COMPLETED: Open Library Vision

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Post by Kristen » October 26th, 2005, 6:01 am

all audio files can be found on our catalog page:
http://librivox.org/the-open-library-by-brewster-kahle/


To complement the other works we've read for the Open Library, let's take tis' idea from another thread in the Discussion forum and make it real-- let's share the reading of Brewster Kahle's Open Library vision statement. (BK is the founder of the Internet Archive and Open Library projects.)

If we each read one short page (no need to read the librivox intro or chapter numbers) , I will edit them all together into one full-length piece and add the librivox intro and so on.

Everyone's welcome to join in. Having many voices will help highlight how many different organizations are working on the project. MSN has committted to scan in 150,000 book in 2006! Books can be printed via LuLu; Librivox is reading some of them, and so on.

The original is here: http://www.openlibrary.org/details/openlibrary

Sign up for your favorite page in the comments below.

PAGE LISTING
DONE - Acknowledgements - Kristen
DONE - Vision of an Open Library (2 pages) - Kara
DONE - From Book to Book - Brad
DONE - Selection - Squiddhartha
DONE - Non Destructive Scanning - Gord
DONE - Current Image Quality - kayray
DONE - Maintaining Quality - Sureka
DONE Cataloging - Eddie
DONE - Copyright -Alex
* Archival Storage - Sarah
DONE - Book Readers - Kristen
DONE - New Readers Possible - Squiddhartha
DONE - Print on Demand - Hugh
DONE - Internet Bookmobiles - Chris
DONE - 100 Dollar Laptop Project - tis
DONE - Audio Versions - Hugh
DONE - Books Accessible to All - Sally
DONE - Open Content Alliance - Kristen

E-mail me your file (WAV, MP3 or AIFF) when you've finished the reading. kristen@mediatinker.com or via YouSendIt: http://www.yousendit.com/?recipient=kristen@mediatinker.com
Last edited by Kristen on November 22nd, 2005, 6:41 pm, edited 19 times in total.
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Post by hugh » October 26th, 2005, 6:07 am

hey kristen,

good job!
I'll take the part about audio versions! heh.

hugh.

PS, we've been using
www.yousendit.com
to transfer big files, a very useful service.

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Post by hugh » October 26th, 2005, 6:30 am

oh kristen,

it may be better for archive to have each page as an indiv file, so that you can hear it as you read. as well as a complete fused file.

also, as we start to do all these Open Library books, we might want to find a way to have mp3s reading page by page, as these books are laid out in the archive.

let me ponder.

Hugh.

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Post by Kristen » October 26th, 2005, 6:51 am

Hugh, I knew you'd take the Audio Versions page. :-) Thank you.

Regarding the mp3s reading "page by page" for Open Libray books, I think it will be troublesome to generate and upload 100+ files per book. And that fine granularity could make the listening experience awfully choppy, as the MP3s are streamed and there's a bit of a delay (more or less depending on your bandwidth) as each file cues before playing.

Readers who are following along with the audio will realise when to click to turn the page in the browser, I imagine, and the delay for the page refresh will be shorter than for the streaming.

So even in this case of such a short book, I think a fused file will work better than one file per page. What does everyone else think?
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Post by kayray » October 26th, 2005, 7:51 am

I think one fused file for this one, and continuing to divide by chapter for longer works will be fine.

I'll do Vision of an Open Library (2 pages) and i'd be delighted to do anything else you care to assign.

Hmm, I'm not too impressed with the "Search" function... I typed in "books accessible to all" and it came up with "no matching results".

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Post by BradBush » October 26th, 2005, 8:06 am

Since I was the genisis, I will take a page too. From Book to Book. Another if you need me to do it.

Will send to Kristen via YouSendIt. BTW, there is a way to create a YouSendIt Link. Might be good for leaders to put on thier page. See this page: http://www.yousendit.com/solutions_filelink.aspx

Since we are fusing together, and are doing one page a peice, I am assuming we leave off the "Header" and "chapter titles", and just record the raw audio. Kristen please validate.

Brad

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Post by Squiddhartha » October 26th, 2005, 8:20 am

I'll do Selection, then!

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Post by alexfoster » October 26th, 2005, 2:48 pm

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Post by kayray » October 26th, 2005, 3:20 pm

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Post by tis » October 26th, 2005, 4:05 pm

I'll take the '100 Dollar Laptop'

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Post by Kristen » October 26th, 2005, 5:07 pm

Thanks, Kara & Alex. You are speedy deliverers!
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Post by Kristen » October 26th, 2005, 5:09 pm

BradBush wrote: Since we are fusing together, and are doing one page a peice, I am assuming we leave off the "Header" and "chapter titles", and just record the raw audio.
Yes, you're correct. No need to read the header and chapter numbers.
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Post by alexfoster » October 26th, 2005, 5:21 pm

kayray wrote:Alex! You beat me :)
Just so long as I didn't beat you to the same segment!
Thanks, Kara & Alex. You are speedy deliverers!
:)

I'm avoiding real work. And I'm avoiding my Thucydides and my Treasure Island chapter with all the dialogue. It's much easier to deliver on quick hits like this one!
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Post by Squiddhartha » October 26th, 2005, 6:41 pm

Finished! http://surly.org/librivox/open_library_selection.mp3

Holler if you need/want another page (though I agree that it would be cool to get as many voices as possible for this one).

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Post by Squiddhartha » October 26th, 2005, 6:42 pm

Arr, Alex, get t'work on yer Treasure Island, ye scurvy dog!

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