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Post by Sue Anderson » February 27th, 2021, 7:49 am

FULL: Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 081

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

https://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-081-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 1926). 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 [74 minutes is the absolute max]. You may read a maximum of 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:
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  • 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:
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  • 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:

    snf081_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb

    After it is uploaded, it should have this format:
    https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf081_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb.mp3
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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
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4. POST the following information in this thread:
  • Title of the work.
  • Author of the work.
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  • 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:
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  • We proof listen for the following:
    • Has the recording passed "Checker?" This LibriVox app looks for common problems associated with LibriVox recordings. https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker
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Post by Sue Anderson » February 27th, 2021, 7:49 am

Welcome to volume 081 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/ebooks/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! :) :)

Sue (Book Coordinator, Short Nonfiction Collection)

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Post by Scott » March 2nd, 2021, 6:49 pm

I've recorded a review of Moby Dick from 1851, entitled: Herman Melville's Whale. From the London Spectator Magazine of October 25th, 1851 as reprinted in the New York International Magazine of December, 1851.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf081_melvilleswhale_nyintlmag_sm_128kb.mp3

Source: Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/45771 and in the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/theinternational45771gut

This piece is evidently known (to Melville scholars at least) as a classic bad book review. The reviewed copy was also for the first British edition, which was missing the ending of the novel (where Ishmael lives). See https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/it-repels-the-reader-tech-glitches-led-i-moby-dick-i-s-first-critics-to-pan-it/281499/ for context. I did not know any of this when I stumbled upon the review in the magazine in the Internet Archive. Research, record, and edit time: Priceless. Otherwise: how does it sound?

Length: 15:03

If a link can be added to my website, the page is at: https://mckinleyco.com/audio-samples/ Thank you!

Scott McKinley

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 2nd, 2021, 7:28 pm

Scott wrote:
March 2nd, 2021, 6:49 pm
I've recorded a review of Moby Dick from 1851, entitled: Herman Melville's Whale. From the London Spectator Magazine of October 25th, 1851 as reprinted in the New York International Magazine of December, 1851.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf081_melvilleswhale_nyintlmag_sm_128kb.mp3

Source: Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/45771 and in the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/theinternational45771gut

This piece is evidently known (to Melville scholars at least) as a classic bad book review. The reviewed copy was also for the first British edition, which was missing the ending of the novel (where Ishmael lives). See https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/it-repels-the-reader-tech-glitches-led-i-moby-dick-i-s-first-critics-to-pan-it/281499/ for context. I did not know any of this when I stumbled upon the review in the magazine in the Internet Archive. Research, record, and edit time: Priceless. Otherwise: how does it sound?

Length: 15:03

If a link can be added to my website, the page is at: https://mckinleyco.com/audio-samples/ Thank you!

Scott McKinley
Hi Scott, Welcome to the Short Nonfiction Collection! :D Thanks for getting vol. 081 off to a great start with this review of Moby Dick! You read very well. Yes, we can add your website to your listing when we do the cataloging for this collection. The Short Nonfiction Collection (SNF) has a dedicated proof listener (DPL), Craig, who will PL your selection for you next.

Sue, Book Coordinator (BC)

P.S. You can also add a URL for a personal (non commercial) website to your Librivox signature: Go to "private messages" top right of this page; then to "profile" under User Control Panel (tab on left side of page), and from there to "Edit Signature."

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Post by soupy » March 2nd, 2021, 8:13 pm

Thanks for the review of Moby Dick Scott. I found it interesting. I'm currently reading Sober Cannibals Drunken Christians - Melville, Kierkegaard & tragic Optimism in Polarized Worlds Thanks for lending your nice voice to the short nonfiction collection :thumbs:

One error noted:

14:01 I greatly fear lest thy conscience be but a leaky one, and will in the end sink thee foundering down to the fiery pit, you said and will be in the end sink

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Post by Availle » March 3rd, 2021, 4:52 am

Almost first. :lol: Here's my contribution to this volume:

Pompeian Surgery and Surgical Instruments
by Nicholas Senn (1844 - 1908) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Senn
from Medical News, December 28, 1895

https://archive.org/details/101502604.nlm.nih.gov

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf081_pompeiansurgery_senn_ava_128kb.mp3
38:31

With a big thanks to SotE for making the suggestion, well, kind of...
Cheers, Ava.
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Post by Sue Anderson » March 3rd, 2021, 7:50 am

Availle wrote:
March 3rd, 2021, 4:52 am
Almost first. :lol: Here's my contribution to this volume:

Pompeian Surgery and Surgical Instruments
by Nicholas Senn (1844 - 1908) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Senn
from Medical News, December 28, 1895

https://archive.org/details/101502604.nlm.nih.gov

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf081_pompeiansurgery_senn_ava_128kb.mp3
38:31

With a big thanks to SotE for making the suggestion, well, kind of...
Thanks Availle! :) Most interesting! There should be a big audience for this selection because of the recent excitement over the discovery of the Pompeian chariot: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56222992. I noticed that Senn mentioned the condition of the streets: "The wider streets show deep grooves made by the chariot-wheels, while the narrower streets were reserved for pedestrians."

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Post by PSAhdi » March 4th, 2021, 10:48 am

Hi Sue,
I have finished recording my section. Here are the details. Kindly confirm it.

Title of the work: Birds in the Calendar, August_The Seagull
Author of the work: Frederick G. Aflalo
The link to your file you copied from the uploader: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf081_theseagull_aflalo_psahdi_128kb.mp3
A URL link to the source from which you read (etext URL): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27465/27465-h/27465-h.htm
Length in minutes: 11:56

Cheers,
Pradeep Singh Ahdi
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Post by soupy » March 4th, 2021, 11:39 am

Thanks Availle :thumbs:

540 years of the same kind of medicine - and then 1500 years to find a city under ash.

Well read and PLOK :thumbs:

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 4th, 2021, 2:46 pm

PSAhdi wrote:
March 4th, 2021, 10:48 am
Hi Sue,
I have finished recording my section. Here are the details. Kindly confirm it.

Title of the work: Birds in the Calendar, August_The Seagull
Author of the work: Frederick G. Aflalo
The link to your file you copied from the uploader: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf081_theseagull_aflalo_psahdi_128kb.mp3
A URL link to the source from which you read (etext URL): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27465/27465-h/27465-h.htm
Length in minutes: 11:56

Cheers,
Pradeep Singh Ahdi
Hi Pradeep, Many thanks for this selection about seagulls! :D

You and I must be on a common "wavelength," because this morning I recorded something about seagulls myself for vol. 081! :) It's very different than what Aflalo wrote and was authored by the United States Department of Agriculture, detailing the varieties of gulls in the USA and some of the problems cities are encountering with "urban gulls" which become nuisance birds. The reason for my recording was simply that I had a photo of seagulls domineering over the cars in the parking lot at a local shopping center that I thought would make a fun cover for 081. So, now we just need to fill up the rest of vol. 081, so everybody can see the Illinois seagulls!

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Post by soupy » March 5th, 2021, 5:21 am

Thanks for the information about seagulls PS Ahdi :thumbs:

Well read.

One error noted:

10:55 Far more pleasing to the eye are the graceful little terns, or "sea-swallows," you said little terns and little swallows

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Post by PSAhdi » March 5th, 2021, 8:18 am

My bad, I will fix it and upload it again. :(
regards,
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Post by soupy » March 5th, 2021, 8:39 am

It was such a small error that I was going to overlook it but decided to let you know :D

You did a great job reading the selection.

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Post by saoussen » March 5th, 2021, 10:23 am

hey
i have a quick question, is DREAMS by HENRI BERGSON considered a short nonfiction work ?

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Post by Sue Anderson » March 5th, 2021, 11:48 am

saoussen wrote:
March 5th, 2021, 10:23 am
hey
i have a quick question, is DREAMS by HENRI BERGSON considered a short nonfiction work ?
Hi saoussen, Bergson's essay on dreams would be fine to read for the Short Nonfiction Collection. :) https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20842/20842-h/20842-h.htm

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