Helen Keller Captured on Video

You've all heard about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. Now, thanks to this vintage footage from the 1930s, you can see Keller in the flesh and discover how she learned to talk (then  eventually became an author, lecturer, and champion of many progressive causes). It's worth watching, particularly through the stirring finish. We've added this clip to our YouTube Favorites.

via Boing Boing

Good “Reads” On Audible (with Freebie Possibilities)

paul_austerA quick note: Audible has recently launched a series called the Audible Modern Vanguard (more details here) that brings groundbreaking works and authors into unabridged audio for the first time. Here, you'll find works by Paul Auster (one of my faves), Saul Bellow, John Cheever, John Irving, Kurt Vonnegut, and William Kennedy.

There are some good "reads" here, and, unless I'm mistaken, there's a way that you can download one for free. I've created a page where you can get information on Audible's (no strings attached) 14 day trial here, which gives you a completely free download of any audio book you choose.

Argument to Beethoven’s 5th

A little piece of classic Americana TV. We take you back to the 1950s and Sid Caesar's comic work. It's hard to imagine someone working Beethoven's 5th into comic material, but Caesar did it. In the meantime, if you want something a little more serious, I give you this rare footage of Herbert von Karajan conducting the same symphony in 1966. An old gem. Lastly, get lots of free classical music from our Music Podcast Collection.

Freud in One Yale Hour

Freudianism may no longer be in vogue. But, even so, Sigmund Freud remains one of the most envelope-pushing thinkers of the past century, someone still worth getting to know. In this lecture, Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom offers a primer on Freud and Freudian thought. The lecture is part of a larger free course (20 lectures in total) called "Introduction to Psychology." You can access the course via the Yale Open Course web site, YouTube and iTunesU.

How to Get an Author to Sign Your Kindle

Ok, so we're back to giving the Kindle a hard time. Thanks Scott for the tip!

via the Rumpus.net

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The Future of Content Delivery

sigler2This podcast (get it here) presents the thoughts of Scott Sigler--media maven, NY Times Bestselling Author of INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS (both available free as podcasts), podiobook dynamo, and social networking mastermind--on none other than "how will people read books in the near future?"

In this repodcast of his keynote speech at this year's Balticon conference, Scott talks about how he built a HUGE online fan base for his fiction, landed a major publishing deal with Crown Books, reached NY Times bestseller status, and why he insists that giving his fiction away for free is the best marketing around.

He presents his thoughts on Big Publishing, small publishing, smart-phones vs. the Kindle, and perhaps most importantly, lays out the methods by which he pre-sold 1,500 copies of his new, self-published novel THE ROOKIE this April via his own website, scottsigler.com. That's right: Forget print-on-demand and its higher cost-per-book. Scott breaks down how he pre-sold enough books to pay for an entire print run before THE ROOKIE ever went to press! It's a model so far ahead of everyone else that we've got to take notes!

If you're a writer or aspiring author, you need to listen to this. And don't let the intro scare you off.

To download this file and listen to it on your own time, on your iPod or similar device, simple right click this link: DOWNLOAD and choose "Save Link as..." on a Mac, or "Save File" on a PC.

Or listen to it right here:

Seth Harwood, the author of JACK WAKES UP, will be teaching an online course (The Gripping Read) with Stanford Continuing Studies. And he'll also be teaching an Author Bootcamp with Scott Sigler on Stanford's campus on November 7 and 14. Each course only has a few slots still open.

Reading Free Books on the Kindle

Even though we sometimes give Amazon's Kindle a hard time, the device is undoubtedly handy for reading e-books. The Kindle lets you seamlessly download books straight from Amazon in a matter of seconds. And, even better, you can load the Kindle with thousands of free e-books from sources such as Project Gutenberg. (Few people know this.) This guide will show you how to download a free book from Project Gutenberg, and then read it on your Kindle. You can also find many free ebooks for the Kindle in our Free eBook collection.

Step 1:

Go to http://www.gutenberg.org and search for a book you would like to read.

Step 2:

Once you've found a book that you want to download, download it in MOBI format if possible. If no MOBI format exists, then using plain text works as well.
Step 3:
After your download is complete, plug in your Kindle to your computer's USB port. The Kindle will show up as a USB Drive.
Step 4:
Go to the Documents directory on your Kindle.
Step 5:

Copy the e-book file to the Documents folder. You can optionally rename the file to something more meaningful if you'd like.
Step 6:

The silver cursor on your Kindle will begin to spin. When it stops, the Kindle is finished syncing. Now you can eject and unplug your Kindle and enjoy your free ebook!
Fred Hsu designed the handy Open Culture app. Give it a spin. It's free and it's good for you.
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