I’m always looking for good sites for my granddaughter to view when Nana needs a break. I’ve been pleased to find a proliferation of read aloud sites. However, while big sites where celebrities read picture books probably have received permission from the authors, I wonder about individual sites. There are numerous sites where people read aloud books that are still under copyright.
Reading aloud an author’s book is basically the same as photocopying and reselling it. You have taken a potential sale away from the author. As well, myself included, many authors like to post their own read alouds in hope that listeners will buy a copy of that book or another written by the author.
Many of these people are breaking copyright laws but some publishers/authors don’t bother going after them until they start getting large followings. There were a few in the tens of thousands that I wondered about but perhaps they acquired permission. Perhaps they just haven’t been caught yet.
You are allowed to read small snippets from books as part of a review or discussion. Most authors and publishers are grateful for the free promotion.
If you want to read a classic, like Peter Rabbit, simply verify that it is now in the public domain and you are good to go.
For more information (from Youtube)
Here is a link to a book read aloud I’ve reviewed, Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow, created by the author.
And here are my read-alouds. If you enjoy sharing them with a child, please like, comment, and subscribe to my youTube site. https://www.youtube.com/user/Bonnie0904
Too Quiet, Too Noisy read aloud
Rayne Shines read aloud
The Amida Tree read aloud