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By: Stepping into the river with Heraclitus « Jon Udell

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 17:10:27 +0000

[...] first, based on a script I wrote, points to 45 chapters of Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. It [...]

By: earth2marsh

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 20:13:55 +0000

LibriVox now provides a podcast feed, but it is only 64kbps... Just for kicks, here's a Yahoo Pipe! that builds a podcast feed for the higher quality mp3 source.

By: A quiet retreat from the busy information commons « Jon Udell

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 16:31:13 +0000

[...] time to re-read it, but I loved listening to it on my rides. (It was also nice to recall that I had written the software that simplifies downloading the book to a [...]

By: Want to help improve LibriVox? « Jon Udell

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 23:31:48 +0000

[...] Oh yeah. Me. [...]

By: A conversation with Hugh McGuire about LibriVox « Jon Udell

Sat, 21 Apr 2007 01:31:01 +0000

[...] the way, as a result of our conversation I realized that the LibriVox catalog pages lacked RSS feeds so I wrote a little script to create them. I’m happy to report that the script is now in use, [...]

By: · interview with jon udell

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 21:30:24 +0000

[...] other exciting news, Jon whipped up a script (tweaked and built on by the ever-effective Chris), that allows you to add a [...]

By: Jon Udell

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 21:12:34 +0000

"ideally this would work as a scraper" That's exactly what the script does, minus the last step :-)

By: hugh

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 16:51:43 +0000

hmm just thinking more. ideally this would work as a scraper, workflow is: -scrapes the catalog page (or looks at the dir in internet archive) -pick out all files ending 64kb.mp3 -generates a podcasty xml using all those 64kb.mp3 files (ignoring ogg and 128kp.mp3 files) -orders by date as you've done -then publishes a link using itpc:// on the same catalog page.

By: hugh

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 16:45:38 +0000

strange about wordpress changing the itpc:// ... it worked for me here:

By: · jon udell’s LibriVox script

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 16:07:36 +0000

[...] Jon whipped up a python script that can do the job, eg. click on this: [...]

By: Jon Udell

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 14:02:07 +0000

"probably in our case the prefered feed format would be itpc:// rather than http://…in safari & firefox, (not sure about IE)." You are certainly right about that, Hugh. I just checked and IE works as well. Interesting point: I just tried to insert those versions of the feed URLs into this entry, and WordPress changed itpc back to http! You could of course also let FeedBurner handle the feeds, if you don't mind taking a dependency on an external service. Though if you want to do a feed per book that'd be a lot of registration overhead. Incidentally I just checked my pre-ITConversations podcast feed: As I'd forgotten, it uses pcast:// rather than itpc:// to invoke iTunes. What a tangled web we weave.

By: Jon Udell

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 13:48:31 +0000

Over in the LibriVox forum, kayray raises a key point: "I wonder if people who don't know what to do with a zip will know what to do with a feed..." ( I replied there but will echo it here because it's of general interest. iTunes does not make its podcatching feature easy to discover outside the context of the iTunes Music Store. I whipped up this little screencast to show how you use that "advanced" feature: I bet there are a whole lot of folks who might want to make use of that feature but don't know that it exists.

By: hugh

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 13:40:51 +0000

"the ability to alter the actual date a chapter is added to the feed" the good people over at offer you the choice of how often you get your chapters delivered - a customizable audiobook podcast schedule - and we have some books on their system. but i think the preference will likely be to get it all onto your own machine, and then decide when you wish to listen.

By: Jon Udell

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 13:18:35 +0000

"you could also offer the ability to alter the actual date a chapter is added to the feed, so listeners could easily subscribe and receive a chapter per day." Could do. I'm not sure that's wanted, though. My guess is that most people will want to have all the chapters available at one go. It'd be interesting to hear from someone who does prefer the episodic experience, though.

By: hugh

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 01:49:20 +0000

oh, and thanks!