ezgo 的伙伴大家好，收到 LibroVox 的信，轉寄給伙伴們 (如下方的英文內容)。
我自己把 LibriVox 稱做英文有聲書，下方是我簡單的介紹與幾個範例。
高雄的李老師及一些伙伴將會投入 LibriVox 的志工行列。在此轉寄這封 email ，除了他們建議的捐款外，其實我們也可以加入朗讀的行列 (不只英文，中文也可以，但是他們要求要是公共財的題材才可以，
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM
Subject: LibriVox Needs Your Help
The following is an e-mail sent to you by an administrator of "LibriVox
Forum". If this message is spam, contains abusive or other comments you
find offensive please contact the webmaster of the board at the following
Include this full e-mail (particularly the headers).
Message sent to you follows:
Dear LibriVox Friends,
LibriVox needs your help. We have just launched a new funding drive, and if
you’d like to donate without hearing all the rest you can do so here:
Donate to LibriVox:
Note you can link to a blog post of this email here:
For those who need more convincing…keep reading!
# LibriVox History
LibriVox was started in August 2005 by a ragtag bunch of book lovers who’d
never met each other, who thought it might be fun to make audio versions of
public domain books and give them away for free on the Internet. By October
of 2005 we shocked ourselves by producing eight (8!) books, and had twenty
more on the go, and some 200 volunteers signed up to help us out.
Sometime around then, we then formalized our mission:
“To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio
format on the Internet.”
… and we got to work figuring out how to help more people make free public
# 7,000 Audiobooks, 100 Million Downloads
Since then, some 40,000 souls have registered on our volunteer forum, and
we’ve gone on to publish almost 7,000 free public domain audiobooks, in 29
different languages. Our books have been downloaded well over 100 million
times (last time we took stock of download numbers was more than a year
ago!). Some of our most popular titles have more than a million downloads.
We continue to work towards our goal of recording every public domain
audiobook, with almost no budget at all, with day-to-day LibriVox
activities — recording and making available public domain audiobooks —
continuing to run with no paid staff, but instead powered by thousands of
# LibriVox: an Oasis of Bookishness on the Internet
LibriVox has always been a kind of oasis on the Internet.
We have the most polite and friendly Internet Forum most people have ever
We don’t have a foundation, or professional fundraisers, or staff toiling
away somewhere. We don’t have offices, we don’t have lobbyists. We’ve been
taken under the wing of the Internet Archive (for legal and financial
reasons), but we operate completely independently, and we like it that way.
What we like doing is making audiobooks of public domain books, and giving
them away for free to anyone who wants them.
And we ask that you consider helping out so that we can focus on that — and
not on raising money!
# Our First Appeal for Help, Two Years Ago
Two years ago, LibriVox servers were hacked, which resulted in much pain
and suffering as we took stock of our systems, and tried to close up
security holes, and keep making audiobooks. We took a close look at the
mishmash of software — much of it built by LibriVox volunteers — that keeps
LibriVox running. It became clear that we needed to do a full revamp of our
creaking software infrastructure, and that we would need more than
volunteers to do this work. And further, we had to move to new, beefier
servers — which we had to pay for.
We appealed to the LibriVox community to raise some money, and were
successful – this money went mostly towards paying for servers (which ended
up being more expensive than expected).
The good news is that LibriVox infrastructure is now hosted on Internet
Archive — for free. So we no longer have direct server costs. (Though we do
need to keep a system administrator on retainer to keep the systems running
as smoothly as we can).
# Mellon Foundation Grant, A Year Ago
Last year we applied for, and got, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to
support a full rebuild of the LibriVox infrastructure, which will be
unveiled very soon.
# We Need Your Help Again
But now we need your help again.
Our technical infrastructure work was very big in scope. We have rebuilt
all the software that runs our project management systems, our cataloging
system, and our book uploading systems; in addition, we’ve done a complete
redesign & implementation of our website. All this will be revealed to the
public shortly… but there is more work to do.
We’d like your help to raise money to support the following things:
* technical infrastructure additions that were outside the scope of what we
could achieve with the Mellon grant
* ongoing system administration costs
* ongoing development support and improvements on our new software systems
* ensuring the LibriVox site is properly internationalized
* to make sure that volunteers don’t need to pay out of pocket for
big-ticket items that need paying for
Our 8-year anniversary is coming up, on August 10, 2013.
Our target is to raise $50,000 by then. Can you help?
Beyond August 10, we will continue to have a donation page on LibriVox
(something we have never had before)… which we hope will bring in a modest
amount of donations, enough to cover our ongoing costs.
This is made easier if we have a cushion in the bank so that LibriVox
volunteers don’t have to stay up at night worrying about how this or that
will be paid for.
# Can You Help?
So, what do you say?
Whether you’ve listened to one LibriVox book, or many, a small donation
will go a long way to helping us reach our goal. That has always been the
spirit of LibriVox: if many contribute a little, we can build something
big. (Of course, larger donations will also be received with enthusiasm if
you have the means).
And, even if you’ve never listened to a LibriVox book, but you believe in
making books accessible to the whole world, and you’d like to support our
work … well, we couldn’t be more grateful to you.
Please visit our Donate Page, and please spread the word to anyone you
think might be interested — by Email, Twitter or Facebook.
And on behalf of everyone at LibriVox: Thank you.
The LibriVox Team