|06-20-2005, 09:15 PM||#1|
Recovering Gadget Addict
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Free Audio Books
Almost exactly one year ago, we pointed you to AudioBooksForFree. It looks like they're alive and well, and they continue to add books. The web site is a bit busy, but it's enough to get you to the audiobooks.
Previously, most of their books were machine read. Don't know if that's still true, but it does look like they have a lot of books there.
Maybe a better source is the Gutenberg project, which also has audio books available for free, some by machine readers and some by human readers.
And don't forget that almost any pda with a memory card can hold and play mp3s. Add a car adapter kit, you can listen to these audiobooks on your car's audio system while you commute. (Any electronics store has car adapter kits for about $20 that connects to your pda's headphone jack to a cassette deck or broadcasts FM radio).
|06-20-2005, 10:50 PM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC
Device: Kindles: KK, PW & Fire Nooks: Color & GlowLight, Libre Pro, eb1150
Has anyone else been trying this? I know I was surprised the first time I heard the artificial voice reading a book at gutenberg. Of course it makes sense from a time/money perspective and as technology improves they'll sound better. Still I was unable to get through one. The harsh, unfeeling and never wavering voice makes for an inhuman experience
<Joshua> Would you like to play a game? </Joshua>
|06-20-2005, 11:09 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Device: Assorted older devices
On OSX, it's quite easy to create your own computer-read ebooks... If they're a plain text file.
say -v voice -f ~/file.txt -o ~/file.aiff
|06-21-2005, 06:24 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2005
Get your Palm to read the text
You could get the Palm to read the book in text format to you using HipTalk, a text to speech synthesizer:
You can find it on Palmgear
|12-03-2008, 07:57 AM||#5|
Join Date: Nov 2007
HipTalk - Still out there ?
I have been searching for text-to-speech engines for Palm os 5
and HipTalk 2.0 seems to be the best solution that is or rather was around.
Sadly there is (and has been for some time) just a downloadable demo.
As I would really like to purchase the full program:
Is there anyone who knows a way to purchase it nowadays or would be willing to sell me his/her licence?
Get in touch ..
|07-01-2009, 08:45 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Free audio book in video
I've been part of a very innovative project involving audio books.
It's a musical fantasy audio book. Innovative because it's incorporated with graphics and photos of dragons. wolves, dark mercenaries...and strong music backgrounds presented in videos.
You can download the videos for FREE or watch in streaming mode directly from the www.musicaltales.com website.
Take a look for yourself.
|07-01-2009, 11:42 AM||#8|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: South of the Border
Could you please repost this in Writers' Corner and in the Deals/Freebies forum as I think there are quite a few fantasy fans on MR who would like this very well thought out and put together idea
|07-01-2009, 01:03 PM||#9|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Near Seattle
Device: kindle1, K3, K3G (thanks MR), iTouch, Kindle Touch
Many U.S. libraries also offer "free" audiobooks for checkout and download.
Recently, both the Overdrive and Netlibrary library servers have started offering MP3s (which work on iPod and iTouch) as well as WMA which work on other brands like Sanza. If you're in the U.S., check it out.
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