Reading expands the mind and offers an escape from the present world, but in today’s busy world, it is often hard to find time to sit down with a good book. LibriVox is a website that provides free audio-books from the public domain.

I highly recommend LibriVox as a way to listen to some of the world’s most classic literature while on the go. I listened to The Island of Doctor Moreau while playing my MMO over Christmas. Each chapter of the version I heard was recorded by different people from all over the world, with all sorts of varying English accents. There is no diction test to be allowed to record for LibriVox, and while I did not have any issues with the recording I sampled, some people who have not been exposed to various accents might find some of the readers difficult to understand. In all honesty, though, I personally had no problems, and I delight in the idea of the collaborative effort of LibriVox to make public domain literature as widely available as possible.

What’s nice about Steampunk is that many of the seminal works that make the foundations of our subculture are now in the public domain. Because the works of writers like H.G.Wells, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Mary Shelly, and Charles Dickens are now in the public domain, they are present on LibriVox for your auditory and literary pleasure.

So, this weekend, consider expanding your exposure to great works of literature through LibriVox. I’m sure that you will be glad that you did.