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I have been unhappy with Windows Media Center, in part because it seems to slow down my NEW Dell Laptop (not sure why) and I find the program lacks a level of ‚INTUITIVE‘ design/program interface, which I also hoping to find in a Media Center program – as well as one that does not slow down my computer!REGARDING CODECS – I consider myself to be a knowledgeable computer „user“, however until recently, I have not had the opportunity/need to broaden my knowledge beyond the simple user needs/tasks. But, I am now investing the time to learn the information necessary to create my own website(s) – which, I have found requires a broad base of information in order to create a SUCCESSFUL website. Therefore, I have yet to look up what codec’s ARE and/or offer the computer user, BUT am definitely familiar with the term and planned to take the time to look up the info on codec’s SOON because I have come accross the word multiple times lately. I would appreciate any knowledge you could provide that would enlighten me in this area! – post by Raquel Wheeler
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LibriVox wants all books in the public domain to be available, for free, in audio format, on the internet. We ask volunteers to record chapters of books in the public domain, and release them into the public domain. – post by Jay Dugger
Free audiobooks from the public domain. You can even offer your services as a narrator. – post by Andrew Dubber
Excellent site that provides free, public domain audio books read by volunteers. They have over 100 books currently in their catalog and more added regularly. The audio is free of all copyright restrictions and can be listened to, copied, distributed, modified, etc. etc.
Files are provided in mp3 or ogg vorbis format and are hosted at the Internet Archive. – post by Gord Mackenzie