COMPLETE: The American Postal Service by Louis Melius -jo

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silverquill
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Post by silverquill » April 3rd, 2015, 6:21 pm

The American Postal Service, Second Edition by Louis Melius (1844 - 1923).

This project is now complete. All audio files can be found on our catalog page here:
https://librivox.org/american-postal-service-2nd-edition-by-louis-melius

The history of the postal service in the United States goes back to the colonial period, but was established more formally with the issuing of postage stamps and regular delivery. Through small vignettes, this history is traced with attention to some of the more obscure, but fascinating aspects of the postal service and related topics, as well as the major aspects of the service. ( Larry Wilson)
    1. How to claim a part, and "how it all works" here To find a section to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are "up for grabs." Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which section you would like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
    2. New to recording? Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
    3. Is there a deadline? We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim. Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it'll go back to the pool. There's no shame in this; we're all volunteers and things happen.Please do not sign up for more sections than you can complete within the two month deadline.
    4. Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/48014/48014-h/48014-h.htm
    5. Please claim sections (the numbers in the first column below)! If this is your first recording, please let me know under which name or pseudonym you'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal website/blog.

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    6. Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Louis Melius) : http://www.myheritage.com/names/louis_melius


      Genres for the project: *Non-fiction/History /Modern (19th C)

      Keywords that describe the book:

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    7. BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430

      Set your recording software to:
      Channels: 1 (Mono)
      Bit Rate: 128 kbps
      Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
    8. DURING recording:
      No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
      Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
      START of recording (Intro)
      • "Section [number] of The American Postal Service, Second Edition. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
        If you wish, say: "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
        Say:
        "The American Postal Service, Second Edition, by Louis Melius. Chapter [number, Title] Part [number]"

        END of recording

        At the end of the section, say:
        "End of Section [number] "
        If you wish, say:
        "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
        At the end of the book, say (in addition):
        "End of The American Postal Service, Second Edition, by Louis Melius. "

      There should be 5 seconds silence at the end of the recording, or 10 seconds for files longer than 30 minutes.

      Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
    9. AFTER recording
      Need noise-cleaning?
      Listen to your file through headphones. If you can hear some constant background noise (hiss/buzz), you may want to clean it up a bit. The new (free) version 1.3.3. of Audacity has much improved noise-cleaning. See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide.
      Save files as
      128 kbps MP3
      postalservice_##_melius_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. postalservice_01_melius_128kb.mp3)
    10. Example ID3 V2 tags (NOTE: ID3 tags are now optional - Readers don't need to add them as they are added automatically during cataloging)
      (To find out more about ID3 tags, go to our wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/What_is_ID3)
      Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use – if you are unsure about ID3 tags, send me a message). Please mind upper and lower case!
      Artist: Louis Melius
      Title: ## - [Section title]
      Album: The American Postal Service, Second Edition

      Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloguing stage.
      Transfer of files (completed recordings) Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file. Also, post the length of the recording (file duration: mm:ss) together with the link.
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      • You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: knotyouraveragejo
      • When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread.
      • If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.



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      Please post below
Last edited by silverquill on April 6th, 2015, 8:12 pm, edited 2 times in total.
~ Larry

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Post by nickbulka » April 4th, 2015, 11:40 am

I'll DPL for you this time buddy.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » April 4th, 2015, 12:13 pm

I've set this up for you Larry, but I have a question about the author. What evidence do you have that the Louis Melius at the link you provided is our guy?

edited to add: also please note that I've shortened the suggested filenames. :)
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Post by nickbulka » April 4th, 2015, 2:07 pm

knotyouraveragejo wrote:I've set this up for you Larry, but I have a question about the author. What evidence do you have that the Louis Melius at the link you provided is our guy?
this obit may help: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31596726
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » April 4th, 2015, 2:34 pm

Thanks
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Post by silverquill » April 4th, 2015, 2:49 pm

Just a quick pit stop at home. I'll check on the author, Jo. I did quite bit of searching, but I'll take another look. Thanks so much or jumping in as MC!

And, Nick! Great to partner with you again. Thanks.

I'll set up the MW later this evening.

All the best,
~ Larry

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Post by silverquill » April 4th, 2015, 6:25 pm

nickbulka wrote:
knotyouraveragejo wrote:I've set this up for you Larry, but I have a question about the author. What evidence do you have that the Louis Melius at the link you provided is our guy?
this obit may help: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31596726
Thanks, Nick!

So this link and the one I gave are for the same person - - same dates, places and wife. The Find a Grave site does mention this particular book as being his work. So, if you think it would be better in the link, that's fine with me!
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Post by silverquill » April 4th, 2015, 7:05 pm

- Thanks for changing the file name to a shorter format - on my list to do.

- Since I've had to divide the long chapters into smaller sections, I've change the intro and outro to reflect this. Does this format look okay?

-Magic Window is complete, so I think we are ready to move over to Readers Wanted.

Thanks again for your help.
~ Larry

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » April 5th, 2015, 9:12 am

For the intro and outro, how about the following:

"Section [number] of The American Postal Service, Second Edition. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
If you wish, say: "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
Say:
"The American Postal Service, Second Edition, by Louis Melius. Chapter [number, Title] Part [number]"

END of recording

At the end of the section, say:
"End of Section [number] "
If you wish, say:
"Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
At the end of the book, say (in addition):
"End of The American Postal Service, Second Edition, by Louis Melius. "

In the MW, in the title field put only the Chapter #, Title, Part #. Move the description of what parts to read within each chapter to the Notes section.
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Post by silverquill » April 6th, 2015, 8:14 pm

Jo!

This makes sense! I should have done my homework better. Now that you spell it out, I know I have seen other projects done in a similar way. This helps me so much! Thank you!

See if the changes I made look okay now.
~ Larry

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » April 6th, 2015, 9:54 pm

Looks good. Moving to Readers Wanted.
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Post by Jially » April 10th, 2015, 8:11 am

Hi! May I claim Chapter 1? And I have a quick questions related to that: as I was skimming over the table of contents, I noticed that the "Latest Facts" section is listed under Chapter 1. But it's not actually part of Chapter 1. Would I read that section?

Thanks!
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Post by silverquill » April 10th, 2015, 8:31 am

Hi! I've put you in for Section One

Good questions about the table of contents. I think that must be an error on the part of whomever put that together. So do not include it. Begin reading with General Postal History.

Thanks for claiming one of our larger sections and getting us off to a start. I hope you enjoy it.
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Post by Jially » April 11th, 2015, 9:01 am

silverquill wrote:Good questions about the table of contents. I think that must be an error on the part of whomever put that together. So do not include it. Begin reading with General Postal History.

Thanks for claiming one of our larger sections and getting us off to a start. I hope you enjoy it.
All right! Thanks :) I've found that I'm better at reading straightforward narrative than works with dialogue, so I'm always glad when works like this turn up!
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Post by msfry » April 11th, 2015, 11:14 am

I'd like to claim 3, 4 and 5. My husband works for the USPS, as a career maintenance mechanic. We are always discussing whether rural areas would get mail in a private system vs a government operated system. I say they would be served, and more efficiently, he says they wouldn't! Maybe this will settle it. :)
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