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Post by BellonaTimes » March 6th, 2011, 10:38 am

anyone listen to the stuff on librivox ever? A lot of it is really bad, plus it's all really old books so it's boring, but I thought moby dick was pretty good, if you don't mind community theater acting.

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Post by Availle » March 6th, 2011, 2:41 pm

Isn't it great that our goal is to "record all books in the public domain" and not to "make everybody out there happy"...

He does not appear to be a great literary connaisseur, so... let's not worry about the great unwashed... :wink:
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Post by Timothy Ferguson » March 7th, 2011, 7:04 am

earthcalling wrote:
Must admit, I had a serious internal reaction (quite aside from the text) against the words "get LibriVox to".
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Well, that I'm not interested in the subject matter aside, the bit where they refer to us as "attention whores seeking future voiceover work" doesn't seem like the most flattering of approaches.
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Post by FNH » March 16th, 2011, 7:59 am

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Post by earthcalling » March 21st, 2011, 11:31 am

This treatment of The Riot Act pleases me... :D ... not least because it was such an odd piece to record, not one you'd expect to get many listeners.

http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20110321003706577

In the article, there's a link to the sound file.

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Post by Nullifidian » May 1st, 2011, 9:01 am

On the one hand, it's hardly surprising to find LibriVox mentioned at Archive.org, but they did give an LV recording of Around the World in 80 Days a shout-out here:

http://www.archive.org/post/337580/internet-archive-needs-your-help

I think the more important part of that page is their plea for funding to support a program which employs poor and out of work people to scan books. Now, I have no relationship to Archive.org except for the fact that my voice has been uploaded to it ;) but I sent them $20 because they're such a great resource and that program is a superb idea.

I'm also pleased they're using an additional source for online donations other than PayPal, because PP lost my support entirely when they collaborated in the suppression of Wikileaks. :thumbs:

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Post by jollyrogered » May 11th, 2011, 7:20 am

"If you dont libri, you not living, man." From FallibleMe's blog.

Best quote ever.

Ive met a lot of people over time that have adored Librivox, and I've gotten many hooked. People just get this idea about "classics" into their head and are automatically repulsed by it, which is such a shame, because HP Lovecraft is hardly comparable to Tolstoy, both they are both classics. Wilkie Collins is nothing like Shakespeare, etc. Then they get this idea of "perfection" into their heads, was that a dog barking in the backround? For shame! I, on the other hand, always smile when I hear that sort of thing. It keeps it real.

But then, you never can make everyone happy. I have an equal number of friends that hate and love the way the The Hunger Games was read. Its all about your interpretation of the way you want to hear it, but once you let go over any predetermined sounds in your head, you've got some nice, FREE, easy listening.

Besides its a hobby. I dont understand joggers. The thought seems absolutely hideous to me. I love working out, I despise jogging. That doesnt mean that I berate joggers on their poor form while I'm sitting on my porch though! Bunch of armchair generals!
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Post by Timothy Ferguson » May 11th, 2011, 7:38 am

earthcalling wrote:This treatment of The Riot Act pleases me... :D ... not least because it was such an odd piece to record, not one you'd expect to get many listeners.

http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20110321003706577

In the article, there's a link to the sound file.

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One thing I really love about Librivox is that you can record any kind of obscure thing, and somewhere in the world there are a couple of hundred people who want to listen to it.

My first recording was Literary Taste: How to Form It. I thought "Hey, might as well try this out, no-one will ever want to listen to this." and then when I read it I found out it was actually a funny and charming little book. I signed up to LibraryThing today and found a positive review of my read hidden in there, and the LV book club listened to it last month, and someone has done a lovely cover for it, and 3 000 people have downloaded it from Archive.

So, I think its great that all kinds of obscure little things can find an audience. Once I get through the matathon slog that is my current Solo, I'm going to do all kinds of wacky little books. There's this pamphlet in Gutenberg for taffy pulling machines that I'm going to record, for example... 8)
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Post by BellonaTimes » May 11th, 2011, 7:27 pm

Nullifidian wrote: I think the more important part of that page is their plea for funding to support a program which employs poor and out of work people to scan books.
A pity that they occasionally do such a sloppy job of it; I've seen blurred copy, missing pages, gloved fingers on images, mis-labeled books, etc I have actually spent days photographing images for microfiche (temp job at real estate company many moons ago) and I know how dull it is, but if you're being paid to something as important as this, sloppiness is neither admirable nor acceptable.

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Post by FNH » June 9th, 2011, 11:33 am

Librivox got a name check in the end credits of the "19 Nocturne Boulevard" podcast, in the 2 B R 0 2 B episode :D
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Post by Nullifidian » June 10th, 2011, 7:50 am

BellonaTimes wrote:A pity that they occasionally do such a sloppy job of it; I've seen blurred copy, missing pages, gloved fingers on images, mis-labeled books, etc I have actually spent days photographing images for microfiche (temp job at real estate company many moons ago) and I know how dull it is, but if you're being paid to something as important as this, sloppiness is neither admirable nor acceptable.

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I must say that I've never seen a book scanned and uploaded by Archive.org employees that has been badly done. They're always the ones I go to first. Are you sure the ones you're complaining about are actually scanned by Archive.org and are not the "community texts" or the texts originally scanned by Google and uploaded to Archive? Those, especially Google's (who can afford to make better scans), are the ones I despair of when I see them pop up in my searches.

For example, Google's copy:
http://www.archive.org/details/cuentosclsicosd02halegoog

Archive's copy:
http://www.archive.org/details/cuentosclsicos00poeeuoft

As soon as you "open up the book" with the Read Online link, you can see the difference. And here, for our purposes, it's a difference that makes a difference. You can't even tell who the translator is in the Google scan because somebody has slipped something over the name, but Archive's scan is not only perfect but easier on the eyes.

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Post by Starlite » June 10th, 2011, 11:15 am

Nullifidian wrote: For example, Google's copy:
http://www.archive.org/details/cuentosclsicosd02halegoog

Archive's copy:
http://www.archive.org/details/cuentosclsicos00poeeuoft

As soon as you "open up the book" with the Read Online link, you can see the difference. And here, for our purposes, it's a difference that makes a difference. You can't even tell who the translator is in the Google scan because somebody has slipped something over the name, but Archive's scan is not only perfect but easier on the eyes.
WOW that difference is significant!

I wonder why such a difference? I scanned this book using my cheap $80 printer/scanner/photocopier and got better results than google! :shock: :roll:

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Post by gypsygirl » June 10th, 2011, 3:59 pm

It almost looks like a scan of a photocopy; at the very least, they went with a black and white scan, rather than colour or greyscale, which is what Archive did.
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Post by earthcalling » July 9th, 2011, 7:31 am

The Guardian newspaper features a shout for LibriVox.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/08/tubular-fells-coven-wigan-reader-tips

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Post by RuthieG » July 9th, 2011, 7:33 am

Nice spot, David. I suppose we won't be getting a shout out in the NotW now... :lol:

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