Introducing “Book Oven”

The folks who brought you Librivox (one of our favs) are now rolling out a new site: Book Oven. The beauty of Librivox is that it has used crowdsourcing to produce the largest collection of free audio books on the web (and we’ve featured many of them in our collection of Free Audio Books). Book Oven takes crowdsourcing and does something a little different with it. It gives book lovers the power to participate in the writing, sales and distribution of new books. Above, Hugh McGuire, founder of Librivox, explains the concept of Book Oven more fully. (You’ll need to turn up the volume a bit.) The site is currently in alpha, and I suspect that you can watch it evolve during the months ahead. Watch Book Oven Blog to track its development.

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