Don Waters at their Scholarly Communications and Information Technology programme, for providing funding for the revamp of the LibriVox website, and underlying technology that runs the project.
Free Hosting by the Internet Archive.
Pro bono Legal services from Diana Szego of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
And the relentless good cheer of Hugh McGuire who over the last eight years has created this fabulous service, and continued to make contributions to open (e)book publishing with PressBooks.com. @hughmcguire
This project needs ongoing support for servers and software upgrades.