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Audio recordings
Technical Information
Technical information about the use of audio recordings on Wikisource.


Adding audio recordings[edit]

To add an audio recording to a work on Wikisource:

  1. Make sure that the audio recording file has been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
    • This may involve uploading the file yourself.
  2. Place the {{Listen}} template in the notes section of the header of the respective text. Follow the instructions in the documentation of that template. Such pages will automatically appear in Category:Spoken works.
  3. Place the {{Media}} template on the Author: page(s) associated with the text (and possibly on the contents page of the work if only selected chapters, or selected texts within a collection, have attached audio recordings). Follow the instructions in the documentation of that template. This template should be placed in the notes section of the header as a key and beside the link to the text.

Audio files[edit]

LibriVox and other sources[edit]

The website LibriVox records and collects public domain audiobooks. These recordings are then released in the public domain and can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The file to be downloaded should be the Ogg Vorbis (.ogg) version, which can then be uploaded and attached to a Wikisource text.

Audio recordings may also be found on the Internet Archive, although the nature of the licensing varies. Check that the file has appropriate licensing before uploading a copy to Wikimedia Commons.

LibriVox and the Internet Archive are not affiliated with Wikisource nor with the Wikimedia Foundation.

Narrator's how-to[edit]

  • Spoken works should be uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons, not to Wikisource itself.
  • A naming scheme for the audio files has not been agreed upon yet. Some suggest to use language code-title-wikisource.ogg, for example en-Through the Looking Glass-wikisource.ogg.
  • Audio files should be tagged with the appropriate licence tag. Due to problems with the application of the GFDL to audio files, consider multi-licensing your work under a Creative Commons licence.
  • Categorise the file appropriately.
  • Audio files may be created with varying aims, but if you do put together a spoken edition for Wikisource specifically, you should conform to the following guidelines:
    • very short works should have as introductory text You are listening to (title) by (author), narrated by (narrator) for the English Wikisource.
    • longer works should have as introductory text You are listening to (title) by (author) from Wikisource, the free library and as ending credits You were listening to (title) by (author), narrated by (narrator) for the English Wikisource.
  • Works in which several characters are talking should be narrated by several speakers. If possible, a character's gender should be respected.

Listening[edit]

The audio files are in Ogg Vorbis format. Many standard playback software can handle this file type. The following list is not meant to be comprehensive but may serve as a starting point.

Windows[edit]

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Unix/Linux[edit]

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