Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: librivox

The Dead

One of the reasons I started LibriVox, I think, was so that I could make an audio recording of “The Dead,” by James Joyce, from his collection Dubliners. It is a story of such grace and skill; the build up slow and good-humoured and banal, but when that last section finally comes, it contains so […]


Just posted over at LibriVox: Just in time for your 2008/09 new year’s celebration, LibriVox has reach another great milestone, by cataloging our 2,000th book, Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. VI. The rest of the series can be found here: The History of the Decline and […]

LibriVox on O’Reilly

O’Reilly TOC blog has an interview with … me! …. about LibriVox: LibriVox is a volunteer effort with a big goal: record audiobook editions for every title in the public domain. In the following Q&A, LibriVox founder Hugh McGuire discusses the project’s beginnings, the organic development of the LibriVox community, and the distinctions (or lack […]

iPod and Philosophy

Dylan Wittkower, LibriVox’s resident philosopher and reader of such gems as Schopenhauer’s Studies in Pessimism, and JS Mill’s Untilitarianism, has edited a new academic/popular text, The iPod and Philosophy. I have a blurb on the back of the book, getting the pole position ahead of Clay Shriky (!).

365 Days of LibriVox Audio

This past weekend, LibriVox reached an extraordinary milestone: our catalog now contains 365 days worth of free, public domain audiobooks. So, if you started to listen to the catalog today, spending 24-hours-a-day with your headphones, it would take you a full year to listen to our entire current catalog. By which time, you’ll have hours […]

Open Letter to Ministers re: Bill C-61

Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage House of Commons Parliament Buildings Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6 Dear Ministers Prentice and Verner, Thank you for your email of June 12, 2008 informing me of the introduction of Bill C-61, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act. I am the founder of […]

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LibriVox vs Wikipedia

Well, this is just about the most exciting thing anyone has written about LibriVox. From Mike Linksvayer, Vice President of Creative Commons: Check out LibriVox, perhaps the most interesting collaborative culture project this side of Wikipedia. [link…]

LibriVox 115 and 1500

LibriVox, the all-volunteer audiobook project, just cataloged it’s 1,500th book, James Baldwin’s children’s history book, Four Great Americans. This milestone was reached during the record-breaking month of May, when LibriVox released 115 (!) audiobooks into the public domain, or almost four per day. Some gems from the catalog include: Enviro/sci-fi/horror surprise, Greener Than You Think, […]

buck-fifty librivox

We just hit 1,500 items in the LibriVox catalog. The lucky audiobook is: Four Great Americans, by James Baldwin. This was the 96th book published in May, and we are on track for a 100-book month, which would smash our previous record of 77 books set in July 2007.