Acoustical Liberation of books in the public domain, and how you can help

For those of you following along, we’ve been working on podcasting some of our books.  So it’s only natural, during Audio Book Appreciation Month, that we’d plug audio books! When you start a project like this, especially if you’ve never really done it before, you either jump right in (read the books and buy a mic) or you look for the least threatening way in.

LibriVox is a great organization that can help you learn to podcast, without killing you. They have volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and publish the audio files on the internet. Their goal is to record all works in the public domain.

And everything they record is free to the public. Wow!

Their catalog so far is very extensive, but it’s growing every day.  If you have a special book you love, that’s being worked on, you can volunteer your talents, even if you don’t know anything about doing a podcast recording.  If there’s a book that’s out of copyright that’s not been recorded, or if you wish to do another version, you can post that book in the forum and get help starting that project.

Below is a little snapshot of the vigor, talent and wide ranging selection of material LibriVox deals with (including non-English works!)

Four Mothers at Chautauqua by Pansy, Alden, Isabella
Posted 6 hours ago

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, The by Khayyám, Omar
Posted 6 hours ago

Parting Guest, A by Riley, James Whitcomb
Posted 27 hours ago

Wit and Humor of America, The Vol 04 by Various
Posted 29 hours ago

Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue by Hope, Laura Lee
Posted 29 hours ago

Aljaska (Alaska) en de Canada-spoorweg by Anonymous, anoniem
Posted 40 hours ago

Aljaska (Alaska) en de Canada-spoorweg by Anonymous, anoniem
Posted 41 hours ago

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant by Grant, Ulysses S.
Posted 43 hours ago

Pursuit of God, The by Tozer, Aiden Wilson
Posted 43 hours ago

Alcatraz by Brand, Max
Posted 43 hours ago

The Blue Yeti THX Microphone, another step on the quest for better quality sound

For anyone wondering how our turning a book into podcasts (ie, an audiobook) is going . . . we present the Yeti, or as we like to call it, the Rooster.

Now, if you met this mic in person, you’d understand right away why it’s called Yeti. It’s about a foot tall and weigh about 3 pounds (so it makes a great little upper arm workout dumbell when it’s not a mic).  But you have to admit, from the side view . . . total Rooster.

It’s capable of way more than we need it to do currently, but when investing a piece of equipment, it’s always good to look into the future. If we purchased a straight out omindirectional condenser mic, it could have cost less. But for not that much more, we get great sound quality and a huge amount of versatility.

So, now we have the cock, we can start spreading a little bull.

Published in: on February 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Setting Small Goals Is the Key to Sanity in a Big World

A journey is made up of small, faltering steps filled most days with more hope than promise. And that’s okay. To reach your destination, you just have to keep taking the next step, day after day.

This year 2011, one of our next steps will podcasting one of our books. Many of you laugh, but Podcasting for Dummies was on our Christmas wish list and a dear brave soul took pity and bought it for us. We’ve stuffed the book in the bathroom, so everyone has to read it at least once a day.

There’s only so much time in life, we have to pick and choose how we’ll spend it. Podcasting a book in 2011 seemed a doable stop on our journey as publishers. If you read the MLK day post, you know, we’ve already taken the first step. From time to time we’ll let you know how it’s going, but we won’t be making the casts available till at least 3 of the chapters are ready to go.

For those who are interested, we can already state, it’s not going to be a dramatically voiced edition. We have never liked audiobooks that have been play acted out. It’s distracting and makes the story hard to follow. A simple reading is always best, because it sets the imagination of the listener free to do what it will.

Published in: on January 19, 2011 at 7:54 AM  Leave a Comment  
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