Tuesday, July 8, 2008


after the persistence of a woman i will refer to as i heart jane austen 82, i have downloaded 5 austen classics from librivox.org. the website is a collection of mp3 recordings of classic novels which have outlasted their copyrights and are now in the public domain. volunteer readers contribute by reading a chapter or chapters from the book and post them online. this works great for those of you who want to read more of the "classics" but don't have time to sit down and read them. just upload them onto your ipod and enjoy.
i have already done this for dickens' a tale of two cities and was rather impressed (it's a free novel, why wouldn't i be). the reader usually announces her or his name at the beginning of the chapter/mp3 and a brief self-introduction. i particularly enjoyed some of the british chaps who contributed (nothing like hearing a dickens novel read w/ a distinct cockney accent) and chip from tampa flordia (he was a peppy, a little too peppy).
give the website a try, see if there are any books that interest you (i would guess there are). if you can't find the books you want i also hear there is someway to use your hennepin county library card number to download books as well.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

You can indeed download books (as well as music and some video) from the Hennepin County Library website and/or from the Minneapolis Public Library website. You need to have your library bar code available to do so. For the Hennepin County Website visit http://www.hclib.org/pub/search/Downloads.cfm
for downloading from the MInneapolis Public Library website visit http://www.mplib.org/eaudiobooks.asp .

Happy Listening,