Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Web of the Week Wednesday: LibriVox

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Have you heard a good book lately?  Well you can.  Much like Project Gutenberg LibriVox is devoted to keeping information open and free.  LibriVox has at least two applications for the classroom.

First, it can be used as a source of audio books for both classroom and at home use.  The books are available in multiple formats.  The most recognizable will be the individual chapter downloads in mp3 formats.  You can also download the entire book as a zip file.  You can also download the files in Ogg Vorbis format.  A less common but open source format that is used when a free format is needed.

Secondly, there is an option on LibriVox for volunteering to read books.  Students or the teacher can download software that along with a computer, microphone and internet connection allow the volunteer to read books that are in the public domain.

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