Today's edition of Saturday Sharing offers, for starters, links to free e-books, National Jukebox recordings, and the full text of Charles Darwin's letters to some 2,000 correspondents.
✦ Downloadable e-books are available through the poetry journal Moria. Online issues of Moria date back to 1998.
✦ The independent press Siglio, in Los Angeles, devotes itself to "uncommon books that live at the intersections of art and literature." Among its offerings are Joe Brainard's The Nancy Book (2008), geographer Denis Wood's Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas (2010), and It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image + Text Work by Women Artists & Writers (May 2011). In addition, Siglio publishes special limited editions of artwork to accompany many of its titles, such as painter Nancy Spero's Torture of Women, Panel XI, a hand-pulled photo-lithograph; and It is Almost That, a box set of 10 saddle-stitched booklets and folded broadsides. Check the site's section Ephemera for booklets, posters, postcards, and other title-related items.
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✦ Poet Edward Byrne, editor of Valparaiso Poetry Review and co-editor of the recently announced Valparaiso Fiction Review has a new Website, launched in time to celebrate the release of his most recent poetry collection Tinted Distances (Turning Point Books, 2011).
✦ The Library of Congress has created a site for a fabulous new resource: National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available free of charge. In addition to drawing on LOC's own collection, National Jukebox offers recordings on labels owned by Sony Music Entertainment. Content, to be increased regularly, also includes 10,000 recordings, dating between 1900 and 1925, of the Victor Talking Machine Company. Users may browse all recordings or access content by artists and genres. They also can go here to learn what was recorded on any given day of the year. Curators, partners, and guest experts have created series of featured playlists to enjoy.
Go here to find out how digital recordings were made from 78 rpm discs.
✦ Drawing on millions of historical documents, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com have collaborated to produce the World Memory Project, which makes available online searchable records of Holocaust victims. A set of FAQs about the project, which has resulted in creation of the largest free online resource for information about persons subject to Nazi persecution, is here.
✦ The full text of more than 6,000 of Charles Darwin's letters is available electronically at the Darwin Correspondence Project. Darwin corresponded with more than 2,000 individuals; his letters are organized online under the topics science, religion, ecology, gender, geology, and human nature. A series of podcasts about the letters and correspondents complements the original documents.