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Post Posted:: August 25th, 2017, 2:16 pm 

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Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 052

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

https://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-052-by-various/


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.

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:

    snf052_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!

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. PROOF LISTENING AND 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:: August 25th, 2017, 2:16 pm 

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Welcome to the 52nd 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.

Here's a great source for natural history, which was suggested by LibriVoxer MillionMoments. It's
the Biodiversity Heritage Library. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

Hathi Trust and Archive.org are good resources:

https://archive.org/
https://www.hathitrust.org/

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Post Posted:: August 28th, 2017, 9:58 am 

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Mrs. Minnie Fulkes
The Slave Narratives, Virginia, by Work Projects Administration (WPA)
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28973

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf052_minniefulkes_wpa_vfkabt_128kb.mp3

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I thought this would be good counterpoint for the bio of Robert E. Lee; I had recorded one from one of the books of the Famous Men series on PG but it's so glowing and naive (writer was British), I felt compelled to upload this instead.

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Post Posted:: August 28th, 2017, 3:33 pm 

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VfkaBT wrote:
Mrs. Minnie Fulkes
The Slave Narratives, Virginia, by Work Projects Administration (WPA)
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28973

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf052_minniefulkes_wpa_vfkabt_128kb.mp3

13.19

I thought this would be good counterpoint for the bio of Robert E. Lee; I had recorded one from one of the books of the Famous Men series on PG but it's so glowing and naive (writer was British), I felt compelled to upload this instead.


Wow... Mrs. Minnie Fulkes' narrative of her life under slavery was profoundly moving! Thank you very much, BT, for this excellent start to Vol. 52. :)
I looked to see if we had The Slave Narratives in the LibriVox catalog. We don't. This book should be there!

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Post Posted:: August 29th, 2017, 8:43 am 

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Some of the separate narratives are in the catalog; I recorded at least one before, and a couple of other volunteers on different projects. But yes, each one should be done eventually. Oral histories are crucial.

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Post Posted:: September 2nd, 2017, 6:49 pm 

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Ridicule as a Test of Faith
By Joseph Priestley (1733–1804)

http://www.bartleby.com/209/876.html

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Post Posted:: September 3rd, 2017, 10:02 am 

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soupy wrote:

Thank you, Craig, for this contribution from Joseph Priestley's writings. :) I was not aware of how wide ranging Priestley's intellectual interests were! I found this article in Wikipedia helpful to me in understanding his remarks on Dr. Beattie's essay:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Priestley_and_Dissent

" In a series of five major metaphysical works, all written between 1774 and 1778, Priestley laid out his materialist view of the world and tried "to defend Christianity by making its metaphysical framework more intelligible," even though such a position "entailed denial of free will and the soul." The first major work to address these issues was The Examination of Dr. Reid's Inquiry ... Dr. Beattie's Essay ... and Dr. Oswald's Appeal (1774). He challenged Scottish common-sense philosophy, which claimed that "common sense" trumped reason in matters of religion. Relying on Locke and Hartley's associationism, he argued strenuously against Reid's theory of mind and maintained that ideas did not have to resemble their referents in the world; ideas for Priestley were not pictures in the mind but rather causal associations. From these arguments, Priestley concluded that "ideas and objects must be of the same substance," a radically materialist view at the time. The book was popular and readers of all persuasions read it."

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Post Posted:: September 3rd, 2017, 10:30 am 

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Wow! Thanks for the background information. You sure do a great job for readers and listeners. Thanks :D :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: September 4th, 2017, 11:46 am 

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If you're interested in recording an article from a periodical, is the title and author still sufficient for the introduction? How/should the title of the publication or the particular volume/issue number be included?


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Post Posted:: September 4th, 2017, 12:52 pm 

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emilycorridor wrote:
If you're interested in recording an article from a periodical, is the title and author still sufficient for the introduction? How/should the title of the publication or the particular volume/issue number be included?


Hi emilycorridor,
Welcome to the Nonfiction Collection! :) You've got a good question, and I'm glad to answer it. Here is how I would introduce a selection from a periodical:

[Name of Article] by [Name of Author] from [Name of Journal], [Volume & number (if relevant)], [date]. "This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit Librivox.org"

If you want further clarity on this issue, you can listen to how I introduced a magazine article by checking out the first bit of "Marconi's Telegraphing Across the Ocean Without Wires," in vol. 46 of the Nonfiction Collection https://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-046-by-various/

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Post Posted:: September 4th, 2017, 8:44 pm 

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Preparation for a Christian Life (excerpt) Soren Kierkegaard 1813-1855
Translated by Lee M. Hollander 1880-1972

Bulletin. no.3. Rights: Public Domain in the United States, Google-digitized. Hathi Trust

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007075900

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf052_preparation_kierkegaard_cc_128kb.mp3

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I don't know if you'll accept it Sue but I thought I'd try it anyway since Hathi Trust public domain has been used in the past.

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Post Posted:: September 5th, 2017, 10:39 am 

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soupy wrote:
Preparation for a Christian Life (excerpt) Soren Kierkegaard 1813-1855
Translated by Lee M. Hollander 1880-1972

Bulletin. no.3. Rights: Public Domain in the United States, Google-digitized. Hathi Trust

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007075900

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf052_preparation_kierkegaard_cc_128kb.mp3

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Craig

I don't know if you'll accept it Sue but I thought I'd try it anyway since Hathi Trust public domain has been used in the past.


Hi Craig, Thanks for this selection from Kierkegaard. It was nicely read, with good pacing! :) Haithi Trust says its Public domain in the U.S., and I'll take their word for it.
PL OK!

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Post Posted:: September 5th, 2017, 1:48 pm 

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Thanks Sue :clap:

I'm glad that could get into Librivox :D

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Post Posted:: September 9th, 2017, 5:04 pm 
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My contribution this time is....

Thomas Henry Huxley
The Method of Scientific Investigation
from 1863, taken from this collection: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1315

Length 20:49
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf052_scientificinvestigation_huxley_ava_128kb.mp3

That was fun! :D

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Post Posted:: September 9th, 2017, 6:16 pm 

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Availle wrote:
My contribution this time is....

Thomas Henry Huxley
The Method of Scientific Investigation
from 1863, taken from this collection: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1315

Length 20:49
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf052_scientificinvestigation_huxley_ava_128kb.mp3

That was fun! :D


Thanks, Availle, for this selection. I found Huxley's use of examples from daily life (hard green apples, etc.) made what otherwise might have been a "dry explanation" of the scientific method interesting to follow! :)

You've got one repeat at 15:25.("You will feel perfectly convinced on...") Once that cut is made, the reading will be pl ok.

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