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Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks
December 8, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Voice Dream reader appThe new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice Dream is a Buy, capital B, at the Apple App Store. Voice Dream 2.9.2 can handle zipped MP3s as well as audiobooks in Daisy, thanks to help from a Swiss library organization, and navigation and general usability are excellent, just as in the regular text-to-speech mode for ePub files and others. Dozen of optional voices in common languages work with the app, and my favorite is the UK-accented “Peter” voice...

What does an open-source book publishing platform look like? We’re about to find out
December 24, 2012 | 10:19 am

  PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire  refers to his company as “the indie rock band of ebooks startups,” which is why, unless you’ve been watching PandoDaily really closely, you wouldn’t have seen much of it in the media. Today, just like an indie band that relies on its fan base for its survival, two-year-old PressBooks has announced that it is making its free book publishing software open source. McGuire, a Montreal-based entrepreneur who also founded crowdsourced audiobooks publisher Librivox, hopes that third-party developers can help PressBooks expand the meaning and utility of ebooks... Read Full Article... Source: Pando Daily...

Digital audiobook services fail to catch on in e-book age
February 20, 2012 | 12:26 pm

audiobooksAre digital audiobook services non-starters? On FutureBook, Martyn Daniels posts about all the up-and-coming audiobook services FutureBook expected to take off, but subsequently didn’t. These aren’t just fly-by-night services, either; at least one of them offered quite reasonable pricing and readings by quite famous actors. With the infrastructure already existing and music MP3 going DRM-free, there was no reason that the public should not have adopted them, or so they thought. But it didn’t happen and instead the ebook lurched forward, took off and we forgot the audiobook. The reasons for the lost audio opportunity were...

LibriVox – free audiobooks in the public domain
July 26, 2010 | 9:50 am

Screen shot 2010-07-26 at 9.49.22 AM.pngThe subhead under the LibriVox title is "acoustical liberation of books in the public domain". According to their site: LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. Their catalog says that they have 3,136 books currently available. Go take a look. Via bookofjoe...