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StephenChristie
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Post by StephenChristie » October 16th, 2017, 6:03 pm

Hello!

It is a shame I hadn't learned about LibriVox earlier. I am an archivist at heart, promoting the public domain whenever I can. It wasn't until I started driving long distances for work when I started looking for audio books. My family has long enjoyed reading aloud, and I am more likely to read a book for someone else than alone. Looking at the shelf next to me, our family has a great collection of classic books that would fit in the LibriVox library -- and LibriVox is a good excuse to read them. G.A. Henty is one of our favorite, so I look forward to helping some on that project.

Ask me some questions, I'll be happy to answer anything!

Lynnet
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Post by Lynnet » October 17th, 2017, 5:06 pm

Hi 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. You mention the books you have (and Henty is a popular author here, too)... we usually use online texts as it is easier to verify their copyright status. Even old books have newer editions. A favorite source is gutenberg.org as nearly everything there is Public Domain in the US.

Poetry is also a popular launch point (see the Short Works forum, dropdown menu at the bottom of the page).

Lynne
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