Hugh sez, "LibriVox, makers of free public domain audiobooks, has launched a fund-raising campaign to help pay for servers and other sundry costs.
LibriVox is the most prolific audiobook publisher in the world, putting out 75-100 books a month, all free, all public domain, all volunteer-read. The catalog currently stands at 3,179 books, in 29 languages."
They're after $20K, to pay for the servers, a site redesign, and a new back-end, and they say it'll last them for three years. I love the Librivox catalog, and this sounds like a good investment in its future. I kicked in $100.
We're asking for donations for the following:
- to cover hosting costs for our website (about $5,000/year)*, which includes:
- the site you are reading now;
- the forum;
- the wiki;
- the catalog;
- a whole lot of back-end software to host and process audio before it goes to the Internet Archive
- but does NOT include hosting audio files which is done by Archive.org
- to redesign the site and improve its accessibility
- to make the LibriVox catalog easier for listeners to use
- to make the management software easier for admins to use
We expect this fund-raising drive to sustain us for three years at least.