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My Digital Footprint

John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

Podcasts & Free Audio


The emphasis here is to highlight links to free audio resources for your exploration and enjoyment.  The intention is to avoid commercial products and concentrate on free public domain recordings. 

These are free audiobooks from the public domain with no strings attached. Easy options for listening are available on the site. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.

Books Should be Free
Free Audio Books from the public domain. Download a free audio book in mp3, iPod, or iTunes format today. Watch out for the advertisement, you don't need it to download free books.

Project Gutenberg
A publishing project to bring books to the public as free, open domain resources. On Project Gutenberg you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.  Find audio books via the 'Advanced Search' and selecting the Category - audio book - human read or audio book - computer-generated.

Just One More Book! (USA)
A thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books.  Ranging from 5 to 30 minutes in length, they also feature weekly interviews with authors, illustrators and experts and enthusiasts in the areas of children’s literature and literacy as well as listener-submitted audio reviews.  Listen from the site or download.

SFFAudio - Podcast
All things science fiction.  Broadly scifi, not necessarily children's fiction.  Scott and Jesse talk about audiobooks, the recent arrivals and the new releases. They also talk about big box bookstores, comics, and classic audiobooks with interviews with authors like Neil Gaiman.
Books on Podiobooks are delivered by episodes. Listeners to can choose to receive the episodes of their books via RSS feed or by listening to episodes by directly downloading episodes from the site.  Huge range to choose from - children and adult.

Works from the greats of the literature world are availabe from this site of Florida's Educational Technology Clearninghouse. All passages with audio and study notes on the Lit2Go site are available via iTunesU. Many files are also available directly on the website. Download onto any of your portable audio devices or pla on your computer.

Storynory has published a new audio story every week since November 2005.  Includes traditional stories, fairy tales and favourites.  To quote the site "listening to children's audio books helps develop attention and imagination. It stimulates a love of words. It's educational, But above all, it's a superb form of entertainment."