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''This guide is also available in: [[Comment devenir benevole|French]] / Ce guide est également disponible en [[Comment devenir benevole|Français]].''
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== Types of Projects ==
 
== Types of Projects ==
[[LibriVox]] volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (meaning out of copyright - sorry, no ''Harry Potter'', no ''Lord of the Rings'', and no ''Da Vinci Code'', though we'd love to do [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/5000 Da Vinci's notebooks]). Then we make the files available on the Internet, for free. We have several types of projects:
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[[LibriVox]] volunteers read and record chapters of books that are in the public domain in the US (meaning out of copyright - sorry, no Harry Potter, no Lord of the Rings, and no Da Vinci Code, though we'd love to do Da Vinci's notebooks). Then we make the files available on the Internet, for free. We have several types of projects:  
  
* collaborative projects: many volunteers contribute by reading some chapters of a long text
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* ''short works'' (prose and poetry): short pieces of less than 1 hour read by individuals
* solo projects: one volunteer reads an entire book (we prefer if you contribute to some collaborative projects first)
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*  ''collaborative projects'': many volunteers contribute by reading sections of a long text  
* short works (prose and poetry): read by individuals.
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* ''solo projects'': one volunteer reads an entire book (we prefer if you contribute to some collaborative projects first)
  
 
== Where to Start ==
 
== Where to Start ==
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'''Before you visit the [https://forum.librivox.org Forum]''', you might want to read this guide. The Forum is split into three main sections:
 
'''Before you visit the [https://forum.librivox.org Forum]''', you might want to read this guide. The Forum is split into three main sections:
  
* '''The Basics''' (info about [[LibriVox]], including FAQ)
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* '''About LibriVox'''  
* '''The Books''' (where most of the volunteering happens).
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** What is LibriVox & FAQ (info about [[LibriVox]], including FAQ)
** Book Suggestions (discussion about possible books)
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** New Here? Introduce Yourself! (if you feel like saying hello yourself or greeting our latest addicts, ahem... volunteers)
** Readers Wanted: Short Works (a good place for newbies, especially WEEKLY POETRY)
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** Post Your 1-Minute Test Recording Here (where to post your test to check the tech settings)
** Readers Wanted (where you find chapters needing readers)
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* '''Volunteer For Reading & Other LibriVox things ''' (where most of the volunteering happens).
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** Book Suggestions (want to see a book in our catalog - suggest it here, best with a link to an online text)
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** Readers Wanted: Short Works (Poetry & Prose) (for our weekly/fortnightly poetry and collections - a good place for newbies)
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** Readers Wanted: Books (our collaborative works are posted here - find chapters needing readers)
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** Readers Wanted: Dramatic Works (plays and dramatic readings, [OPEN] ones with roles to fill)
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** Readers Wanted: Languages Other than English (collaborative works in all languages except English looking for readers)
 
** Readers Found (ongoing projects with all chapters assigned)
 
** Readers Found (ongoing projects with all chapters assigned)
** Going Solo (entire books by one person ; '''we request you record some shorter works before taking on a solo project''')
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** Going Solo (projects read by one person ; '''we request you record some shorter works before taking on a solo project''')
** Listeners Wanted (help out by "proof-listening")
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** Listeners & Editors Wanted (look for projects in need of proof listeners/editors)
** Completed Books (a reminder of progress)
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** Volunteers Wanted: Other Projects (threads for cover makers, app developers, wikipedia entries... )
** Volunteers Wanted: Other Projects (non-reading volunteer projects)
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** Completed Books (threads of completed and catalogued books go here for safekeeping)
* '''Comments, Discussion, News & Suggestions'''
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* '''Help, Discussion & Suggestions'''
** Need Help? Got Advice (ask anything here)
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** Languages other than English: Help, Discussion, & Suggestions (ask anything here in any language - some have dedicated threads)
** Suggestions & Comments (good or bad comments welcome)
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** Need Help? Got Advice (ask anything LibriVox related here)
** Off-Topic (anything you like. knitting. rugby. etc.)
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** Suggestions, Comments, News & Discussion (Staff Picks, LV anniversaries, "in memoriam" thread and other LibriVox related discussion)
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** Error Reports (caught an error in one of our catalogued books - post it here. NOT for style/reading complaints!)
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** Off-Topic (everything except LibriVox - is there such a thing??)
  
There are many, many other things you can do to help, so please feel free to jump into the [https://forum.librivox.org Forum], or contact us at the email address  info AT librivox.org (The forum will usually give a better answer quicker.)
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There are many, many other things you can do to help, so just jump right into the [https://forum.librivox.org Forum]. We're a friendly bunch, and you'll receive an answer pretty quickly.  
  
 
For an outline of the recording process, please see [[How_LibriVox_Works#The_LibriVox_recording_process | this section]].
 
For an outline of the recording process, please see [[How_LibriVox_Works#The_LibriVox_recording_process | this section]].
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== Listeners & Editors ==
 
== Listeners & Editors ==
Not all volunteers read for [[LibriVox]]. If you would prefer not to lend your voice to [[LibriVox]], you could lend us your ears. Some volunteers will post in the [https://forum.librivox.org/viewforum.php?f=21 Listeners and Editors Wanted] section and ask others to "proof listen" to their recordings. This helps us to catch mistakes we may have missed the first time around. Some volunteers choose to only record the content and ask others to edit out their mistakes.
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Not all volunteers read for [[LibriVox]]. If you would prefer not to lend your voice to [[LibriVox]], you could lend us your ears instead!
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All of our projects, whether short works, collaboratives or solos, go through a prooflistening (PLing) stage to catch any errors before they are catalogued.
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A ''DPL (Dedicated Proof Listener)'' signs up to listen to every recording of a project. Projects that are still looking for a DPL are marked with a ~ (tilde) in front of the title. In such projects, you can also offer to listen to individual files. Every bit helps!
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To find projects in need of proof listeners, either go through the book forums and look for the ~ (tilde), or check the [https://forum.librivox.org/viewforum.php?f=61 Proof Listeners or Editors Wanted] forum where we post projects that need help with PLing.
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See our [https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Guide_for_Proof-listeners Guide for Proof-listeners] for everything you need to know.
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Another way to contribute to [[LibriVox]] is to become an editor.
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In collaborative or solo projects, the readers usually edit their own recordings. However, our dramatic works - plays and dramatic readings (DR) - have become very popular over the years. Especially for dramatic readings editors for individual sections are always welcome. See our [https://forum.librivox.org/viewforum.php?f=27 Readers Wanted: Dramatic Works] forum for all our dramatic projects and simply ask in the thread if an editor is needed. Sometimes, the [https://forum.librivox.org/viewforum.php?f=61 Proof Listeners or Editors Wanted] forum also has posts asking for help with editing.

Latest revision as of 15:31, 20 January 2022

This guide is also available in: French / Ce guide est également disponible en Français.

Types of Projects

LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books that are in the public domain in the US (meaning out of copyright - sorry, no Harry Potter, no Lord of the Rings, and no Da Vinci Code, though we'd love to do Da Vinci's notebooks). Then we make the files available on the Internet, for free. We have several types of projects:

  • short works (prose and poetry): short pieces of less than 1 hour read by individuals
  • collaborative projects: many volunteers contribute by reading sections of a long text
  • solo projects: one volunteer reads an entire book (we prefer if you contribute to some collaborative projects first)

Where to Start

Most of what you need to know about LibriVox can be found on the LibriVox Forum and the FAQ. LibriVox volunteers are helpful and friendly, and if you post a question anywhere on the forum you are likely to get an answer from someone, somewhere within an hour or so. So don't be shy! Many of our volunteers have never recorded anything before LibriVox.

Before you visit the Forum, you might want to read this guide. The Forum is split into three main sections:

  • About LibriVox
    • What is LibriVox & FAQ (info about LibriVox, including FAQ)
    • New Here? Introduce Yourself! (if you feel like saying hello yourself or greeting our latest addicts, ahem... volunteers)
    • Post Your 1-Minute Test Recording Here (where to post your test to check the tech settings)
  • Volunteer For Reading & Other LibriVox things (where most of the volunteering happens).
    • Book Suggestions (want to see a book in our catalog - suggest it here, best with a link to an online text)
    • Readers Wanted: Short Works (Poetry & Prose) (for our weekly/fortnightly poetry and collections - a good place for newbies)
    • Readers Wanted: Books (our collaborative works are posted here - find chapters needing readers)
    • Readers Wanted: Dramatic Works (plays and dramatic readings, [OPEN] ones with roles to fill)
    • Readers Wanted: Languages Other than English (collaborative works in all languages except English looking for readers)
    • Readers Found (ongoing projects with all chapters assigned)
    • Going Solo (projects read by one person ; we request you record some shorter works before taking on a solo project)
    • Listeners & Editors Wanted (look for projects in need of proof listeners/editors)
    • Volunteers Wanted: Other Projects (threads for cover makers, app developers, wikipedia entries... )
    • Completed Books (threads of completed and catalogued books go here for safekeeping)
  • Help, Discussion & Suggestions
    • Languages other than English: Help, Discussion, & Suggestions (ask anything here in any language - some have dedicated threads)
    • Need Help? Got Advice (ask anything LibriVox related here)
    • Suggestions, Comments, News & Discussion (Staff Picks, LV anniversaries, "in memoriam" thread and other LibriVox related discussion)
    • Error Reports (caught an error in one of our catalogued books - post it here. NOT for style/reading complaints!)
    • Off-Topic (everything except LibriVox - is there such a thing??)

There are many, many other things you can do to help, so just jump right into the Forum. We're a friendly bunch, and you'll receive an answer pretty quickly.

For an outline of the recording process, please see this section.

For more on recording, see the Newbie Guide to Recording.

Listeners & Editors

Not all volunteers read for LibriVox. If you would prefer not to lend your voice to LibriVox, you could lend us your ears instead!

All of our projects, whether short works, collaboratives or solos, go through a prooflistening (PLing) stage to catch any errors before they are catalogued. A DPL (Dedicated Proof Listener) signs up to listen to every recording of a project. Projects that are still looking for a DPL are marked with a ~ (tilde) in front of the title. In such projects, you can also offer to listen to individual files. Every bit helps! To find projects in need of proof listeners, either go through the book forums and look for the ~ (tilde), or check the Proof Listeners or Editors Wanted forum where we post projects that need help with PLing.

See our Guide for Proof-listeners for everything you need to know.

Another way to contribute to LibriVox is to become an editor.

In collaborative or solo projects, the readers usually edit their own recordings. However, our dramatic works - plays and dramatic readings (DR) - have become very popular over the years. Especially for dramatic readings editors for individual sections are always welcome. See our Readers Wanted: Dramatic Works forum for all our dramatic projects and simply ask in the thread if an editor is needed. Sometimes, the Proof Listeners or Editors Wanted forum also has posts asking for help with editing.