Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Podiobooks: listen to episodes of novels on your MP3 player, and decide how much you'd like to pay

Listen up! Here's the promise makes... and they deliver on it! 'Free serialized audio books, delivered on your schedule.'

The concept is simple.
  • Most of the authors on the system release their works under a Creative Commons license.
  • You choose the novel or novels you'd like to listen to, and choose a download schedule. (For instance, you might want to listen to one book in weekly episodes, and another in daily doses. Done!)
  • If you like what you're hearing, you decide how much money you'd like to pay, and you simply head for the site and make a donation. Podiobooks gets some of the dosh, and the author gets the rest.
  • And if you decide not to spend a red cent on the purple prose, you don't get blacklisted as an intellectual-property thief.
So take a listen. As of this writing, there are 19 titles on the site, with more than 300 episodes ready for you to ram down your ears for free! You hear me?

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