Hugh McGuire

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

Category: librivox

70 Works: March Madness

LibriVox had a March Madness campaign – a concerted effort to finish as many public domain books as we could in the month of March. We finished SEVENTY! Yes, 7-0 works of great literature. That’s pretty crazy. I didn’t do much to contribute, I must say, but I am proud as punch.

Darwin’s Origin of Species – audio

Boing Boing reports that LibriVox just released an audio version of: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, by Charles Darwin Twenty-four hours of audio/biology/history goodness. This project was a real battle to get finished (I’ve got a chapter in there), so congrats to the many hands that made it happen.

podcamp toronto was great …

…fantastic organization, kudos to the putters-togetherers, and I’ll point out some cool projects shortly. But please, please, please make this phrase disappear. (PS, thanks for the ride home Bob). UPDATE: you can see vids of the event, including some footage of me, here.

conservative vs progressive, and openness

I’ve been thinking lately about evolution and politics. All this comes out of a revelation I had in the early days of LibriVox, that as an open project, the whole thing – the system – evolved like an organism, getting more complex in response to environmental challenges. More readers, more books, more languages, more projects […]

from TextoSolvo: Clarity (Why It Worked #1)

NOTE: I was in a bit of a conundrum about what to do with TextoSolvo vs. dose, and decided to just cross-post TextoSolvo articles (which are mostly about LibriVox) here. This is a cross-post. In the rough project outline I gave a long list of some of the reasons I think LibriVox has been successful. […]

art, society, data, stability

I haven’t written a ramble in a while. Here’s one: I had an impromptu drink with Boris the other night – unfortunately the other brain I seem to be feeding off of a lot lately wasn’t there. We rambled about art, data, open source, society, flexibility, stability, evolution to touch on a few things. My […]

what is the open movement?

So a few Montreal geeky types convened at the Office (aka Laika) for a sort-of impromptu discussion to try to figure out what the hell is going on in the world, and specifically what this “Open Movent” might be, and what connections we can draw (if any) between it’s various strands: that is, are there […]

LibriVox – public domain books for your ears

OK, I’ve just launched a little experimental project, let’s see how it goes. It’s called LibriVox: LibriVox is a hope, an experiment, and a question: can the net harness a bunch of volunteers to help bring books in the public domain to life through podcasting? LibriVox is an open source audio-literary attempt to harness the […]