I built an app for listening to Librivox audio books. Be my first users!

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Post by invisibleCat » December 1st, 2020, 9:31 pm

Hello everyone!

I am a designer and I recently built an app, Gem, which allows you to discover and listen to LibriVox audio books. I am still actively working on it, but it is time to let people try it out! Free and no login required.

How to install
Send the link below to your phone in whichever way you prefer, and open it on your phone. You'll be asked to install TestFlight, apple's official app for beta testing. The rest of the process is pretty straightforward from there. (You can also comment or message me your email and I can send it to you)


Gem is only available for iOS for the moment, I might make an android version later. Here are a few screenshots:
More about the app:

- Find new releases and Librivox collections on the Explore page
- Browse by genre, language or search for books and authors
- Like books to listen later, download books to listen offline
- Change playback speed
- Dark mode and light mode that follows your system that can also be manually turned on/off

More about me:

I'm pretty new here and have made 2 short recordings so far! I'm a product designer at a technology company in the Bay Area, California. Ever since I discovered Librivox I found that there is not a good app for listening to the audio books, so I decided to make one myself! The works produced by the great people here deserve more distribution. I hope Gem helps people enjoy the audio books better than the ones in the market.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Post by TruistKnave » January 1st, 2021, 8:27 pm

That looks really cool. Makes me wish I had an i-phone. I love the way that everybody here is excited about contributing. What a great community!
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Post by CynCee » January 5th, 2021, 11:33 am

Hi! This sounds great! I will play with it this week! What a great idea!

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Post by CynCee » January 9th, 2021, 7:42 am

Love the app! I have a question. Is there a way you can put who the narrator is (either volunteers or name of solo narrator) right under the title in the results of the search? I know when I search I look to see if its a solo, or colab or just see if its a narrator we like.
I have the librivox app that has that and I like that I don't have to go into each title and see, especially when there are several versions of one book. Also when you go into the book and you see the list of chapters, the name of each narrator in a colab is written for you to see. Just trying to be helpful. Those things really help me in my searches.

So far I really like your app! I'll keep testing!


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