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Because stories are traditionally told through word of mouth, they are at risk of getting lost from one generation to the next. A new app called StoryPress seeks to safeguard these personal tales by letting people capture and share them online.

Users can record their stories by either freely talking into the app, or choosing a preset topic to get interviewed by StoryPress, according to its Kickstarter page. Subjects range from happy moments such as weddings and first jobs to life obstacles such as cancer.

After selecting a topic, users simply read the questions (there are 10 to 15 in total) and say the answers aloud. StoryPress records their voice and turns the responses into an audiobook. Once the story is completed, it’s automatically saved to the cloud. Recordings can be set to private or publicly shared with the StoryPress community.

So far, the project has raised just over $4,200 of its $15,000 goal on Kickstarter. Developer Mike Davis says he plans to incorporate music, photos and video into StoryPress 2.0. with the added funds.

What do you think of StoryPress? How does it compare to similar apps such as StoryWorth? Tell us in the comments, below.

Image courtesy of Kickstarter, StoryPress