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Host: Jim Mowatt
1. Twig of Destiny
2. Catherine Eastman – 1000 different people have submitted recordings.
3. Rowen – Why I record for the History projects on Librivox
7. Cori as the voice of Kmerline
8. Ian Bartholomew
9. Justin Brett
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There is an exhaustive and excellent article in Reason Magazine about LibriVox, focusing on the philosophy and the “movement” we are part of, as described by Yochai Benkler’s Wealth of Networks.
The article includes comments from Jimmy Wales, and Audible.com‘s CEO, among others.
It’s not that they don’t care about listeners … it’s that LibriVox, as its most fundamental level, isn’t about consumption. It’s about making stuff.
The Wealth of LibriVox: Classic texts, amateur audiobooks, and the grand future of online peer production
by Michael Erard.
The LibriVox community has just passed a tremendous milestone: We now have over a thousand readers who have contributed recordings.
That’s right, a thousand busy individuals with lives to lead, have all taken the time to sit in front of a microphone and share their love of literature with the world.
We can all feel the excitement as our catalogue expands almost daily, and it’s great to see our community of volunteers growing and rising to the challenge – readers, proof-listeners, project coordinators, cataloguers….
So – A huge thanks from everyone at LibriVox to…. well, everyone at LibriVox!!
I’ve always been a big fan of Jon Udell’s stuff – he writes not just about tech things that interest me, but he’s also got a great sense that web technology ought to be good for society as well. Jon was one of the first “famous” people I contacted when I started LibriVox, and he’s been a fan, and written about the project a number of times. So I was really happy when he asked me to join him on his IT Conversations podcast, Jon Udell’s Interviews With Innovators (you might need to register to see that page). This was a long and great interview, touching so much of the important aspects of the project.
Here’s the page (prob need to register to see it as well).
Listen here: mp3 link.
In other (related) exciting news, Jon whipped up a script (tweaked and built on by the ever-effective Chris), that allows you to add a LibriVox book directly to iTunes. Here’s how Kri describes the new addition to the site:
Thanks to Jon Udell and our resident catalog development guru tis (Chris Goringe) we have a new feature that has been added to all catalog pages. Check out the most recent Short Poetry Collection to see an example of the following…
1. A “Subscribe in iTunes” link. If you regularly use iTunes for podcasts, or would like to, this link will be very helpful to you. Just click on the link, and allow it to launch the external application (iTunes) if it asks
2. An RSS feed for the 64kbps files. What’s the point of this? For some this makes it easier to download all of the 64kbps MP3 files at once. For example, if you listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher, use this link to download them all more easily.