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Post by Sue Anderson » June 24th, 2021, 11:54 am

FULL: Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 084

This project is now complete. All files can be downloaded from the catalog page.

https://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-084-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:
  • Be sure to set your recording software to: 44100Hz, 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:

    snf084_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb
  • After it is uploaded, it should have this format:
    https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf084_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb.mp3
  • FILE NAMES HAVE RULES! Use just a word or two to identify 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:
  • The SNF Collection has SPECIAL STANDARDS for PLing, which reflect our concern for accuracy in reading nonfiction material.
  • 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
    • Does the recording have errors that change the meaning of the text? This includes words accidentally added, omitted, mispronounced, or misread!
    • Does the recording have the LibriVox into? Are there any long silences or pauses, stumbles or repeats that need to be edited out? Are there 5 seconds of silence at the end of the recording?
  • 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 » June 24th, 2021, 11:54 am

Welcome to Volume 084 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 LibriVoxer Soupy.
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 Availle » June 24th, 2021, 4:33 pm

I got a head start on this one. 8-) Here is

The Graves of the Fallen
by Rudyard Kipling
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/54830

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf084_gravesfallen_kipling_ava_128kb.mp3
16:27
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Post by Sue Anderson » June 24th, 2021, 6:04 pm

Availle wrote:
June 24th, 2021, 4:33 pm
I got a head start on this one. 8-) Here is

The Graves of the Fallen
by Rudyard Kipling
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/54830

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf084_gravesfallen_kipling_ava_128kb.mp3
16:27
Thank you very much, Availle, for recording Kipling's eloquent outline of the monumental difficulties England faced at the end of WWI in burying and honoring her fallen. :D

"In view of the enormous number (over half a million) of our dead in France alone, the removal of bodies to England would be impossible, even were there a general desire for it. But the overwhelming majority of relatives are content that their kin should lie--officers and men together--in the countries that they have redeemed."
Rudyard Kipling

PL OK!

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Post by Availle » June 24th, 2021, 7:12 pm

Thank you!

Sadly, they needed the commission for longer than they had anticipated...
I went to see the WWII memorials and tombs in El Alamein, and I remember the British graveyard standing out for their strict uniformity.
The Italian monument was even more striking, a huge building from white marble, each slate of marble with the name of one person on it, in black. Haunting the one chamber where all the names were "ignoto" - unknown.
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Post by Sue Anderson » June 25th, 2021, 3:54 am

Availle wrote:
June 24th, 2021, 7:12 pm
Thank you!

Sadly, they needed the commission for longer than they had anticipated...
I went to see the WWII memorials and tombs in El Alamein, and I remember the British graveyard standing out for their strict uniformity.
The Italian monument was even more striking, a huge building from white marble, each slate of marble with the name of one person on it, in black. Haunting the one chamber where all the names were "ignoto" - unknown.
"Longer than they had anticipated..." Yes, sadly... In 1997, I visited the Turkish national cemetery at Gallipoli, honoring the 500,000 soldiers (both British and Turkish) who lost their lives there. The memory of that forlorn cemetery still haunts me.

One of the sections in Kipling's document regulating the British cemeteries really made it's own statement, and that was the fact that if the relatives wanted anything inscribed on the headstone beyond the person's name and rank, they had to pay for the lettering. Not only that, there was a limit to the number of letters (66)! Twitter, of course came to my mind there!

"These inscriptions will be at the relatives' expense, and, to avoid unduly crowding the stones with very small lettering, which besides being difficult to read, does not weather well, it has been found necessary to restrict the length of the inscription to sixty-six letters." Footnote: "In counting the sixty-six letters, the space between any two words must be reckoned as one letter."


After listening to your recording, I took out my picture album from my 1997 vacation in Turkey and looked at the pictures of Gallipoli. I had taken one photo of a tombstone. The inscription on it was this:

575 TROOPER
H. BLANCH
9TH AUST LIGHT HORSE
20 JUNE 1915 AGE 20

THE PRICE OF PEACE
WITH HONOR

"The Price of Peace with Honor"--29 letters, counting the spaces between words. I wonder what the relatives thought when they "paid the price" for those words...

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Post by Piotrek81 » June 26th, 2021, 2:55 am

Is it allowable to record a part of an Encyclopedia Britannica entry? The one on astronomy is very lengthy and I'm only interested in doing the history of astronomy part, which in itself is some 13k words long.
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Post by Sue Anderson » June 26th, 2021, 4:39 am

Piotrek81 wrote:
June 26th, 2021, 2:55 am
Is it allowable to record a part of an Encyclopedia Britannica entry? The one on astronomy is very lengthy and I'm only interested in doing the history of astronomy part, which in itself is some 13k words long.
Hi Piotrek81, You are welcome to read the History of Astronomy from the Encyclopedia as a stand-alone selection. :)

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Post by Grothmann » June 27th, 2021, 7:32 pm

Good Evening:

Mr. Flannery Finds Himself
By Anonymous
From The Popular Magazine, Dec 20 1916
Read by Dale Grothmann
Time: 1:53

This is very short, but I thought it was appropriate, considering the pandemic.

Audio at:
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf084_flanneryfindshimself_anon_dg_128kb.mp3

Text at:
https://archive.org/details/popular_1916_12_20/page/n159/mode/2up

Thanks
Dale

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Post by Sue Anderson » June 28th, 2021, 2:53 am

Grothmann wrote:
June 27th, 2021, 7:32 pm
Good Evening:

Mr. Flannery Finds Himself
By Anonymous
From The Popular Magazine, Dec 20 1916
Read by Dale Grothmann
Time: 1:53

This is very short, but I thought it was appropriate, considering the pandemic.

Audio at:
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf084_flanneryfindshimself_anon_dg_128kb.mp3

Text at:
https://archive.org/details/popular_1916_12_20/page/n159/mode/2up

Thanks
Dale
Thanks, Dale! PL OK! :D

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Post by Lector1 » June 28th, 2021, 11:31 am

Hi!
I'd really like to make a contribution to this collection, but I haven't been able to find anything that wouldn't involve recording an entire book. Would it be okay for me to record just one chapter of a book, and say that it's just one chapter in the intro, and point the listener to the rest of the book in the intro or conclusion? Maybe I could say "This is an excerpt from [book title]."?

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Post by Sue Anderson » June 28th, 2021, 1:10 pm

Lector1 wrote:
June 28th, 2021, 11:31 am
Hi!
I'd really like to make a contribution to this collection, but I haven't been able to find anything that wouldn't involve recording an entire book. Would it be okay for me to record just one chapter of a book, and say that it's just one chapter in the intro, and point the listener to the rest of the book in the intro or conclusion? Maybe I could say "This is an excerpt from [book title]."?
Hi Lector1, It's perfectly all right to read just a chapter from a book for the Short Nonfiction Collection. You can just say: [Title of Chapter] a chapter from [Title of Book] by [author], followed by the LibriVox into: "This is a LibriVox recording....etc." We're looking forward to hearing what you have chosen! :D If you have any doubt about the public domain status of your chosen reading, please feel free to post a query here, and I'll double check the PD status for you!

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Post by Sue Anderson » June 28th, 2021, 1:17 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf084_ottawa_hhs_sa_128kb.mp3
22:06


Public Health Assessment for Ottawa, Illinois, Radiation Area, July 25, 2006, Excerpt
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR)
2006

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/OttawaRadiationAreas/OttawaRadiationAreasPHA072506.pdf

This is a report on the remediation of radium contamination of buildings and soil in Ottawa, a small Illinois city (current population around 18,000) left by a defunct industry that used radium paint. I was inspired to read this by a comment MaryinArkansas made to my contribution to the LibriVox 16th anniversary collection. (Thank you, Mary!). That reading was about occupations available to young girls, 14 to 16, in the early years of the 20th century. One occupation such young girls took up was painting watch dials with "glow in the dark" paint. They died from radium poisoning. And a town has had to deal with the aftermath of that tragedy.

The excerpt starts with the title page, and then continues with the main body of the report, ppgs. 2-7.


Note: I would be appreciative of a PL by anybody who is inclined to listen to this selection. As DPL of the SNF, I can't very well PL my own work...

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Post by Piotrek81 » June 28th, 2021, 1:58 pm

I can PL it, if you don't mind me doing it tomorrow (it's 11 PM right now where I am).
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Post by Sue Anderson » June 28th, 2021, 2:17 pm

Piotrek81 wrote:
June 28th, 2021, 1:58 pm
I can PL it, if you don't mind me doing it tomorrow (it's 11 PM right now where I am).
Hi Piotrek 81, Hey! Thank you! :D Of course, I don't mind the wait. Here, it's 4:15 p.m, and raining.

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