Archive for the ‘audiobook’ Category


dayofpodcastingIt’s Canadian National Day of Podcasting so I did a bit of a ramblecast/rant about my current thoughts on podcasting and on my creative life in general.  I also plug my new podcast audiobook, Time for the Fair.  Please check it out.  I close out with a recording of This Ain’t My Hat, a song I wrote inspired by a children’s book This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen


Happy CNDOP.  Maybe next year it will be a statutory holiday.













Time for the Fair- an original audiobook by Sean McGaughey

Filed Under (audiobook, for the sake of the song, Midland, music, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on June-29-2008

Matthew Wayne Selznick is one of the pioneers in podcasting and Social Media. His podcast novel, Brave Men Run, which was first released in November 2005, it was the first work of fiction to be released simultaneously as a podcast, downloadable ebook, and for purchase as a print-on-demand book. Over the last 3 years, he has had several podcasts. He is well known as an advocate of the DIY (Do It Yourself) philosophy of creativity. He was involved with in its early stages and now is a community developer at He is also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who is working to post 20 years of his music on his website at .

His novel, Brave Men Run, has been picked up for mainstream release by Swarm Press and will be released on July 13. Matthew is asking all his fans to purchase the book on July 13 at to see if we can get it to number 1 on the science fiction charts. He will also be running an all day Brave Men Run-a- thon/ release party at on July 13.


Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Elvis C. (© Matt Selznick)

Children’s Day (© Matt Selznick)

Brave Men Run

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Here’s a little roundup of my podcasting activity for 2007.

I have released 40 Episodes of For the Sake of the Song thus far and have about 9 ready to go in the upcoming weeks.

On the weekend of October 28, I was feeling sorry for myself that I wasn’t at Podcamp Boston 2 so I called several of my friends who were at Podcamp Boston and released about 4 Podcamp Boston Special Reports.

These reports evolved into a regular podcast for Podcamp Toronto with Connie Crosby. We have currently produced 6 Episodes of the Podcamp Toronto Podcast leading up to the event on February 23 and 24.

Podcamp Toronto February 23-24, 2008

I produced a Podcamp Toronto audio promo to use on your podcast


2007 Also saw the release of my recording of my brother-in-law, Drew Beatty’s novel, White Trash Land, on . It has done fairly well for Andrew there.

I’ve continued to record audiobooks with and I continue to be a semi-regular host for the Librivox Community Podcast. Here is a list of the 15 podcasts I hosted for Librivox in 2007.

# Date Podcaster Link to download file (Right click and download)
018 10 Jan 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 18
023 15 Feb 2007 ductapeguy and kri Listen
to LV Podcast 23
: Valentine’s Special
025 01 Mar 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 25
: Podcamp Toronto Highlights
026 08 Mar 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 26
: More from Podcamp
028 22 Mar 2007 jimmowatt and Sean McGaughey Listen
to LV Podcast 28
030 05 Apr 2007 cloudmountainguy and ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 30
035 10 May 2007 ductapeguy ceastman starlite Listen
to LV Podcast 35
: Children’s Literature
044 12 July 2007 ductapeguy and jim mowatt Listen
to LV Podcast 44
048 09 August 2007 jimmowatt Listen
to LV Podcast 48
: 2nd anniversary of Librivox
050 23 August 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 50
052 06 September 2007 All of the Podcast Team and a cast of
to LV Podcast 52
: One Year of Librivox
Community Podcasts
057 11 October 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 57
: ductapeguy’s podversary
064 29 November 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 64
066 20 December 2007 ductapeguy
      Listen to LV Podcast 66
067 27 December 2007 ductapeguy

      Listen to LV Podcast 67

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      Librivox Community Podcast Show #57
— Ductapeguy’s Podversary

This episode of the Librivox Community Podcast marks my (ductapeguy’s) one year anniversary of podcasting. To celebrate, Jim Mowatt and I had a wide ranging skype conversation. I really consider being a Librivox volunteer and helping to produce the community podcast was my University of Podcasting. During the conversation we talk about current news around the Librivox community, as well as my other podcasts, For the Sake of the Song, and White Trash Land.

Topics Discussed:

Librivox on Twitter

Gesine provides an overview of ways to subscribe to librivox books using RSS, itunes, or by Email. Thanks To Tis and JackDale for setting up the code for the Chapter a Day Emails. You can also now click a link on the forum page of any work in progress to be informed when that audiobook is complete.

Explanation of the recent outages on

  • Changes to the Librivox Uploader.
  • Discussion of the Flac Audio format.

Special Rules Projects currently underway in the Librivox Community:

SPECIAL RULES MYSTERY: The 2nd Latchkey by Williamson

SPECIAL RULES: Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee

LibriVox NaNoWriMo 2007: “The Blue Tulip”

Sean (ductapeguy’s) other projects:

For the Sake of the Song: A podcast featuring interviews with songwriters and their songs.

White Trash Land A podcast novel by Andrew Beatty. Narrated by Sean McGaughey

Other sites mentioned:

JC Hutchins Seventh Son Trilogy

Sean’s Really Bad Review

Sean and Jim discuss a terrible user review Sean received on and the librivoxian response to it. The discussion continued into the time honored, “What if I suck?” into styles of reading and the privilege and responsibility it is to be a reader of another person’s words.

Kara (kayray) and Henry drop by with this week’s stats.

To Subscribe to the Librivox Community Podcast, go to
or hit this itunes link to get you to the subscribe page

Past and present Librivox Community Podcast files can be found at

Archived shownotes for the Librivox Community Podcast can be found at
and the rss feed for those shownotes is

Filed Under (audiobook, blog, general, librivox, librivox community podcast, Midland, Ontario) by Sean on May-6-2007

This weekend we held a Librivox Worldwide Gathering at various locations around the world. Esther aka starlite, came to our house and we spent the day recording audio, and talking with librivox volunteers around the world. At the end of the afternoon, we recorded this week’s Librivox Community Podcast with Catharine who lives in the San Fransisco area.

Show notes follow:
Librivox Community Podcast Show 35
is now available at the page for the LV community podcast or from your podcatchers.
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The direct link to the show is


Host: Sean McGaughey, Catharine Eastman, and Esther Lockwood
Length: 28:00

1. Welcome to the Librivox Worldwide Gathering by Sean
2. Worldwide Recitation of the Librivox Disclaimer.
3. Greetings by Shurtagal (California), Betsie, Julian and Kirstin (Chicago), Esther and Sean (Ontario), Catharine (California) and Lucy (Australia). We also spoke with David Barnes, and Chris Hughes in Great Britain, but failed to record greetings from them.
4. Catharine, Sean and Esther had did a lengthy survey of the Childrens Literature available on Librivox. Any of the works mentioned can be found on the Librivox Catalogue by clicking on More Search Options and doing a Genre Search for children.
Here is the search page we used.
5. Sarah came to give us a child’s eye view and told us about her favorite pocast, The Radio Aventures of Doctor Floyd which can be found at . She can also be heard singing and playing in the background throughout the podcast.
6. Catharine’s cats also make a cameo appearance.
7. The show ends with an impromptu singing of the Librivox Theme, followed by a father-daughter recitation of the disclaimer by Sean and Sarah.


Filed Under (audiobook, blog, librivox) by Sean on April-22-2007

This week, Jon Udell interviewed Hugh McGuire, the founder of Librivox on the IT Conversations, Interviews with innovators podcast. You can listen to it here.

During the conversation Jon Udell said that Wired magazine interviewed him about Librivox, then didn’t use the information because Librivox wasn’t a “Killer App”.
I wrote the following reflections on the Librivox Forums. You can follow the conversation here.

6 Reasons Librivox is a Killer Application

I think in many ways Librivox is becoming a ‘killer app’

My understanding of a ‘killer app’ is a use for computers that attracts a new and large amount of people to buy and/or use their computers specifically for that purpose. One can argue that email, itunes, IM, craiglist, and EBAY are all Killer apps. Wikipedia describes a killer application as “a computer program that is so useful or desirable that it proves the value of some underlying technology, such as a gaming console, operating system, or piece of computer hardware.”

Reason #1: Getting Grandma and Grandpa recording
As a member of the tech-support generation, over the last 10 years, I have spent a substantial portion of my holidays and countlesss phone calls helping my parents and grandparents maintain and use their computers effectively. What is their killer app?– Communication with family. Pictures of grandchildren over email, instant messages with children flung across the globe, genealogy, contacting distant relatives.

At Librivox, we are seeing more and more retired people with grandchildren, who see the value of our project and are taking the daunting step of buying logitech usb microphones (because we tell them to) and downloading audacity so that they can record for us. (Wait I’ll call my son who knows computers– “How do I download this audacity thing”). We’ve seen this story played out many times. I would say that this qualifies Librivox as a “killer app”.

Reason #2: RSS Feeds, Turning the Entire Catalog Into Podcasts
On yesterday’s Canadian Podcast Buffet, Mark Blevis interviewed Charles Hodgson of the excellent Podictionary podcast, where he discusses the etymology of a different word each day. Charles made the point each Christmas, millions of people receive IPods and immediately go to itunes to find content for them. Many people have told us that we produce ideal content for their IPods. This week’s addition RSS and Itpc subscription feeds to all the works in our catalogue makes it much easier. I strongly believe that we will come to see these XML feeds as a “killer app” for librivox. A next step might be to get our entire catalogue listed in the podcast directory of the Itunes music store.

Reason #3: Turning Consumers into Producers
Let’s remember that You are The 2006 Time Magazine Person of the Year. By “You” Time Magazine meant anybody who is producing their own creative works and sharing them with the world through the magic of modern computers and the Internet. Youtube, podcasts, blogs, and websites offer anybody a zero cost to low cost means of creating and distributing their own work to anybody of like interests anywhere in the world. Most of the active volunteers here would agree that it is way more fun producing media than merely passively consuming it. I hardly watch any television any more. I would rather be working on audiobooks, producing my podcasts, or listening to other people’s podcasts. One of the tremendous strengths of Librivox is that we teach people how to become a creator of content (young or old, of any technical skill level). Once they know how to record audio, upload to the net, create a podcast, etc…, we are seeing them develop on to their own projects. In my Librivox journey, I began by recording the weekly poem, then infrequent chapters for books that interested me, followed by volunteering to host the community podcast, and eventually developing podcasts of my own outside of Librivox. In a way, I used Librivox and its tremendous community resources as a kind of Podcasting Night School. Thank you all for that.

Reason #4: Turning interested people around the world into a genuine community.
Our greatest strength is our community. It is not just a word we use. We have taken great pains to have a welcoming, nurturing forum and I think that makes us stand out from so many other online ‘communities’ where venturing onto their bulletin boards is a frightening wild-west scenario of trolls and flame-wars. With the launch of local chapters and our upcoming Worldwide Gathering we are growing into a genuine club, not unlike the Kiwanis, or scifi- fandom.

Reason #5: Enriching the Public Domain and Educating People about copyright.
I’ve said this many times, but Librivox is at the forefront of the copyfight. We are taking existing public domain written works and enriching them by producing audio books. As a side effect, our volunteers and listeners are being made aware of the current worldwide copyright craziness and our hopefully learning about the importance of the public domain, and alternative ways of releasing creative works such as the creative commons.

Potential Reason Librivox is a Killer APP: The Proposed Librivox Bookshelf
The proposed Librivox Bookshelf, where users can create their own collections of Librivox books and share them (by RSS or OPML?) presents a new opportunity for our passive listeners, those people who download and listen to our works but do not post to the forums, record, or prooflisten. With their bookshelves, they could share their favorite books with their friends and family. Teachers could create audio bookshelves of course material. Reading clubs could form ….

Getting back to the ITC interview where John said that Wired Magazine did not pick up the article on Librivox because Librivox is not a ‘killer app’, I must heartily disagree. Using open source free tools, the internet, and the public domain, I think that we are on the forefront of a great wave of people making instead of consuming media and that Librivox will come to be recognized as a ‘killer app’ in that revolution.

I have no guest for Episode 4, just little old me and 2, count ’em 2 brand-spanking new songs.




Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Last week I was deeply moved by this picture in the Toronto Star on Thursday March 29.



The picture, by Cathie Coward, from the Hamilton Spectator shows the impression left when a 5 year old boy fell 9 stories from a balcony– and lived to tell the story. That very day I wrote the song, Angels (© 2007 Sean McGaughey). I hope it moves you as much as it moved me. The article and picture can be found here (from the Kitchener-Waterloo Record).


Every week the volunteers at choose a public domain poem to be recorded by as many volunteers as possible. This week’s poem is Beautiful Soup by Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland.

Song #2 Beautiful Soup ( Written by Lewis Carroll Arranged by Sean McGaughey). I have dedicated my arrangement of Beautiful Soup to the public domain.



Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Canadian Podcast Buffet

Buffalo Live! Music Podcast


White Trash Land

Creative Commons




Upcoming Guests of For the Sake of the Song: Aaron Howes, Ken Allen, Pushbuttons, Chuck Baker and Russ Clayton.

Song 3: Chuck Baker: Music for Depicting Fight Scenes, Riots, etc.

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