Recording Audio/MP3 Books: Reservations, Information, and Completed Books
CCEL is always looking for volunteers to read/record our books in order to make them available to the public in MP3 format. Volunteers might be surprised at how easy this task is, and recording books is a valuable resource for many of our members who are visually impaired or just enjoy listening to audio books.
To get started, find a book in the CCEL that you would like to read, setup a microphone and a recording program on your computer, and read a small section of the book to create an MP3 file. Email us the sample file at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll listen to it and possibly provide some feedback. Any book at CCEL that does not already have an MP3 version (and books that are already reserved; see below) could be recorded, but it's probably best to start with a shorter book.
You can download free Software to record the book. We suggest Audacity, but there are hundreds good of options.You will also need a microphone which can be purchased for less than $5, but we suggest getting a microphone in the $20+ range if possible as cheap microphones tend to have poorer sound quality.
When you create the recording, ensure that you are saving the file as a MP3. It's probably a good idea to listen to a couple of the book audio recordings we have available to get an idea of what we are looking for. You will also need to record an 'introduction' to your book. We ask that you record a brief greeting, provide your name, mention CCEL, and possibly give the date of the recording, the edition of the book, and other pertinent. Here's a link to an audio book that one of our volunteers recorded for CCEL: The True Vine.
Contact Ken Verhulst at email@example.com if you have questions.
Audio Book reservations (Books that are currently being recorded)
Tracy has reserved The Master's Indwelling by Andrew Murray (6/30/14) and E.M. Bounds book: "The Weapon of Prayer" (7/6/2015)
Brother Mark has reserved Ascent to Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross (7/21/15)
Lynn has reserved The Kneeling Christian (5/2/2014>
Leighton Garner has reserved both The Christian Life by John Calvinand Westminster Confessions of Faith
Completed Audio Books
Brother Mark Dextraze recorded the following books:
1) Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougal(6/25/14)
2) The Cloud of the Unknowing [anonymous](9/30/2014)
3) The Mind's Road to God by Bonaventure. (9/30/14)
4) Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvauz by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. (July 9, 2015)
Leighton Garner has completed the following books:
1) Spiritual Progress (also called Spiritual Letters) in 5 parts by 3 authors. This section has writings by Pere La Combe.
2) Spiritual Progress (also called 40 Spiritual Maxims ) in 5 parts by 3 authors. This section has writings by François Fénelon.(June 30, 2010)
Rene LaCroix has completed the following books:
1) Comfort for Christians by A.W. Pink
2) Golden Grain by John Wright Follette
3) The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink
4) The Deeper Christian Life by Andrew Murray
5) The Monkey Who wouldn't Kill by Henry Drummond
6) The Person of Christ: Miracle of History by Pilip Schaff
7) The True Vine by Andrew Murray
8) The Antichrist by A. W. Pink
Kevin Spalding recorded the following books:
1) Rule of St. Benedict by St. Benedict
2) Uniformity With God's Will by St. Alphonsus
3) Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis of Sales
4) Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola
5) On Cleaving to God by Albert the Great
6) Dark Night of the Soul bySt. John of the Cross
Rich Strange has completed the following books:
1) Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith (8/11/2015)
Tracy recorded the following books:
1) Centuries by Thomas Traherne
*1st Century completed 2/16/15
*2nd Century completed 3/12/15
*3rd Century completed 6/25/15