August 25, 2010 NEW YORK, NY—During this June’s American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Random House Audio, in partnership with OverDrive, Inc. and First Book, recorded a “community sourced” audiobook of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In a recording studio set up inside OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile, 301 amateur narrators voiced Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow one paragraph at a time.
The recording features an introduction/author’s note read by 2010 Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead (author of When You Reach Me), as well as readings by Dennis Lehane, Ken Burns, and Cory Doctorow, among other award winning children’s, young adult and adult authors, librarians attending the conference, DC locals and visitors.
Random House partnered with OverDrive (the leading provider of downloadable media to libraries) and First Book (an organization that provides books to underprivileged children, families and schools) to help spread the word about digital audiobooks. The finished recording will be available on www.firstbook.org/wizard with all proceeds benefiting First Book.
Random House Audio will be donating 5,000 children’s audiobooks to First Book as part of the project.