Recording Audio/MP3 Books: Reservations, Information, and Completed Books

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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 ccel@calvin.edu, 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 all ready reserved; see below) could 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 $15 to $20 range if possible as real cheap microphones tend to have poorer 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 before you start recording the actual book itself. We ask that you record a brief greeting, provide your name, mention CCEL, and possibly give the date and some other information. Here's a link to an audio book that one of our volunteers recorded for CCEL: The True Vine.

Contact Ken Verhulst at ccel@calvin.edu if you have questions.

Audio Book reservations (Books that are currently being recorded)

Brother Mark has reserved Some Letters of St. Bernard Abbot of Clairvaux by St. Bernard Abbot (10/13/14)

Rene LaCroix has reserved Antichrist by A. W. Pink (5/15/14)

Lynn has reserved The Kneeling Christian (5/2/2014>

Saltbox has reserved Centuries by Thomas Thraheme (5/7/2014)

Leighton Garner has reserved On Diverse Matters Pertaining to the Inner Life

Audio Books that Have Been Completed:

Rene LaCroix has completed the following books:

1) Comfort for Christians by A.W. Pink

2) Golden Grain by John Wright Follett

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 Miracle of Christ : the Miracle of History by Pilip Schaff

7) The True Vine by Andrew Murray

Leighton Garner has completed the following books:

1. Spiritual Letters (also called Spiritual Progress)

2. 40 Spiritual Maxims

Kevin Spalding recorded the following books:

1) Rule of St. Benedict

2) Uniformity With God's Will

3) Introduction to the Devout Life

4) Spiritual Excercises

5) On Cleaving to God

6) Dark Night of the Soul

Brother Mark Dextraze recorded the following books:

1) Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougaal(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)

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