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Hi all, I am searching for that something that I want to do for the next half of my life as I retire from the military next March.  The closest thing that I guess I can call a passion is airplanes and aviation but especially military.  I was thinking that a good homebased business to start would be to narrate/ read old aviation books and make them available for download or cd purchase through the snailmail.  Has anyone got personal experience doing something like this?  I really need to get information or recommendations from the aspect of the type of computer hardware and software to use to do the recording etc.  

Another idea I had was to produce aviation greeting cards with a blank inside so that the sender could personalize it to the recipient.  Anyone with experience of these? 

I am really stretching here to figure out the "what's next" so I would appreciate your feedback.

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It's absolutely do-able, if the old books are old enough.  Pre-1923 should be public domain.  

Otherwise, you'll have to verify whether a copyright is in place before you can "read" them.

Some of the rest of the folks can recommend software to record the podcast, CD, or downloadable audio files.

Thanks for the reply Lee. Several of the books were printed in the late 1960's by Doubleday & Company which I believe was sold or went out of business not long after that. Any ideas on what to do in that case?
They're most likely still under copyright protection. Even if they're out of print they are probably not something you can use without permission. Cornell has some details and a downloadable pdf at:

http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
Thanks Lee, I will check this out. Have a good evening.

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