Help, Tips and Notes
Quick Start: Find a book at LibriVox
After launching the app:
- tap 'Find' in the bottom toolbar (or tap the 'Find some!' link that's on every screen when there are no books in your library)
- tap 'Search LibriVox'
- scroll the default result list until you see something interesting, or use the textbox at the top to search (Tip: search for a classic not a current bestseller. Details below.)
- tap on a LibriVox audiobook to get to the detail page
- scroll down below the image and description
- tap the gold button on the right: 'Add to applt1'
- (you may search for and add multiple books if you like)
- tap 'Done' at the bottom of the screen
Click 'Play' to listen!
LibriVox is an informal group of volunteers who record (narrate) books that are public domain in the US. These and other volunteers create and maintain the catalog, 'proof listen' the recordings, answer questions on the forum, and more. (I'm a long-time listener, and thank them heartily!)
SEE ALSO: the LibriVox section of the About page.
What books to expect at LibriVox
Books published in the US prior to 1923 are in the public domain, so expect to find well-known classics -- plus a wide variety of lesser-known works. Many remain as fresh and relevant as when they were written; others are interesting in part because of when they were written.
Some books published between 1923 and 1977 are public domain, and SciFi of this era is common at LibriVox.
SEE ALSO: the Public Domain section of the About page.
Narration at LibriVox
'Solo' books have a single reader (narrator).
'Collaborative' books might be a 'Dramatic Reading' with a different reader for each character, or may have several readers who each contributed one or more chapters.
Narration style and quality vary widely. Some readers are professionally trained actors (or amateurs who are equally skilled), others are not. Some readers may give you the same delight as being read to by a family member or friend, whereas others will likely not suit your preferences.
Readers come from around the world, and LibriVox features recordings in several dozen languages. Most readers narrate in their native language and dialect; others not. Some readers give distinct voices to each character; some do 'straight' reading ... others fall somewhere in between.
- British readers: English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
- Reader accents: US, UK, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, Europe, Asia, South America ... incomplete but useful!
Books from other sources
To add books from a source other than LibriVox, follow the instructions on the 'Find' page: "With your regular mobile Web browser, find a link to any RSS file, press down on it until a menu pops up, copy, return here, paste below and click the button."
Some audiobooks aren't available via RSS. If you send us a link, we'd be happy to see if there's an alternate way to load the book into Aplt1.
There are many apps for playing podcasts; it's likely that one of these will be a better fit since the whole design of Aplt1 is based around books.
Still, you can add a podcast via RSS using the copy/paste method described above. However, Aplt1 does not check for updates. You can manually copy/paste the URL again later; whatever is in the new file will replace whatever was in the previous file. (Most RSS files contain at least some history, so there's likely to be a large overlap of old and new.)
Aplt1 interface: 4 'Tabs' at the top
|A description of the book, plus genre, language (if other than English) and a link to the original LibriVox page.|
|The audio player, with rewind/forward by 5/30 seconds, title, current time and duration for the current chapter (or section), reader, number of the current chapter (or section) and total number of chapters (or sections), time remaining in the entire book. A progress bar shows the current time; tapping on a specific location will go to that time.|
|A list of chapter (or section) titles, with reader and duration.|
|An automatic list of timestamps for various actions, from the initial download.|
Aplt1 interface: 4 'Tools' at the bottom
|A list of books that you selected from LibriVox (or elsewhere). Shows the most recent timestamp and current chapter (if any). Landscape mode includes the book's cover image.|
|4 tabs described above.|
|A link to search LibriVox; instructions for adding other books.|
|General information on the app, a partial list of features, and some notes on Appletfab, LibriVox and the public domain.|
We welcome your feature requests, suggestions or other comments: firstname.lastname@example.org.