Rewarding Resources: LibriVox Audiobooks

Public Domain Audiobooks

You probably all heard of places where you can find free books online (Googlebooks, Project Gutenberg, etc), but did you know that there are places where you can find free audiobooks online?

My favorite is one called  LibriVox has been around since 2007 and contains approximately 6000+ titles.  All free and all volunteer.  Approximately 90% of the collection is in English, although over 30 languages are represented.  Since the titles are in the public domain in the US, you are unlikely to find modern titles.  So while you won’t find James Patterson there, you will find Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, Great Expectations, and The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn.  You can also find various books of the Bible.

I found a copy of Ernest Shackleton’s South available.  Downloading was not complicated and I was listening on my computer within minutes.  The readers were all very solid and made no really noticeable mistakes.  It’s a great resource available all the time!

Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager