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April 11, 2006



Hi, curious about what this means: "21 Volunteers make upthe Librivox peer group at the moment"? in fact we have 1,200 registered volunteers, with probably 30% (?) of that number active; so, say, 400 active volunteers. That up from a party of one in August 2006.

Of that group there are about 15 really active admin and another 25 really active volunteers; so about 40 core; 400 active; and 1200 registered volunteers.

The growthrate has been exponential:
50 volunteers on oct 15
95 by nov 15
200 by dec 15
525 by jan 15
840 by feb 15
1050 by march 15
1240 as of today (april 11)

seems growth has leveled off; however our book production now has reached critical mass & we are churning out finished products regularly now; so our catalog of 40-odd full-length titles will grow quickly in the coming months.

But I suspect we have reached only a very small group of tech-savvy people ... whether we go to the next level is hard to say. growing much bigger will also cause some organizational & management problems ... but i suppose we'll deal with that if/when we get there.

thanks for the interest.


alan moore

Dear Hugh,

Thanks for the information. I was pulling off what you had on the site. It is great to get such accurate clarification. :-)

Can you give me more details about your business model and how you might plan to grow?

we can do this offline if you want.

I have become very interested in the consequences of peer production (read the posts in the post), and the issues around a dynamic business model which employs such a process.

I am talking to a number of companies at the moment, from a research perspective, on how they are engagin the internet, communities, and a new way of collaborating through peer production to the next level of business.

all the best

Alan Moore

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hi alan,

no business model: we're non-commercial/public domain (like project gutenberg/wikipedia), don't plan on making any money ever.

but I'd be happy to share some of the (interesting, I think) insights I've gotten over the life of librivox to date. you could send me an email to the above address if you like.


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