collaborative audio books
About a week and a half ago I stumbled onto AKMA's brilliant
to create an audio-book version of Lawrence Lessig's new book "
". Bloggers quickly signed up to the collaborative by claiming chapters to read in the posting's comments.
I arrived a bit late to the party, so I didn't get to read a chapter, although there is plenty of room for alternative voices and reads, but that's for later.
I'm a big believer in audio books and 'read' this way frequently. I just finished Dan Brown's '
The DaVinci Code
' in about 2 week's time of travelling to my morning radio show whilst listeing in the car. I use my iPod and the
, a snap-on fm-transmitter, so I can enjoy the reading on my car's stereo. It's also much safer.
I listen to lots of stuff on my iPod besides music and audio books. There are
and archives of old radio shows. There's even an
Downloading these files and getting them onto my iPod was a tedious task. Clicking and waiting for hundreds of megabytes to be transferred just doesn't cut the mustard. Not at least, from a broadcaster's perspective. I believe there is a market for subscription based audio and video. As long as it requires no intervention from the user other than clicking the play button for instantaneous playback.
come in. The concept results in a subscribable service that delivers new content to your news aggregator. Additional
gets it onto the desired playback system automatically.
This is how I receive a new verse from the bible every day on my iPod. It's always there for me in the morning when I take my iPod from it's dock. No intervention required on my part. The same process can be created with video files that are sent to a TiVo.
Today I created an
for the Free Culture audio-book project. Subscribing to it with an
enclosure aware aggregator
will download all the files you need to assemble the audio book.
A logical followup to this project would be more
audio books. These could be delivered in
as with the Free Culture feed, or they could be by subscription, where a new chapter is delivered daily. Regardless of your reading pace, the content will always be there when you are ready for it, not the other way around.
Ofcourse non of this would have been possible without Lessig's gracious Creative Commons
This brings me to the
. A collaborative project that catalogues the texts of books that are old enough to qualify as a part of the
are 100 years old, but there are many extremely recognizable
. Many are classics that can still be enjoyed by new audiences today, as they have for decades. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Tom Swift
, which i read a a kid, are now in the public domain.
The Free Culture audio-book experiment showed me how quickly and efficiently this type of content can be produced, I am certain the model can be replicated with content from Project Gutenberg and hope to discuss this concept with others at
rss enclosures growing
Andrew Cochran interviewed Dave Winer last year at a conference. A lot of the conversation is about "rss", specifically
. Fun to see this 22 meg file had already downloaded and was sitting there waiting for me in my iPod when I awoke.
Marcus wrote a
for me last year that takes an rss enclosure that ends with .mp3 and automagically adds it to a special iPod playlist once it's been downloaded.
I've also been testing
BitTorrent glue. Works as advertised!
journey to mars
A beautiful quicktime movie of the Spirit's journey to mars.
are they crooked?
there's a few folks subscribed to my payload channel. An enclosure for y'all today.