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Zuarrie
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Post by Zuarrie » September 7th, 2017, 11:36 am

Hello everyone! I am Quarrie. I am 14, and I have been using LibriVox for many years. In my humble opinion, it is an awesome service. Being so young, how can I know this? Well, I've been reading novels since I was one year old. (I'm a little advanced. I first spoke at 3 months, and I finished calculus when I was six.)

I registered at LibriVox for two reasons. First, I have always wanted to volunteer my services reading. But second, and the reason I signed up today, is because I wanted to let you know that I am working on an Alexa skill to tap into the LibriVox library. It is going pretty well so far. I just made this demonstration video, and would love opinions and input:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTTsmdfM6-g

Hopefully I'll get some more time soon to flesh out the program.

Cheers,

Q

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Post by Lynnet » September 20th, 2017, 8:53 pm

Hi Quarrie and welcome

The best starting point is submitting a one minute test and the team there will guide you on getting your setup right. http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/1-Minute_Test There is no need for an expensive mic... a decent USB mic can be bought for about $20 on Amazon. Of course, you can pay a lot more for a better one, but best to see if you enjoy recording before forking out :D

When you start, it is best to read a chapter or two of established projects, but once you are familiar with the site and the process, you can branch out to any Public Domain text that interests you.

Your Alexa skill sounds interesting. I think the best place for this would be in the forum Suggestions, Comments, News and Discussion (see the dropdown at the bottom of the page)
Lynne
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