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Postby Carolin »Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:48 pm

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What is this actually about?
At Librivox, volunteers read texts in the public domain digitally (as mp3) and then make the voice recordings available to the world public free of charge (via our catalog, a podcast, and in various formats via

Why are you doing this? What do you get for it?
We love reading, we love books, we love literature. We feel that public property (the "public domain") should be defended and enriched, we like gifts, we love reading to us, and we love reading to other people. It's fun, it creates a great community, it's a rewarding task in the service of the global public. And we get "nothing" for it, except the satisfaction of being part of a wonderful project.

Who started this project?
Hugh McGuire started LibriVox in August 2005, and quickly gathered a few friends and strangers together to put together the audio book project The Secret Agent to put on its feet. That project got a little out of hand until Kristen McQuillin got on it, helped stabilize things and designed our first website. Kara Shallenberg came on board as a professional admin; Chris Goringe took over the programming and worked on the software. Other early volunteers got the ball rolling, now we have more than 7,000 volunteer readers and we have grown into one big family that I hope you want to be a part of too.

Who are the moderators and what are they doing?
The moderators (also called admins or MCs) are volunteers who help in the forum and manage the catalog. Every project has an MC. The MC answers questions asked by readers in solo projects or by book coordinators in group projects, moves the project from the launch pad to the correct section of the forum, and when the project is finished, the MC sends the files to LibriVox -Division of A new catalog page is then created and the audio files are made available for download for our readers to hear. Admins also fix errors in the catalog and edit forum posts (according to our forum guidelines). New moderators come from the middle of the community of committed LibriVoxers, they can be recognized by the fact that their pseudonyms are purple and "LibriVox Admin Team" is written underneath.

What does LibriVox mean?
'LibriVox' is a word you make up when you don't know Latin. 'Libri' means 'book' and 'Vox' stands for 'voice' - LibriVox translates as 'book voice'. It could be that people with a better knowledge of Latin do not agree with this word creation at all. But it sounds pretty good anyway. Another Latin word for book is 'Liber', which also has the meanings "child, descendant" and "free, independent, unrestricted". So we think that LibriVox could also be translated as "child of the voice" or "free voice". Finally, we're also a library, a voice library, if you will, which sounds pretty cool. But these connections are only made with the help of online dictionaries and have no formal basis.

What does the "Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain" mean?
We've been discussing this slogan for a long time. It's been labeled, among other things, "ostentatious, boastful, elegant, chic, inspiring, obscure, pompous, and exciting. Maybe it's a little bit of everything, but that slogan helped us well in the beginning of the project and the general public wants to stick with it. What it means? LibriVox produces free audiobooks. We liberate books by converting them to audio. So that's "free" in the sense of "free beer" and "free" in the sense of "free speech." We make literary works accessible to those who You may not have experienced these works. Different LibriVoxers have different motivations. Some want to advocate a public non-commercial space, the public domain, the importance of work outside the commercial framework that dominates our world. Others just want to read aloud because They enjoy it. This can be political, or nothing more than this: We read books and give the audio files for free free. Both views have their value, both are important. Actually, we don't care what motivation you want to help with LibriVox, or why you listen to our books, if you just enjoy it.
P.S. Maybe at some point we will change the slogan to "Free Audiobooks," which would probably be easier for everyone, but Hugh is stubborn.

"Our mission is to make all public domain books available, for free, in audio format on the Internet." Are you crazy
Well, it's pretty unlikely we'll ever make it. Rather impossible. But we can still try? Just like world peace, it is an honorable goal. Don't you think It would be silly to say, "Our mission is to make some books available," because we've already achieved that. We want this project to continue as long as there are public domain books to read. If this takes a thousand years, okay, nothing's more fun.

What are the abbreviations you use in the forum?
Have a look in our glossary: ​​ and just ask if you can't find something.


I'm new here and I would like to read along. What should I do?
It's best to start here: How to Volunteer for LibriVox. Do the test recording to make sure your microphone and software are working well and are properly set. Our new readers usually start with a short section in one of our group projects. You can find the German-language projects in Readers Wanted: Languages ​​other than English. All projects in this section of the forum still need readers. Click on the name of a book you find interesting and read the first post. It contains information about the project and also the Magic Window, the magic window that lists all sections and shows you which sections still need readers and which are already finished. To reserve a section for yourself, answer the thread of this project and write, for example, "I would like to include chapter four". The coordinator of that project will then register you for the section and your name will appear in the Magic Window.

If you want to record an entire book on your own, go to the New Projects Launch Pad and read the information listed there. Then fill out the form and post your own project. Before starting a solo, though, it's best if you've been on a couple of group projects so you know what you're getting into. Soloing can be harder than it sounds, and testing your skills on a group project is definitely the best preparation.

Can everyone read aloud at LibriVox?
Yes! All you need is a way to make mp3 recordings (you should be able to do that on Windows or Mac with a microphone and free software, and if you're using GNU / Linux we'll assume you know your way - but if you need help let me know!)

Don't you have any standards at all?
That depends on what you mean by standards. We feel that anyone wishing to record a literary work should be welcome or LibriVox will not be able to achieve long-term success. Some readers are better than others, and the sound quality of the recordings varies from book to book, sometimes even from chapter to chapter. But we don't judge your readings, but we're happy to help if you need help. We're not in Hollywood here, and LibriVox has nothing to do with commercial media values, either in production or otherwise. But: we think that almost all of our recordings are pretty great, and of course we are trying to iron out technical problems when listening to them, such as repetitions of the text. Maybe rehearsing is something for you too?

So could your recordings have errors?
Project Gutenberg aims for 99% accuracy in your texts, we try to make just as few or even fewer mistakes. If a recording that is 20 minutes long is 99% correct, it will still have 12 seconds of error. That's pretty long! If you look at the error rate of our recordings, we are far below. We are pretty satisfied!

Do I have to read a whole book alone?
No! Of course not! At LibriVox we try to get as many people as possible from all over the world to read individual sections so that the difficult task of recording an entire book is divided among many. But if you want, you are of course welcome to read an entire book (although it is really better to start with a group project).

Can I read a whole book alone?
Yes! Sure, of course! When you're ready, please post in the New Projects Launch Pad. The thread on 'Solo Projects' can also help. As has already been emphasized several times, we think it would be better if you started with a group project to learn how everything works.

I wrote a book myself, but it has not been published! Can LibriVox record this?
Unfortunately not. We focus on recordings from published books in the public domain. But we advise you to place a recording at, they specialize in something like this.

How can I register as a coordinator for a group project?
Before you can coordinate a group project, it's best to include a few chapters on other projects so that you can get to grips with the problems readers can have in group projects. It is also good to watch other coordinators at work first. As soon as you feel ready for your own project, you can take off yourself. Check out this page for more information.

Could I have problems with copyright?
At LibriVox, we only read books that are clearly in the public domain in the USA, as our files are ultimately stored in the USA and can be accessed worldwide from there. In the public domain means that a text is no longer subject to copyright and that anyone can use the text. Because copyright varies from country to country, the copyright protection of a book can also be different. If you are not sure, just ask!

How do I know a book is in the public domain?
Project Gutenberg has loads of e-books in the public domain, and they check every book to see if the copyright has really expired before making it available. The rule of thumb is that books published in 1922 or earlier are in the public domain.
In Europe, the rule is based on the year of the death of the author and translator. Copyright expires 70 years after the year of death of these persons, always on January 1st. So on January 1, 2015, all works by authors who died in 1944 go into the public domain, and on January 1, 2016, the works of those who died in 1945, and so on.
Readers outside the United States must observe both American and their own copyright laws. For readers in Europe this means that they can only read books that were published by 1922 at the latest and whose authors and translators are at least 70 years dead. That sounds a bit complicated at first, but we can help you. If you have found a book or an author, and you are not sure whether you can read the book for LibriVox, just ask in the German book suggestions.

Can I add music to my recordings?
No, unfortunately not. Music makes it even more difficult for our admins to guarantee the public domain of our recordings. Melodies and music recordings are also subject to copyright!

I want to help, but I don't want to read aloud. What can I do?
First, let me assure you that few of our readers find they are all that good themselves. Maybe you would be a better reader than you think! But if you're a little shy or just can't read for other reasons, there are still plenty of ways you can help.

* Be part of the forum, we like to hear all suggestions
* Help with the preview: check recordings for errors.
* Design images for the CD cover and thumbnails for the website.
* Help us to convert recordings to MP4 format.
* Coordinate group projects.
* Promote LibriVox with a button or banner on your website.
* Write about us in your blog or link your favorite books.
* Bring our recordings to the listener (via torrents or burned CDs).
* Help us find readers - volunteer your friends!

What is "the LibriVox Disclaimer?"
We call the sentences our readers say at the beginning of each recording the disclaimer, or the intro. For group projects it is:
"Chapter 1 of Die Ahnen von Gustav Freytag. This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are license-free and in the public domain. Further information and tips on participating in this project are available from: librivox PUNKT org. Recorded by Carolin. Chapter 1: Open hearts. "

Short poems can have a shorter disclaimer.

Every recording begins with the disclaimer, firstly so that the reader knows what kind of recording he is listening to (that's logical), secondly as legal information about the public domain of our recordings, and thirdly to tell potential new volunteers that they will also help can.


Where does LibriVox get the funds it needs from?
We are a group of volunteers with no employees and no budget. The Internet Archive hosted our audio files for free.

As of February 2010, we had started a limited time fundraiser for a certain amount because our hosting and development costs were just too high to keep going. Read the appeal from that time and the result for more information about the costs and donations received.

In July 2013 we started another fundraiser: "LibriVox needs your help!", With the short-term goal of raising US $ 50,000. More details can be found here: We will keep the appeal for donations on the website for a longer period of time. This is something new to us, and we hope that it will raise enough donations to cover the running costs of our system and future software improvements. Everything is easier when there are a few pennies on the bank so that our volunteers don't lie awake at night and have to worry about covering costs.

Can I advertise on your site?
No. Our project is completely non-commercial and we do not want any advertising on our site.

Are you planning an IPO?
No. We remain an independent, non-commercial, volunteer-driven, non-profit project.

I work at Yahoo / Google / Microsoft / etc. and we would like to buy you guys who do i contact?
We'd love if you could help us in any way, but Librivox is not for sale. But everyone, including you, can use our recordings.


Do I need to know what a "Podcast" is in order to contribute to LibriVox?
No! All you need is your voice, free software for your computer, a microphone - and having fun reading aloud.

But what is a podcast?
A podcast is a method of automatically downloading audio to your computer or MP3 player. LibriVox Podcasts are books from our catalog, one at a time. If you subscribe to a LibriVox podcast, you will get a new audio file on your computer four times a week.

Which software should I use? (PC, Mac, GNU / Linux)
Most of us use Audacity, a free multi-track audio editor and recorder for GNU / Linux, Mac and Windows. You can download the program here:

There are lots of other programs and lots of other ways to get your voice onto the computer. Just have a look in the forum, there you will find even more suggestions and help.

What hardware do I need to record?
Many computers already have a built-in microphone, but they often only produce poor quality recordings. If possible, you should get a USB microphone that provides better quality. You can find more information in the wiki.

128kbps? Huh? What does this mean?
128 kbps designates the sound quality of an MP3. 128 kbps means the file is of high quality, enough for music. We use this format because, where our audiobooks are stored, automatically converts all 128 kbps files to other formats when we upload them.

Why don't you record in ogg vorbis? converts our 128 kbps MP3 files to 64 kbps MP3 and ogg vorbis. So we get three files for the price of one, and our files are also made available in the ogg vorbis format.

Do you also have bit torrents?
Yes! Take a look at Legal Torrents, you will find us there.

Have you never heard of computer generated audio books?
Yeah, we already have - there's a lot right there on, and elsewhere too. But we find that texts read by real people are so much better that we like to spend our time recording them. And of course we hope you see it that way too!

Are there any other projects like LibriVox?
Sure, of course! There are many others who use podcasts to bring literature to people's ears. Some projects collect public domain texts just like we do. We think there are enough works in the public domain to keep us busy for years to come.

How can you see how often a project has been downloaded at archive, org?'s FAQ wrote: Downloads are calculated per entry, per IP address, per day. If you watch or listen to a series today, that is a download. If you look at a text tomorrow, it is still a download. If you download all files in a series the day after tomorrow, this will also count as one download. If you download the same file a thousand times the day after, it still only counts as one download.
Downloading an entire book as a zip therefore counts as one download. If you download one chapter a day, that's one download per chapter. Even if you listen for a minute to decide if you like the recording, it counts as a download.


Where can I download the books you've already recorded?

Where is your podcast feed?

Why haven't you recorded my favorite book yet?
We pick up books suggested by our volunteers. If you add your suggestion to the book suggestions, it might generate a lot of interest and then we'll include your favorite book.
But please be warned that we only include books that do not violate copyright law. So no Harry Potter, no Lord of the Rings, and nothing from Danielle Steele. In short, this means that your favorite book should (should be able to) appear on Project Gutenberg so that we can record it.

I have another question to listen to ??
Have a look at our wiki, which among other things contains information on how to find certain readers or certain accents, and explains technical information about various playback methods. If that doesn't answer your question, log into the forum and ask.


What does "in the public domain and in public ownership" mean?
Copyright gives an author or a company exclusive rights to a text for a limited time. This means that no one else is allowed to use the text (for example, make an audiobook of it) or edit it as long as the copyright exists. But the copyright expires at some point and the text falls into the public domain - which means that everyone can use the text. Copyright is complicated, but the rule of thumb in the US is that anything published before 1923 is in the US public domain and is publicly owned. It can be different in other countries. On the other hand, text may be in the public domain in another country, but not in the United States. For more information and links, check out our wiki page on copyright.

Which copyright do I have to observe?
Our files are stored at in the USA, so American law is generally applied. However, our readers who do not live in the USA must also observe the copyright laws of their home country and can only record texts that are in the public domain and in the public domain under both American law and the law of their home country. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, copyright is regulated differently than in the USA. In the whole of the EU and Switzerland, copyright does not depend on the year in which the text was published, but expires 70 years after the year in which the author died, always on January 1st. The works of all authors who died in 1944 became public domain on January 1, 2015.

If you want to read in German and live in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, or in another country in Europe, the text you choose must have been published before 1923, and the author of the text must have been dead for at least 70 years .

Why don't you use Creative Commons licenses?
We discussed the licenses at the very beginning of this project and decided that we don't want to encumber our recordings with any licenses or other restrictions. After all, all of the texts we read are in the public domain. This means that everyone can use our recordings as they want, including for commercial purposes. We prefer, of course, that LibriVox be mentioned when our recordings are used, but we cannot force anyone. Some readers find this uncomfortable, but the books we read are publicly owned and so should our recordings.

For a deeper discussion, please read this thread.

Where can I find texts in the public domain?
The best thing to do is to take a look at first. Gutenberg has a huge catalog of ebooks, in many languages, and most of them are in the US public domain. Gutenberg carefully checks that a book is in the public domain before publishing ebooks, making it a reliable source. But still look again at the license in the ebook to be sure. Of course there are also a lot of books in the public domain that are not (yet) available from Gutenberg, and if we can be sure that they are really in the public domain, we will be happy to include them.

You can also find German-language texts in this thread, where we discuss German-language texts and you can also find the best sources.


Can I record in a language that is not my mother tongue?
Sure, of course! Part of the appeal of LibriVox is the variety of voices, dialects, and accents that you can find here. You're welcome to record in any language you know, as long as you speak well enough to be understood. Try children's books or short poems if you are not sure whether your language level is high enough. Ask for help with pronunciation in case you need help, and remember that we do not strive for perfection.

Do you also have other languages?
Yes. We have complete works in more than twenty languages, for example German, French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian. The multilingual collections contain short texts in other languages. What we need are more eager volunteers who speak these languages. Post an answer in Book Suggestions, or in the various language threads in our multilingual forum if you want to join a team.


1. The main language of this forum is English.
This means that most discussions about LibriVox will be in English. The reason for this is that most of the moderators on this forum speak English and will answer questions primarily in English. In addition, moderators read threads to see what is happening. You can trust yourself even if your English is not very good!

Since the end of 2014 we have had a multilingual forum in which discussions can also be held in other languages.

2. Other languages ​​can be spoken in project threads (see 3)
If a thread is started in the "New Projects Launch Pad" for a new project in a language other than English, this thread can also be in that language. Please name these threads [LANGUAGE] [name of book] by [name of author], for example: "[GERMAN] The joy of fishing by Max Meyer".

3. How do I start a new non-English project?
Starting a new project is the same in every language. You have to be ready to be the book coordinator for this project. To do this, you must have already read a few chapters in another project, and ideally you have already been part of a project as a sample listeners. If your language is not yet represented at LibriVox, you will also have to translate the LibriVox intro and outro. In this article you will learn more about what a book coordinator has to do.

If you have any questions, just ask!


I just listened to a recording. How can I give feedback? Do you have a rating system?
We have chosen not to include a rating system on our site as the consensus is that negative feedback could harm and discourage our volunteer readers. More background information is available here:

* If you positive feedback you can post it here in the forum (of course we like to read something like that!), or you can write us an email, which we will forward to the reader. If you want to recommend a recording to others, tell your friends about it, write about it on your blog, or post a comment on the project's page.

* If you negative feedback send an email to info at librivox dot org and the moderators will see what can be done. Negative feedback posted directly in the forum will be deleted (see our forum guidelines)

* If you have a technical problem with a recording, write us an email to info at librivox dot org or start a new thread in Error Reports.