Offlining Librivox

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Post by vu2tve » April 4th, 2019, 6:14 am


I am a volunteer of the open source Internet-in-a-Box project (, We work with remote communities around the world to provide them with high quality CC-*/CC0 licensed content in offline/semi-offline settings. Our content collection includes projects like Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, TED, and many other projects.

I think having the librivox recordings as part of this project would be absolutely wonderful, and would love to volunteer to make that happen.

Any thoughts on where I should begin?

For starters, I'd need:
1. As much metadata as possible about the librivox recordings.
2. Download urls for the recordings themselves

I could try offlining tools like "wget -drc" and other spiders, but I'd much rather make this a proper workflow, so that it becomes possible to easily do this in the future.

Any pointers would be much appreciated!


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Post by schrm » April 7th, 2019, 9:37 am


im not a dev, but here are 2 links regarding the lv api:

this question would suit better in our help sections of the forum, or in the thread linked above :-)
or maybe in the mailing lists of the project..


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Post by vu2tve » April 8th, 2019, 7:01 pm

Thanks for your reply!

I posted to the help forum. Where can I find the librivox mailing list?

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Post by Basquetteur » April 10th, 2019, 7:28 am

Hi vu2tve,

Perhaps this thread contains something useful for your purpose, just in case you have not seen it already:

Project recoding?

I am no admin or senior librivox member so others certainly have better directions to provide to you on this.



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Post by lethargilistic » December 12th, 2019, 11:41 am

I understand why you'd want to focus on the LibriVox site directly, but another strategy would be to crawl the pages for each recording on the Internet Archive. Each page would have the metadata for the recordings built into it, as a bonus, and each description of the item will contain a link back to the Librivox page for the recording. Not all of them are recordings, though--I don't know if you'd want the m4b files or the earliest "statement of purpose"-style recordings from the founder.

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