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Post Posted:: March 9th, 2017, 3:54 pm 

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knotyouraveragejo is Metacoordinator of this project. Sue Anderson is Book Coordinator, and Soupy (Craig) is Dedicated Proof Listener.

Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 048

This collection is dedicated to recordings of short nonfiction works in English which are in the Public Domain (generally meaning that they were published prior to 1923). Nonfiction includes essays and speeches; letters and diaries; biography and history; film, book and music reviews; descriptions of travel, politics and sports; instructional manuals, even a favorite cookie recipe from a public domain cookbook! Your nonfiction recording can be on any topic. Some suggestions for source material can be found here.

Please select and record any short nonfiction piece in the public domain. For clarification of what it means for a work to be "in the public domain," please see this section of the LibriVox Wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Copyright_and_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 or 32-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 no more than 0.5 to 1 seconds of silence at the beginning of your recording. Add about 5 seconds of silence at the end of your recording.
    [b]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 latest version of Audacity (Mac/Win) has much improved noise-cleaning. See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide. Note: Noisecleaning with old versions of Audacity is not recommended.
    • Save or export your recording to an mp3 file at 128kbs using the following format for the file name:

      snf048_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb.mp3
    • Please keep the file name short. It isn't necessary to put the whole title in the file name - just a word or two. Please omit "a," "the," etc. from the title. Do not put spaces between words. Keep everything lower case. Even your initials should be lower case. The only underscores should be the separations between the snf volume, title, author's name, and your initials. There are only 4 underscores in a title!

    • ID3 Tags: (NOTE: ID3 tags are now optional - they are added automatically during cataloging.)
        • Title/Name: [Title]
        • Artist: [Author Name]
        • Album: LibriVox Nonfiction Collection Vol. 048

    3. SUBMIT your recording:
    • Please upload your finished recording using the LibriVox uploader: http://librivox.org/login/uploader. When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please copy and post to the current nonfiction thread. If you don't post the fact that you've uploaded your recording, the nonfiction book coordinator won't know that you did it!
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    • If you have trouble reading the image above, please send a private message to any admin.
    • To upload, you'll need to select the MC, which for the Short Nonfiction Collection is: 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 to your file you copied from the uploader.
    • Source from which you read (etext URL). NOTE: If posting from Gutenberg, please provide the link to the download page, e.g. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/# (where # is the Gutenberg project number for the book).
    • Length in minutes.
    • If this is your first Librivox recording, we will also need your name as you would like it to appear in the LibriVox catalog, and, if you have a web page and want it linked to your name in the catalog, the URL of the web page.

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

    5. DEADLINE FOR EDITS on recordings you have submitted:
    • We ask that you complete any editing requested by the Dedicated Proof Listener within two weeks of the request, or, if you need more time, that you post in this thread to request an extension. There’s no shame in this; we’re all volunteers and things happen. Extensions are, however, at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. To be fair to the other readers, sections which cannot be edited in a timely manner will be deleted from the current volume of the Nonfiction Collection, but they can always be included in a future volume when the edits are complete.

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Post Posted:: March 9th, 2017, 3:55 pm 

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Welcome to the 48th volume of the Short Nonfiction Collection. This is a place to share a special interest by recording a short work of public domain nonfiction. 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.

The Nonfiction Collection also has a Wiki page with recording suggestions you might enjoy: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.

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Post Posted:: March 9th, 2017, 3:58 pm 

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Our dedicated proof listener, Craig, has some great suggestions for nonfiction sources! :D
soupy wrote:
Hello Everybody,

My name is Craig and I'm Proof Listener and sometimes reader here on the Short Non-Fiction collection. These are some of the websites I use.

Gutenberg book categories
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Bookshelf

Archive.org they have a huge list of books.
https://archive.org/

Online books page, subject directory
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/subjects.html

Hathi Trust has many books available also
https://www.hathitrust.org/

Literature online is another source
http://www.online-literature.com/author_index.php

And Bartleby has a nonfiction shelf
http://www.bartleby.com/nonfiction/

Hope this gives you some leads :)

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Post Posted:: March 10th, 2017, 8:22 am 

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Here is my contribution:

Benjamin Franklin's thoughts on immigration, set forth in a letter to Peter Collinson in May, 1793.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf048_lettertoPeterCollinson1753_franklin_mtf_128kb.mp3
17:23

Source: https://founders.archives.gov/?q=%20letter%20to%20peter%20collinson&s=1111311113&r=62

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Post Posted:: March 10th, 2017, 9:01 am 

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msfry wrote:
Here is my contribution:

Benjamin Franklin's thoughts on immigration, set forth in a letter to Peter Collinson in May, 1793.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf048_lettertoPeterCollinson1753_franklin_mtf_128kb.mp3
17:23

Source: https://founders.archives.gov/?q=%20letter%20to%20peter%20collinson&s=1111311113&r=62


Thanks Michele for getting Vol. 48 off to such a great start :) with this interesting take on the immigration question from a historical perspective, which in Franklin's time concerned German immigration. To quote Franklin: "I am not against the Admission of Germans in general, for they have their virtues, their industry and frugality is exemplary; They are excellent husbandmen and contribute greatly to the improvement of a Country. ... All that seems to be necessary is, to distribute them more equally, mix them with the English, establish English Schools where they are now too thick settled . . ."

But, by far and away, my favorite passage from Franklin's letter is this one:

"Whenever we attempt to mend the scheme of Providence and to interfere in the Government of the World, we had need be very circumspect lest we do more harm than Good. In New England they once thought Black-birds useless and mischievous to their corn, they made [Laws] to destroy them, the consequence was, the Black-birds were diminished but a kind of Worms which devoured their Grass, and which the Black-birds had been used to feed on encreased prodigiously; Then finding their Loss in Grass much greater than their saving in corn they wished again for their Black-birds."


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Post Posted:: March 10th, 2017, 9:13 am 

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You are very welcome, Sue. There is a treasure trove of great stuff to read at www.founders.archive.gov for anyone looking to call attention to letters and articles of America's Founding Fathers. Many of their thoughts focused on universal topics, just as appropriate today as they were then.

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Post Posted:: March 11th, 2017, 6:18 am 

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Thanks Michele :thumbs: I think the title should have 1753 instead of 1793.

16:00 Milton quote – you didn’t say it was from Paradise lost

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Post Posted:: March 11th, 2017, 8:48 am 

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soupy wrote:
Thanks Michele :thumbs: I think the title should have 1753 instead of 1793.

16:00 Milton quote – you didn’t say it was from Paradise lost

Craig
Okay I added the footnote at 16:05
And the title should read:
Ben Franklin on Welfare and Immigration, set forth in a letter to Peter Collinson on May 9, 1753
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf048_lettertoPeterCollinson1753_franklin_mtf_128kb.mp3

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Post Posted:: March 11th, 2017, 9:17 am 

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Your reading is PLOK Michele - changed the title but Sue might shorten it.

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Post Posted:: March 11th, 2017, 11:22 am 

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soupy wrote:
Your reading is PLOK Michele - changed the title but Sue might shorten it.

Craig
If need be, I would shorten it to: Ben Franklin on Welfare and Immigration - 1753

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Post Posted:: March 20th, 2017, 10:51 am 

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Here is one from me
Aphorisms by Diderot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_Thoughts

Diderot's early philosophical works translated and edited by Margaret Jourdain 1876-1951 by Denis Diderot 1713-1784
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Jourdain
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Jourdain%2C%20Margaret

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https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015054424455;view=1up;seq=48

15:49

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Post Posted:: March 20th, 2017, 2:42 pm 

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soupy wrote:


Hi Craig, all is ok here except for one minor slip. At 6:27 you say "aphorism 22" and it is actually number 20 (XX).
What do you think about adding the aphorism numbers to the title, i.e. Aphorisms XV-XXII, 1763? Just a thought.

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Post Posted:: March 20th, 2017, 2:59 pm 

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Hi Craig, all is ok here except for one minor slip. At 6:27 you say "aphorism 22" and it is actually number 20 (XX).
What do you think about adding the aphorism numbers to the title, i.e. Aphorisms XV-XXII, 1763? Just a thought.

Your U-Tube channel is impressive!


Thanks Sue :shock:

Here is the new upload
Aphorisms 15-22 1746

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf048_aphorisms_diderot_cc_128kb.mp3

16:00

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That was quick! PL OK. :)

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Post Posted:: Yesterday, 5:55 pm 

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Here's my contribution:

Forty-Three Days in an Open Boat by Mark Twain from Harper's Magazine, Volume 34, December 1866. (Was noted as Mark Swain in the byline, interestingly enough).

A story about men whose ship sinks due to an explosion on board and how they make it into one of the long boats and eventually wind up in Hawaii instead of their anticipated destination of San Francisco. I did some googling and confirmed that it is in fact a true story, and one of Twain's first ever published works.

The link takes you directly to the page the story starts on.
https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=CPsvAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA104

duration: 54:45

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf048_fortythreedays_twain_kjh_128kb.mp3

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