Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Librivox and Project Gutenberg need help

I have posted here before about Librivox and Project Gutenberg, and the services they provide, but here are a few quotes from the sites:

"LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. We are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project."

and from Project Gutenberg's mission Statement:
"To: Preserve literary and other intellectual works, and make copies of or products based on those works available free of charge or at the lowest possible cost to the people of the United States and the rest of the world. (Adapted from the Articles of Incorporation)"

I have found so many wonderful things on both sites; out of print folklore books, music from the early decades of the 20th century, antique patterns, herbals and classic literature to name a smattering. They are two of my favorite sites and worthy of support. They provide a terrific service and my life would be less without them.
I recently obtained another headset with mic, and hope to contribute more recordings this summer. I can no longer sing in public or perform in the local theater, but this gives me a wonderfully creative outlet for that part of my talents.

Librovox posted last week:
Dearest LibriVox listeners, volunteers, & supporters:

For four-and-a-half years, LibriVox volunteers have been making audiobooks for the world to enjoy, and giving them away for free. We’ve made thousands of free audiobooks that have been downloaded by millions of people; our site gets 400,000 visitors every month. To date, all our costs have been borne by a few individuals, with some generous donations from partners. However, these costs have become too big.


and Project Gutenberg says on their Wiki:

Project Gutenberg's success is due to the hard work of thousands of volunteers over more than 30 years. Your donations make it possible to support these volunteers, and pay our few employees to continue the creation of free electronic texts.

Donations are made to the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation (PGLAF), a corporation registered in the US State of Mississippi. PGLAF is approved as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization by the US Internal Revenue Service, and has the Federal Employee Information Number (EIN) 64-6221541.


Even a few dollars from each of us can make such a huge difference!


AlisonH said...


Anonymous said...

i have been wanting to improve my knowledge of the classics. i will check this out -- thanks!