In case you missed it, our little “active” title counter ticked over to 300 yesterday. That’s 300 freely available serialized audiobooks you are free to enjoy. We didn’t make a big stink about it for a couple of reasons.
First, 300 is a great number. We’re really proud. When I was busy shopping this idea around in mid 2005, I told the fantastic folks at Libsyn that I thought we might have 30 books some day. Thirty. Seems I was off by an order of magnitude. Yet they’ve been fabulous partners in this venture and haven’t complained once about carrying the extra load. Without Libsyn, we wouldn’t be here. So mad props to them.
But 300 is just the start. Fellow purveyor of free audiobooks Librivox boasts over 2,000 public domain titles available. Simply Audiobooks has over 11,000 titles you can rent in a Netflix-esque fashion. And Audible outsizes us all with over 50,000 titles available for purchase.
Second, our “counting” is a bit funny. And that makes it hard to point to which book earned the coveted 300th title. In reality, our database has 376 entries in it. Some books never got off the ground. Some books have been removed at the authors request. Some are under a sort of “suspension” because there’s been too few and far between. Some were removed because they never were — and never will be — completed. Occasionally, these titles a can come back live on our site, which happened to one today, pushing us to the fancy-looking 300 number.
So yes, I’m very happy to see us hit 300. But we’ll hold off on throwing a big party just yet. We still have some work to do. In the meantime, I hope you find many titles on our site to enjoy.