COMPLETE: Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 29 -jo

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Post by Sue Anderson » February 25th, 2013, 4:28 pm

Please note: Jo is continuing as meta-coordinator (MC) for this collection, and Sue is acting as book coordinator (BC).

Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 029

This project is now complete. All audio files can be found on our catalog page here:

http://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-029/


This collection is dedicated to recordings of short nonfiction works in English. Nonfiction includes essays and speeches; letters and diaries; biography and history; film, book and music reviews; descriptions of travel, politics and sports; how-to manuals, and much more. Your nonfiction recording can be on any topic.


Please select and record any short nonfiction piece in the public domain. Try to stick to works that run less than 60 minutes. You are welcome to contribute as many as you wish, and there is no need to "sign-up" before recording...as long as the work is clearly in the public domain, just start recording. Multiple versions are always welcome, so don't worry whether someone else has recorded your selection already; we're happy to hear your version too. :)

After 15-20 recordings are submitted, we will prooflisten, catalog and make them available to the public.

Basic Recording Guide: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Newbie_Guide_to_Recording

1. RECORD
  • Be sure to set your recording software to: 44100Hz, 16-bit
  • At the BEGINNING Say: "[Title of Work], by [Author Name]" "This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox Recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit Librivox.org"
  • At the END, say: "End of [Title], by [Author Name]"
  • If you wish, you may also say: "Read by...your name."
  • Please leave 5 seconds of silence at the end of your recording or 10 seconds if longer than 30 minutes.
2. EDIT and SAVE your file:
  • Need noise-cleaning?Listen to your file through headphones. If you can hear distracting background noise, you may want to clean it up a bit. The free beta version 1.3.x of Audacity (Mac/Win) has much improved noise-cleaning. See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide. Note: Noisecleaning with other versions of Audacity is not recommended.

  • Save or export your recording to an mp3 file at 128kpbs using the following filename and ID3 tag format:
  • File Name: (all lower case. Please omit a, the, etc from title): snf029_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials.mp3
  • ID3 Tags:
    • • Title/Name: [Title]
      • Artist: [Author Name]
      • Album: LibriVox Nonfiction Collection Vol. 029
3. SUBMIT your recording:

Please upload your finished recording using the LibriVox uploader (when your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please copy to post in this thread):
http://upload.librivox.org
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You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: jo - knotyouraveragejo.
*If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.

4. POST the following information in this thread:
  • • The link you copied from the uploader to your file
    • Source from which you read (i.e. Gutenberg or other etext url. NOTE: If posting a Gutenberg link please provide the link to the download page, e.g. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/# where # is the PG project number for the book.)
    • Length in minutes.
    • If this is your first Librivox recording, I will also need your name as you would like it to appear on the catalog page and the URL of your homepage if you have one and would like it linked to your name on the catalog page.

Want to see if what you plan to record has been done already?
http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?
Search by keywords in the Catalog Search
http://librivox.org/newcatalog/
But don't let this stop you from recording your own version!

Magic Window:



BC Admin (PL = Proof-Listening; PLC = Proof-listening Complete; PL OK = ready to catalog)

**Please note that the recordings in this collection will appear in the catalog in alphabetical order by title, although they will be initially entered into the magic window in the order they are submitted.
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Post by Sue Anderson » February 25th, 2013, 4:34 pm

Welcome to the 29th volume of the Short Nonfiction Collection. This is a place to share a special interest by recording a short work of public domain nonfiction. It's also a place to expand your horizons and perhaps learn something new by proof listening one or more of the selections.

If you haven't something already in mind that you'd like to record, there are many bookshelves at Gutenberg.org filled with public domain nonfiction to explore http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Bookshelf. The bookshelves for Countries, Education, Fine Arts, History, Music, Periodicals, and Technology are some places to start.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » March 2nd, 2013, 5:55 pm

Hi Sue,

Magic Window is up and ready to go. :)
Jo
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Post by Sue Anderson » March 2nd, 2013, 7:23 pm

knotyouraveragejo wrote:
Magic Window is up and ready to go. :)
Thanks, Jo!

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Post by Bill2147 » March 3rd, 2013, 4:06 am

I'm not sure if this falls under this category. It is about the length of an average short story.

http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/32028/pg32028.txt

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 3rd, 2013, 8:02 am

Hi Bill2147, A reading of "The Battle of Stone River" would be a welcome addition to the short nonfiction collection. :) I see by your posts that you have thought about a comprensive collection of short Civil War pieces . . .whew, it would be a big project . . . but I can assure you that there is a lot of interest from Librivox listeners for Civil War material (speaking from experience).

Your selection looks like a good length. The word count seems to be about 3646 words. How long it would take to record depends on your reading speed. (I just clocked my last recording at 138 words per minute), so let's say about 25 minutes recording time. Perfect! Whenever you have it recorded, just send it up. Nobody needs to ask "permission" to contribute to this collection as long as their recordings meet the criteria of--public domain--nonfiction--less than 60 minutes recording time.

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 3rd, 2013, 9:34 am

The first Short Nonfction Collection for Librivox was catalogued on August 23, 2007. It has been downloaded 88,776 times! http://archive.org/details/nonfiction001_librivox. Wow :thumbs:

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 4th, 2013, 5:11 pm

Serendipitous7 wrote:The Pleasures of Ignorance, Robert Lynd
duration: 12:36

Tom 8-)
Thanks, Tom, for starting off Vol. 29! :) Lynd looks like "sense and sensibility" to me. (I took a quick look at what he had to say . . .)

On the technical end of things, could you please do a couple of things in future. . . For me to enter your source correctly, I need the Gutenberg citation, not to the page you're reading from, but to the start page, in this case http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13448; and, also we need the MB's of your file, which is, for the file you just submitted 11.5 MB. All these instructions are under #4 (in red) above. ( Lynd would probably call this "the pleasures of dogma" . . . 8-)) Thanks!

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 4th, 2013, 7:04 pm

The CD cover for Volume 28 of the Short Nonfiction Collection is now up! Take a look here: http://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-028-by-various/. All readers and their selections are listed individually on the cover. Not exactly the "bright lights," but I know the first time I saw my name on a Librivox cover, I thought it was pretty nifty . . .

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Post by RobBoard » March 6th, 2013, 11:09 am

Sue,

I'd like to read three newspaper articles as one section (they're about the time Oscar Wilde was fleeced by con-men in New York, and the story of what really happened dripped out over the space of about a week).

Does this sound OK? Not sure about the policy of combining multiple articles into one.
Rob Board

Amends for Ladies by Nathan Field. New! A bawdy Jacobean comedy.
Cupid's Whirligig by Edward Sharpham. Another bawdy Jacobean comedy.
The Parson's Wedding by Thomas Killigrew. The 1st English play with an all-female cast.

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 6th, 2013, 3:28 pm

RobBoard wrote:Sue,

I'd like to read three newspaper articles as one section (they're about the time Oscar Wilde was fleeced by con-men in New York, and the story of what really happened dripped out over the space of about a week).

Does this sound OK? Not sure about the policy of combining multiple articles into one.

RobBoard, Sounds interesting! :) I think combing the three should work out just fine; please just be sure to give me all the info on the sources.

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 6th, 2013, 3:38 pm

Tom, "The Pleasures of Ignorance" is PL OK! :) Enjoyable! --particularly the bit about the benefits of a "capricious and leaking memory. . ."

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Post by RobBoard » March 6th, 2013, 3:51 pm

Thanks, Sue, will do - but before I start recording: do you need links for the sources? Obviously I have the source information, but I didn't get all of the articles on the web so I don't have links for them.
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Amends for Ladies by Nathan Field. New! A bawdy Jacobean comedy.
Cupid's Whirligig by Edward Sharpham. Another bawdy Jacobean comedy.
The Parson's Wedding by Thomas Killigrew. The 1st English play with an all-female cast.

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 6th, 2013, 5:07 pm

RobBoard wrote:Thanks, Sue, will do - but before I start recording: do you need links for the sources? Obviously I have the source information, but I didn't get all of the articles on the web so I don't have links for them.
Hi RobBoard, It's pretty much de rigueur that we need to be able to source all our readings back to the web, since everything we read has to be provable to be in the public domain. And, in my experience, at least, virtually anything out of copyright can be found on the web somewhere . . .Maybe I can help if you can be a little more specific. Do you want to read from one (or more) specific newspapers? What are the titles? dates of the articles? etc.

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