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Post by Sue Anderson » July 28th, 2019, 1:47 pm

Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 068

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

https://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-068-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 1924). 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 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," see this section of the LibriVox Wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Copyright_and_Public_Domain. Try to stay with works that run less than 60 minutes. You may read up to 2 selections per volume. There is no need to "sign-up" before recording; as long as the work is clearly in the public domain. Multiple versions are welcome, so don't worry whether someone else has recorded your selection already; we're happy to hear your version too. :)

After 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 1 second 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? See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide.
  • Save or export your recording to an mp3 file at 128kbs. The uploader will add the mp.3 to the end of your file name when it uploads. Please use the format shown. Your file name should have this format before you upload it:

    snf068_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb

    After it is uploaded, it should have this format:
    https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb.mp3
  • Keep the file name short! Use just a word or two to identfy the title. Omit "a," "the," etc. Don't 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 last name, and your initials. There are only 4 underscores in a file name!
3. UPLOAD your recording:
  • Upload your finished recording using the LibriVox uploader: http://librivox.org/login/uploader. When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - copy and post it to the current nonfiction thread. If you don't post that you've uploaded your recording, the nonfiction book coordinator won't know that you did it!
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  • 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:
  • Title of the work.
  • Author of the work.
  • The link to your file you copied from the uploader.
  • A URL link to the 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.
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 by Sue Anderson » July 28th, 2019, 1:48 pm

Welcome to the 68th 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 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.

Hathi Trust and Archive.org are good resources:

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

The Online Books Page has over 2 million PD listings! It was suggested by Soupy (Craig), our Dedicated Proof Listener.
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/lists.html

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a great source for natural history. It was suggested by LibriVoxer MillionMoments. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

The Linda Hall Science, Engineering, and Technology Library has some unique items in its Digital Collection https://www.lindahall.org/collections/

Sourcing your recording from Wikisource is NOT recommended.

If you have any doubts about the public domain status of anything you want to read for the collection, please feel free to post the source along with your query in the thread, and I will be glad to help you! Thanks!

Please note: There is a limit of two selections per reader for this volume of Short Nonfiction.

Please check the "vitals" of your recording with Checker https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker before sending it up to the Nonfiction Collection! :) Checker is an easy to use "open source tool that looks for common problems with recordings for LibriVox... Checker saves time by checking contributions for common issues before files are uploaded." Thanks! :) :)

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Post by KevinS » July 28th, 2019, 2:23 pm

E agora, José?

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Post by Sue Anderson » July 28th, 2019, 3:35 pm

Hi Kevin, Thanks for starting off vol. 068 so nicely with this selection about the opera by the Saturday Review music critic John F. Runciman! :) Runciman will be a new author for the LibriVox catalog --always a happy event at the Nonfiction Collection.

In persuit of some biographical info about Runciman, I ran across this article (by Suzanne Cole, from 2014) about Runciman and a fellow Wagnerite, which describes Runciman as "eccentric and irascible," and a friend of George Bernard Shaw. Sounds like a recipe for more good reads!

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Post by KevinS » July 28th, 2019, 4:05 pm

Sue Anderson wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Hi Kevin, Thanks for starting off vol. 068 so nicely with this selection about the opera by the Saturday Review music critic John F. Runciman! :) Runciman will be a new author for the LibriVox catalog --always a happy event at the Nonfiction Collection.

In persuit of some biographical info about Runciman, I ran across this article (by Suzanne Cole, from 2014) about Runciman and a fellow Wagnerite, which describes Runciman as "eccentric and irascible," and a friend of George Bernard Shaw. Sounds like a recipe for more good reads!
Hahaha! He was irascible, one can tell!
E agora, José?

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Post by BettyB » July 28th, 2019, 8:28 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_whitehouse_fawcett_bbs_128kb.mp3

Housekeeping at the White House by Waldon Fawcett from
The Boston Cooking School Magazine May, 1903

Time is 11:36

https://archive.org/details/bostoncookingsch19hill_1/page433.

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Post by Sue Anderson » July 29th, 2019, 4:43 am

BettyB wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 8:28 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_whitehouse_fawcett_bbs_128kb.mp3

Housekeeping at the White House by Waldon Fawcett from
The Boston Cooking School Magazine May, 1903

Time is 11:36

https://archive.org/details/bostoncookingsch19hill_1/page433.

BettyB
Hi Betty, Thanks for adding another selection from the Boston Cooking School Magazine to the Nonfiction Collection! :) I see what you mean when you say that this is a fascinating magazine! The ads are as much fun as the articles! And what great recipes and tips! Here's a snippet from an article that caught my eye titled "Etiquette of what may be eaten with Fingers." "Chipped potatoes are generally eaten with the fingers by epicures. There must be no particle of fat adhering to the chipped potatoes, and they must be crisp."

Walden Fawcett is a new author for the catalog too! :)

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Post by BettyB » July 29th, 2019, 10:03 am

Great. I alternate between laughing at the info and ads and then marveling at how interesting and relevant so much of it is today.
Betty

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Post by TriciaG » July 29th, 2019, 11:24 am

Title (a bit shortened): Choreomania: An Historical Sketch
Author: Andrew Davidson (already in the system)
Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_choreomania_davidson_tg_128kb.mp3
Source: https://archive.org/details/b2234309x
Length: 44:24

Heard about this elsewhere, then did a little research to try to find PD works about it. Here's a quick Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania

Martin Geeson read a book about the phenomenon, albeit not about Madagascar: https://librivox.org/the-dancing-mania-by-justus-hecker/
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Post by soupy » July 29th, 2019, 1:58 pm

Thanks Kevin :thumbs:

Everything was great except you forgot to read the Librivox intro.


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Post by Sue Anderson » July 29th, 2019, 2:57 pm

TriciaG wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 11:24 am
Title (a bit shortened): Choreomania: An Historical Sketch
Author: Andrew Davidson (already in the system)
Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_choreomania_davidson_tg_128kb.mp3
Source: https://archive.org/details/b2234309x
Length: 44:24

Heard about this elsewhere, then did a little research to try to find PD works about it. Here's a quick Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania

Martin Geeson read a book about the phenomenon, albeit not about Madagascar: https://librivox.org/the-dancing-mania-by-justus-hecker/
Thanks, Tricia! :) I can see vol. 068 is already turning into a most interesting collection!

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Post by Sue Anderson » July 29th, 2019, 3:17 pm

Here is another of my ventures into Illinois history. This one was an eye-opener for me.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_blackcode_edwards_sa_128kb.mp3
19:48

https://archive.org/details/blackcodeofillin00east/page/28, pages 29-37

The Black Code of Illinois
by Zebina Edwards (1815-1883)
published in 1883

Illinois came into the Union as a "free state" in 1818, but in reality Illinois law did not treat Blacks and Mulattoes as equal with whites during the 1800's. Until its repeal in 1853, Illinois had a "Black Code," which harked back to the southern slave laws. Abolitionist Illinois newspaperman Zebina Edwards wrote a critical assessment of the black laws in an essay in 1883.

Link to info about Edwards: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/bmrc/view.php?eadid=BMRC.CHM.EASTERN.SURVEY

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Post by Availle » July 29th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Here's a very long one of mine, has been on my list forever...

Thomas H. Huxley
Coral and Coral Reefs
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2937

45:33
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_coralreefs_huxley_ava_128kb.mp3
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Post by Sue Anderson » July 29th, 2019, 5:41 pm

Availle wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Here's a very long one of mine, has been on my list forever...

Thomas H. Huxley
Coral and Coral Reefs
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2937

45:33
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_coralreefs_huxley_ava_128kb.mp3
Hi Availle, Thanks for this! :) Given the present day concern for the fate of coral reefs, this reading should find an eager audience.

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Post by Availle » July 29th, 2019, 5:44 pm

It was really interesting! Especially the part where he explains why coral reefs and volcanoes don't go together... Actually something else that Darwin had found out.
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