This book was cataloged on November 23, 2008. The audio files have been transferred to Internet Archive and are available at: http://librivox.org/world-english-bible-new-testament/
The World English Bible is a modern English translation of the Bible, released directly into the public domain. Please join us in the first collaborative LibriVox project to record the entire Bible! The Old Testament can be found here.
- How to claim a part, and 'how it all works' here
To find a section to record, simply look at point 6 below, at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are “up for grabs.” Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which section you’d like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points 7. to 9. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
- New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
- Is there a deadline?
Target completion date of this project: July 2008 - but try to send your recordings as soon as you can. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it’ll go back to the pool. There’s no shame in this; we’re all volunteers and things happen.
- Where do I find the text?
Source text: http://ebible.org/web/
However, please follow the text links for the individual books in the window below.
I've also provided a word count for each section. Forum discussions have shown that most people read about 130-200 words a minute. Per 4000 words, this comes to about 22 to 30 minutes of recording time.
- Pronunciation of Biblical names?
If you're unsure how to pronounce a person or place name in the Bible, you can try one of these resources (listed in order of preference):
Biblical Words Pronunciation Guide: Audio pronunciations for many proper names
Bible Words - Phonetic Pronunciation: Fewer audio pronunciations, but more entries, with phonetic spellings (e.g. "AY-bruh-ham" for "Abraham")
The Bible Explainer: Has phonetic spellings, but somewhat more difficult to use. Includes almost every proper name in the Bible.
A good pronouncing dictionary for general use is Merriam-Webster (with audio).
- Please claim sections (the numbers in the first column below)!
- BEFORE recording:
Please check the Recording Notes:
Set your recording software to:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
- DURING recording:
Make sure you add this to the beginning and end of your recording:
Start of recording (Intro)
- "Chapters [numbers] of [Book title], from the World English Bible. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org" (e.g. "Chapters 8 through 12 of the Book of Matthew, from the World English Bible." If your section is a complete book, simply say the book title; e.g. "The Book of Galatians, from the World English Bible")
- If you wish, say:
"Recording by [your name]"
- Then say:
"[Book title], from the World English Bible. [Chapters]" (e.g. "The First Book of Corinthians, from the World English Bible. Chapters 1 through 6"
- At the end of the section, say:
"End of [Chapters]" (unless your section ends that book; see below)
- If you wish, say:
"Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
- If your section ends the book, say:
"End of [Book title]." (e.g. Say "End of the Book of Matthew" for the end of section 6.)
- At the end of the whole book (that is, the last section of Revelation), say (in addition):
"End of The New Testament, from the World English Bible"
Also, please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
- AFTER recording:
Listen to your file through headphones. If you can hear some background noise, you may want to clean it up a bit. The new (free) version 1.3.3. of Audacity (Mac/Win) has much improved noise-cleaning. See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide.
Save files as
128 kbps MP3
worldenglishbible2_##_booktitle.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is your section number. (e.g. worldenglishbible2_06_matthew.mp3).
The "2" is necessary to make the Old and New Testaments sort properly. (For books like 1 Corinthians, 3 John, etc. save the files like this: worldenglishbible2_##_1corinthians or worldenglishbible2_##_3john).
ID3 V2 tags
(To find out more about ID3 tags, go to our wiki: http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/WhatIsID3)
Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use – if you are unsure about ID3 tags, send me a message). Please mind upper and lower case!
Title: ## - Book Title, Chapters ##-## (e.g. "31 - 1 Corinthians, Chapters 01-06")
Album: World English Bible
Artist: World English Bible
Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloging stage.
Transfer of files (completed recordings)
Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file.
- If you have your own server space, post the link here. Please leave the file in this location until the project is catalogued. Even better, upload the file to the LibriVox Uploader, see below.
- If you don't have your own server space, please upload with the LibriVox Uploader (please be sure to post the link you receive after your upload, in this thread):
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
Use "ct" for the MC for this project.
If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
- your name/pseudonym as you want to appear in the LibriVox catalog, and your website URL if you like. These are only necessary if this is your first LibriVox recording.
- the file size of your .mp3 file/duration of the recording.
Please post below or PM me.