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Post by FelicityMafua44 » October 8th, 2020, 8:56 pm

Hey! My name is Felicity and I’ve just joined! I’m a student and love to read- especially classics! I can’t seem to find an answer to my questions: How do you do your own solo audiobook? What books can you do- can you do remakes of a book someone already did? What is a free software I can use to do my solo audiobook? Any popular classics that haven’t been done yet? Thank you!

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Post by philchenevert » October 9th, 2020, 7:02 am

Hi Felicity. and welcome to LibriVox.
1. Yes, you can record a book solo 2. Anyone may record a public domain book even though it has b een recorded before 3) We use Audacity. Here is a video on the basic steps to start recording.

I've made a little video to welcome people; It has some basic info about us that I thought might be helpful to know right at the start. In any case ask lots of questions, we are a helpful bunch here and you will fit right in.

Oh, and Petunia, our LibriVox penguin welcomes you too with her special dance Image
Eager to get started recording? Follow these 7 steps to recording!

Who walked off with our LibriVox limbo stick! Seriously, how low can you go.

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Post by spatel2 » October 9th, 2020, 8:39 am

Hi Felicity! I am also a student. Welcome to LibriVox!

I've learned that Audacity is very easy to use and free to download.

You can start your own solo book. First, you can pick a book you want to read. (Project Gutenberg or Archive are easy to find books)

Then you can use the Project Template Generator to fill in information about your book:

They'll give you something to copy paste. Then you just copy paste that into the New Projects Launch Pad, and just wait!!

Have fun LibriVoxing!


Oh, and you can record something that someone has already recorded.
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Post by TriciaG » October 9th, 2020, 10:06 am

Welcome! What they said.

After doing the 1-minute test, we do STRONGLY encourage new readers to claim, record, and get OK'd at least one section in a group project before embarking on a solo. This is to make sure you know what you're getting into. Recording a whole book isn't as easy as it seems. It isn't simply sitting down and recording. There's editing to do - and that often can take up to 5 times as long as recording does. In my experience, a ballpark estimate of 95% of brand new readers who start with a solo end up quitting before finishing. Not only that, you're basically alone in a solo: you are the coordinator, and unless you have a very friendly DPL, you won't get much encouragement while doing your solo.

Bottom line: please test the waters with a group project or two first before jumping into a solo. :)

Regarding classics that haven't been done yet: probably not. We've been around for 15 years, so most of the most popular classics have been recorded (some multiple times). If you don't want to duplicate others' work, there are lots of books over in Book Suggestions that haven't been recorded yet! Here's one such thread that might be of interest: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=59026
Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5
Short essays: Elia, and The Last Essays of Elia

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Post by FelicityMafua44 » October 9th, 2020, 4:08 pm

Thank you all so much, I will make sure to 'test out the waters' before jumping into a solo along with getting used to recording, editing, equipment, etc. So, as many more novels have been done- what are the chances of my audiobook being heard at all?

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