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Traveling Classics: synchronized text & audio on your iPhone

Thanks to a comment left by D. Wittkower, I learned about Traveling Classics, a very interesting new player in the  Text Synchronized Audiobook market. If you’d like to try this Apple app for free, check here for a free Friday the thirteenth download of The Tell-Tale Heart! UPDATE: Traveling Classics will keep the Tell-tale Heart as a  FREE download due to popular demand. Please post and let us know what you think of Text Synchronized Audiobooks! Here’s more:

Traveling Classics wouldn’t be anything without its books. They are the core feature of our offering. So when we were going to launch we had a tough choice ahead of us to pick the handful of classics to start with. We wanted to choose a selection that would be large enough for us to be taken seriously and for the product to be a success, but of course we didn’t have time to do all 1,800 Librivox recordings.

So we starting looking for our favorites. Plus, we scoured the web looking for any lists of the most popular books in classic literature. This left us with about 24 titles. We then went and listened to the recordings of each of these to determine which were of a high enough quality for consideration. We only wanted recordings made with a single narrator and where the readers voicing seemed to fit the general feel and type of the novel. We now had our 7 books.

Treasure Island

Art of War

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Pride and Prejudice

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

We then began the process of taking these recordings, cleaning them up to remove any audio that would be distracting when listening to the book all the way through. Then we added them to our player and shipped them off to Apple. We hope you like them.

Good luck to this four-day-old enterprise!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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  1.' D. Wittkower says:

    Thanks for mentioning this. I wanted to check out their applications, but didn’t feel like spending $1 for a free audiobook. Hm. That sounds more negative then I meant it to.

    Anyhow, I think their product is very nice. The text is very readable, scrolls smoothly — and I was pleased to see that you can drag up and down in the text as the audio continues, and it snaps right back to the current spot in the audio. Their bookmarking function is great too, and the interface is definitely a value added as well. I’m also pleased to see that they acknowledge both the narrator and in the “info” screen in the application. Well done, and classy.

    Thanks for mentioning it. Hopefully they’ll release one of mine!

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