SFFaudio News is looking for some money. About two weeks ago I got this guilt-inducing email:

Dearest LibriVox listeners, volunteers, & supporters:

For four-and-a-half years, LibriVox volunteers have been making audiobooks for the world to enjoy, and giving them away for free. We’ve made thousands of free audiobooks that have been downloaded by millions of people; our site gets 400,000 visitors every month. To date, all our costs have been borne by a few individuals, with some generous donations and support from partners. However, these costs have become too big.

For the first time (and hopefully for the last time for at least another four-and-a-half years) we’re asking for your support, for a $20,000 fund-raising campaign.

Find out more about why we are raising money, and about how you can donate by following this link:

Thanks for all your wonderful work over the years, and here’s to many many more free public domain audio books.


Then yesterday we got a personalized tweet from LibriVox founder Hugh McGuire himself:

@SFFAudio any chance for a plug for the LirbiVox fundraiser?

That was the clincher. Ack! It made me feel sooooo guilty! And, after reviewing my finances, I realized that I could only send in a measly $20 USD.

I feel really ashamed that my donation wasn’t more.

LibriVox is in my thoughts and in my ears nearly every day of the week. I should have sent those hard working LibriVoxateers more money!

And, in my defense, I normally would. But, things being as they are, I haven’t sold anything on either Craigslist or eBay for a while and so my USD funds are rather sadly depleted. It would take one thousand more donations of the size of mine for LibriVox to reach its $20,000 funding goal. So I ask that you, if you have it to spare, make a donation to LibriVox. If not for them, than for me, because I feel so goddamn guilty and I don’t like feeling this way.

Click HERE to help.


Posted by Jesse Willis

3 thoughts to “ Fundraiser”

  1. Oh well..shit…I feel your pain.
    I feel so guilty about ALL the places I have enjoyed and need to send a donation to.
    My only answer is to take things one at a time and do what I can do a little at a time..
    Spreading it out that way waters it down, I know… but what can I do?.
    My Ebay sales haven’t been exactly jumping these days either and overhead is squeezing me dry..
    It’s all kind of a domino effect for everyone…….

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