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Serials Solutions® has reached agreement to index the LibriVox collection of free audiobooks for discovery in the Summon® service. The world’s largest producer of public domain audiobooks, LibriVox offers more than 5500 separate works. Most are classic fiction, but there are also landmark philosophical, religious, political and scientific texts, as well as plays and shorter works such as poetry.
The LibriVox collection consists entirely of volunteer-created, spoken-word versions of works that are in the public domain. Most titles are in English, but to date there are more than 800 non-English language titles. While Chinese, French and German are the most popular languages other than English, there are more than 30 languages represented in all.
During April of this year, LibriVox announced that it had surpassed 100 million downloads of its offerings and had received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will go toward building the technical infrastructure, improving the organization’s Web site and supporting the efforts of its volunteers to create more titles.