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.
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!