Categories: audio, librivox

LibriVox 3000

On Saturday December 26, 2009 LibriVox cataloged it’s 3000th free, public domain audiobook title.

LibriVox Turns Four

librivoxToday is LibriVox’s 4th birthday. LibriVox is a kooky kind of project with the following objective:

To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.

Some statistics, as of today:

Total recorded time in all rss-ified works: 49596721 seconds, or 574 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes, and 1 seconds. Total of 50774 sections.

If you have a soft spot in your heart for LibriVox, perhaps you might consider leaving a little message on the blog, or the forum.

Or even better, perhaps you might help us record a few chapters of public domain texts? …

Categories: art, audio, misc, video, writing

What We’re Building

Media Hack 12: Mobile & the Changes that Twitter Wrought

This week on Media Hacks we talk about the new iPhone, the next level of mobile, and … yep … Twitter, Iran, and the characteristics of the reach of microblogging.

> Media Hacks 12

Categories: audio, books, 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 much nostalgia, so much melancholy, so much revelation. All of us have had those moments, when what we thought we knew got thrown on its head, our own tiny place in the world gently exposed, and the wide, huge and lonely universe – of which we still remain a part – becomes clear and cold and expansive for just that brief moment.

Almost four years after LibriVox was born, I finally got the courage to record the Dead. I don’t think it’s catalogued quite yet, but here are the mp3s for those who want to listen to an audio version of one of the most beautiful-sad short stories ever written.

Happy Bloomsday.

[Thanks to Kayray for the editing, and to Gesine for making sure I finished on time].

Media Hacks #7: How to Get Ahead in Advertising

Media Hacks
Here is Media Hacks #7, about where the bucks are or aren’t in online advertising.

This episode, an intimate trio performs for your pleasure: C.C. Chapman, Mitch Joel and me.

LISTEN HERE: Media Hacks: Episode 6.

Or: Mp3 download.

Categories: audio, media, podcast

Media Hacks #6: Twitter, Demi Moore, Facebook

Media Hacks
Man I am getting behind on my Media Hacks postings. Oops. Well here is Media Hacks #6, about Twitter and scalability, Demi Moore’s bum, Facebook’s new company features.

Tearing up the airwaves in this episode: C.C. Chapman, Julien Smith, Chris Penn, Mitch Joel and me.

LISTEN HERE: Media Hacks: Episode 6.

Or: Mp3 download.

MediaHacks #5: Twitter as Google Rival

Media HacksMedia Hacks #5: this one ended up pretty interesting, talking about Twitter as a search engine and possible Google rival, Google search tweaks, brands, and conferences/unconferences. On the media hacks hotline: C.C. Chapman, Julien Smith, Chris Penn, Mitch Joel and me.

LISTEN HERE: Media Hacks: Episode 5

Categories: audio, buisness, podcast, web

Media Hacks #4: Economy, Advertising, News & Books

Media HacksMedia Hacks #4: a conversation about the economy, advertising, newspapers, books and where the money might be, with C.C. Chapman, Chris Brogan, Chris Penn, Mitch Joel and me.

LISTEN HERE: Media Hacks: Episode 4

Categories: audio

Media Hacks #2

Media HacksI should have posted this a while ago, but: Mitch Joel has convened a collection of talkers for a semi-regular (bi-weekly?) discussion about what’s on our media minds. The radio show (which you can listen to on your computer) is called Media Hacks, and said hacks include: C.C. Chapman, Chris Brogan, Chris Penn, Julien Smith, Mitch and me. Not all of the hacks will be there every episode, but some of us will be.

Episode 2 is about Wikipedia, Britannica, and Gaming. The audio is crackly, but the talkin is crackin’ good stuff.

LISTEN HERE: Media Hacks: Episode 2