"From the earliest days of Brigham Young Academy, the spoken word has enriched the spiritual and educational environment at BYU. From devotional, fireside, and other addresses, students have been inspired by prophets and apostles, university presidents and professors, and distinguished campus visitors.
In the fall of 1952 the Extension Services department and Delta Phi began publishing individual speeches in pamphlet form and selling them at 15 cents per talk—enough to recover costs. Twenty years later, the university began publishing the addresses in annual volumes, which continue to be sold today. Such materials, coupled with radio and television broadcasts, have extended the reach of these messages far beyond a campus audience.
In the mid-1990s BYU Publications & Graphics first launched a BYU Speeches website, which offered free text files of devotionals and firesides. Audio files and other formats were later added, leading to millions of downloads each year. The current site represents the fourth generation of the site. It is a cooperative effort of many campus departments and divisions, including Advancement, Publications & Graphics, BYU Broadcasting, and the Office of Information Technology."