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Promos and News from projects of interest to LibriVoxians

Posted: April 18th, 2007, 4:04 pm
by ductapeguy
Although Librivox has grown beyond any of our wildest expectations, there are many other individuals and projects working at preserving, recording, and enriching the public domain. Our home page contains a large list of links to such sites at .

Please free to add news and information about other groups recording public domain books to this thread.

Two fellow travelers on this journey have recently posted their 700th episode of public domain readings. Maria Lectrix ( ) produces six day a week podcast which includes public domain philosophy, Catholic classics, and science-fiction. Mister Ron's Basement ( ) is a daily podcast of humorous public domain fiction and non-fiction writings. Congratulations to both of you on reaching this milestone. :D

Audio-books for visually handicapped.

Posted: September 3rd, 2007, 9:31 am
by gasarma
Dear friends,
I am associated with a voluntary organisation who are preparing audio textbooks for the visually impaired. This organisation is in Hyderabad, Andhra pradesh, India. Kindly visit the website: to know about our activities. Any suggestions for being more effective are welcome.

Posted: September 3rd, 2007, 9:42 am
by Starlite
Wow great site Sarma!! Feel free to post a link to Librivox....

Have you seen this:

Glad you found us!



Posted: November 8th, 2007, 6:27 am
by Cori
Reposting from its own topic:
lee wrote:Hi everyone, I'm new here and I just want to say that if you liked to listen to more audio stories, you can visit my forum which is

I already made a post about this in the introduction thread but some of you may not visit that part of this forum so you may not be aware of it.

I hope you enjoy them just as much as you like listening to audio books. :D

Posted: February 9th, 2008, 5:20 am
by ductapeguy
revry wrote:As of tonight, I am 17 days away from the ONE THOUSANDTH daily episode of Mister Ron's Basement (February 26, 2008).

I have been working on it for a while. It will be an in depth feature on the life and work of Stanley Huntley (of Spoopendyke fame) and his wife Florence Huntley, as well.

This episode is not to be missed! It will be like nothing I have ever done for the Basement. I have put in tons of research, including digging up a bound volume of Huntley's run on the Bismarck (Dakota) Tribune from 1878-79.

Mister Ron's Basement has always offered the best humorous stories from the public domain, mostly by authors who were once household names, and now are almost completely forgotten.

It can be found at

I also have begun a Basement Blog, where I will discuss some of the authors and subjects of the podcast, at:

I will eventually add links to many of the nice folks who read stories around here.

Comments are welcome.
1000 recordings of public domain literature. That is a great accomplishment Ron. :)

Posted: February 9th, 2008, 5:48 am
by Starlite
:clap: YEAH Ron!

Thousandth Episode UP in THREE(!) PARTS

Posted: February 27th, 2008, 11:34 pm
by revry
Well, the 1000th Episode of Mister Ron's Basement, "The Stanley Huntley Story" was so BIG that it had to be split up into Three Parts!

All three are up now, each one a tad over one hour. It is actually an audio podcast documentary, tracing the life and writings of the great humorist and Journalist, Stanley Huntley, and his wife, Florence Huntley. It is composed almost entirely of readings from period documents from the 1870s through the 1890s.

The first Part deals with Huntley's early career as a journalist in New York, St. Louis, Chicago and Washington DC, followed by a long look at his unprecedented but short tenure as the owner/editor of the Bismarck Tribune in Dakota Territory.

The Second Part is concerned with Huntley's daring 1879 interview with Sitting Bull, hiding out in the wilderness at the Canadian border with Montana, and the aftermath of this journalistic achievement.

The Third Part centers on Huntley's Humorous writing at the Broklyn Eagle in the 1880s, and also offers his interview with Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, and some of Florence Huntley's writing after his death in 1885.

It can be found at

If you can, drop by the Basement Blog, at:



Posted: February 28th, 2008, 4:32 am
by ductapeguy

That is fantastic Ron. :)

Posted: February 8th, 2009, 10:02 am
by Gesine
We agreed to put promos in this thread, so I'm copying another thread in here:
revry wrote:Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:04 pm Post subject: Mister Ron presents ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mister Ron’s Basement’s special Christmas Episode features the original 1921 F. Scott Fitzgerald story ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.’

A wonderful motion picture adaption of this story starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett is being released to movie theaters right now. It is a great movie.

But the original Fitzgerald story is a work of genius, and the movie differs from it dramatically. We had considered serializing it across the span of a week, but instead offer the lengthy tale in its entirety in Episode #1246. It is almost an hour long.

Please download this, relax, and enjoy. You can find the episode at

If the web site is down (it has been happening occasionally lately while the switch to a faster server is forthcoming), then you can load it directly from the feed at:

Your feedback is especially welcome. Please write to:
-=-Ron Evry-=-
Creator of 'Mister Ron's Basement' Podcast on the iTunes Music Store
Mango wrote:PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:19 pm Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster
I really want to see this film, it looks so good! I've read the start of the story, so hopefully I will finish it before seeing the film!
-All the best, Joe.
anoldfashiongirl wrote:Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:20 pm Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster
I just finished reading this book. Wow. That really was a curious case. I felt sorry for Benjamin.
~~~ Jami ~~~

Your Life is an occasion, rise to it.
- Mr. Magorium

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raynr wrote:Posted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:30 am Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster
We already have a LibriVox version, too:
It's wonderfully read by Mike Vendetti.

By the way: isn't it wonderful that nearly all classics interesting enough for Hollywood to use the story for a movie are already in our catalogue? Very Happy
Apart from the Austin novels I just think of Beowulf, Sweeney Todd (based on "a string of pearls") or Sleepy Hollow.
"Everything in the world exists in order to end in a book." (Stéphane Mallarmé)

Posted: February 15th, 2009, 12:04 pm
by Gesine
Again, a promo moved over here from another thread:
revry wrote:Almost four years ago, Hugh suggested to me that I catalog Mister Ron's Basement by author.

Nearly 1300 episodes later, I have managed to pull off that feat. The entire collection of Podcast episodes in the Basement is now available at:

Also, there are separate indexes for many individual authors featured in the Basement. I am adding new author indexes DAILY, but as of now, these are all featured:

O Henry
Max Adeler
Max Adeler's Fortunate Island Novelette
Edgar Wilson "Bill" Nye
Ellis Parker Butler
Palmer Cox
Seba Smith
Stephen Leacock
George Ade (not completed yet)
Fanny Fern
Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (curently being serialized weekly)
"Sunday Salad" - - The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Stories
George W. Peck
Brick Pomeroy
James M. Bailey
Charles Battell Loomis
Philander Doesticks (Mortimer Thomson)
M. Quad
M. Quad's Mr. Bowser Stories
Ambrose Bierce
George Horatio Derby

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
-=-Ron Evry-=-
Creator of 'Mister Ron's Basement' Podcast on the iTunes Music Store
hugh wrote:excellent! now if only we could do that too ... !


Posted: March 30th, 2009, 8:54 pm
by revry
It's hard to believe, but I have been researching and reading funny stories from the Public Domain for the last FOUR YEARS! Your comments and cakes are most welcome! Thanks one and all for listening...

Over 1300 episodes, and a DAILY average of 35,000 downloads (something like 200+ GB of bandwidth every day)!

No, there's no sponsors, no money in it. Anybody thinks they know of somebody that would like to sponsor a podcast featuring 100-150 year old humorous stories, please send them my way...

But it has been quite satisfying, to say the least, especially when I encounter an undiscovered gem that makes me laugh out loud. Many of these old humorists were once household names, and are totally forgotten today. This, then, has been my mission, to re-popularize the unjustly forgotten writers who created America's humorous heritage. Hopefully, that is what I am doing...

Posted: March 31st, 2009, 4:08 am
by Starlite
Congratulations Ron!!


Esther :D

Posted: April 1st, 2009, 5:17 pm
by BellonaTimes
I recommend the short stories in Edna Ferber's Buttered Side Down. They're very funny; she really had an ear for Midwestern voices and characters.

A Vital Message from Mister Ron

Posted: April 18th, 2009, 5:48 pm
by revry
A Vital Message
from Ron Evry

Many of you have enjoyed my daily podcast, "Mister Ron's Basement" ( for years now. It began in March of 2005 and currently has over 1350 Episodes, more than any other Podcast on iTunes. The podcast receives anywhere from 25,000 to 35,000 downloads every single day, and uses around 200 to 250 Gigabytes of bandwidth daily.

While some may not find my voice or delivery style to their tastes, there is no denying that the many humorous stories by mostly forgotten authors that I have rescued from oblivion are restoring a vital American Treasure to the world.

Most people's view of early American humor begins and ends with Mark Twain or O Henry. Yet authors such as Fanny Fern, Max Adeler, George Ade, Edgar Wilson ("Bill") Nye, M. Quad, George W. Peck, Philander Doesticks, and Stanley Huntley, are highly significant in the development of the uniquely American attitude of not taking everything seriously.

To the world at large, American humor, represented by film, television, comic books and strips, and stand-up comedians, is the pinnacle of comedy. A good portion of our entertainment exports (always in the very top ranks of our Gross National Product) is descending from the works of these mostly forgotten writers, who were once household names.

Utilizing researching techniques that simply weren't available a few years ago, I am uncovering the stories that our ancestors used to laugh at, and have discovered that a great deal of it is still extremely funny today. The podcasts, in recent months, have been fully indexed, and can be accessed at:

But now Mister Ron's Basement is facing a major hitch in its operation. Roger Strickland, the proprietor of, my Podcast host for the last four years, will be closing up shop at the end of July. He has attempted over this period to make an economical platform for podcasters, charging five dollars a month for unlimited bandwidth. To accomplish this, he has needed a steady stream of new customers, and the current bad economy has reduced this figure drastically. Undoubtedly, the very success of Mister Ron's Basement may have put a strain on his resources as well, with its ever-growing need for bandwidth.

Looking through what is available in hosting services out in the real world, I have discovered that most of the surviving hosts out there want $300 to $400 a month from me to continue my operation. One hosting service told me that I "don't have to be a millionaire" to use their servers. Just $50 a month and thirty cents a Gigabyte for bandwidth. Last month alone I used up Five Terabytes of bandwidth. This works out to $1500 a month. Sorry. Don't have it.

I have apparently negotiated a deal with a major hosting company to pay a one-time fee for archiving all my back episodes, and continuing with my daily podcasts. Essentially, this is going to work out to about a thousand dollars for the first year. They also will split ad revenue with me, giving me the larger share if I come up with the sponsor.

So far, I have not found any sponsor, but anyone reading this who thinks they can put me in contact with one, please write!

I know Librivox does not usually allow this sort of thing on the Forums, but I hope a one-time exception can be made here. To make Mister Ron's Basement's valuable archive and continued podcasts available, I am asking for donations. Ideally, I would like to find a thousand people with a dollar each to help me carry on this work.
If any of these stories have made you laugh, please drop a dollar into my virtual hat. You can get to the donation button at:

This is being done through Paypal, and you don't have to be a member of Paypal to use the service.

If you prefer, please drop a dollar or more (or a check) into an envelope and send it to:

Ron Evry
2880 Cedar Crest Ct
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Of course, I am desperately looking for any and all publicity to ensure the survival of this National Treasure. Anybody reading this from print, radio, or web media that would like a fascinating article, please contact me at

Keep Laughing!


Posted: April 18th, 2009, 6:25 pm
by kayray
Hi Ron,

Have you considered asking to host your files? Your recordings sound like something that would be right up their alley. Good luck!