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Comment author: Robin 16 December 2014 04:05:06PM 0 points [-]

Would you consider having Less Wrong members record the sequences or do you already have people you've promised to give the job to?

Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 16 December 2014 11:56:42PM 3 points [-]

Thanks for the offer Robin but we've decided to go with professionals. Early on we auditioned people from the LessWrong community and we decided that having a well produced reading with a professional voice actor makes a big difference on the listening experience.

Comment author: Metus 16 December 2014 02:52:02AM 0 points [-]

Audible

Will it be available globally?

Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 16 December 2014 04:21:46AM 0 points [-]

It will be on Audible, I'm not sure if they have restrictions on where it will be available globally. Do you know more Metus? This will be the first book that we've personally put onto Audible. We certainly want it to be available globally. It will also be available on iTunes.

Kickstarting the audio version of the upcoming book "The Sequences"

26 Rick_from_Castify 16 December 2014 01:01AM

LessWrong is getting ready to release an actual book that covers most of the material found in the Sequences. 

There have been a few posts about it in the past, here are two: the title debate, content optimization.

We've been asked if we'd like to produce the audiobook version and the answer is yes. This is a large undertaking. The finished product will probably be over 35 hours of audio.

To help mitigate our risk we've decided to Kickstarter the audiobook.  This basically allows us to pre-sell it so we're not stuck with a large production cost and no revenue. 

The kickstarter campaign is here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1267969302/lesswrong-the-sequences-audiobook

If you haven't heard of us before we've already produced some sequences into audiobooks.  You can see them and listen to samples which are indicative of the audio quality here.

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 11 December 2014 06:35:02AM 5 points [-]

I'm not planning on listening to the audiobooks version of the Sequences, but it seems potentially valuable to me for the ideas in the Sequences to be spread. Can you give us an idea of the sort of listener numbers you've seen for your current Sequence audio offerings? (Any reasons in particular it wouldn't be reasonable to extrapolate those numbers?) Are there reviews out there discussing factors like how well Eliezer's link-heavy writing style transfers to audio?

Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 14 December 2014 10:51:25PM *  0 points [-]

Can you give us an idea of the sort of listener numbers you've seen for your current Sequence audio offerings?

So far we've relied on people coming to the sequences we've produced via the LessWrong site. As an example of numbers we've had about 100 people purchase the "How to Actually Change Your Mind" sequence.

Any reasons in particular it wouldn't be reasonable to extrapolate those numbers?

"The Sequences" is a mega volume and we're just unsure how well it will sell. We will be making them available on Audible and iTunes in an effort to spread the ideas further.

Are there reviews?

Maybe some previous listeners could let you know what they thought. I can let you know we've had 0 complaints of the audio quality.

Comment author: RainbowSpacedancer 11 December 2014 06:29:12AM 3 points [-]

For those of us that have already purchased some podcast sequences from Castify,

  1. How much of this audiobook will double up (in terms of both content and new voice acting)?
  2. Will currently unavailable individual sequences be available for purchase separately at some stage?
Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 14 December 2014 10:46:06PM *  1 point [-]
  1. How much of this audiobook will double up (in terms of both content and new voice acting)?

About 1/3 is covered by posts that have been read in previous sequences.

  1. Will currently unavailable individual sequences be available for purchase separately at some stage?

If this project includes a complete sequence we'll also release that as a standalone purchase.

PS: Thanks for your prior support, we wouldn't have made it this far without you.

Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 10 December 2014 10:52:41PM 9 points [-]

FYI. Any purchase of an audiobook will come with the corresponding ebook version.

The Promoted Posts and the Metaethics sequence now available in audio

16 Rick_from_Castify 03 June 2014 02:00AM

We are proud to announce audio versions of the Less Wrong Promoted Posts and the Metaethics major sequence, both now available via a Castify Podcast.

The Less Wrong Promoted Posts feed will have every new promoted post which has been tagged with the Creative Commons Attribution License.  We'll aim to have them read and to you via the podcast within 48 hours.  We've found this to be a good way to keep up with Less Wrong, especially for longer articles like last month's interesting long-form post called "A Dialouge on Doublethink" by BrienneStrohl.

The Metaethics Sequence is the next installment of the sequences we've produced into audio.  We now have 7 Less Wrong sequences in audio, with more on their way. 

As always we appreciate your support and your feedback: support@castify.co.

 

Links:

Promoted Posts Subscription: http://castify.co/channels/51-less-wrong

Metaethics sequence: http://castify.co/channels/50-metaethics

Channels page: http://castify.co/channels

 

Audio Version of "How to Actually Change Your Mind"

14 Rick_from_Castify 18 February 2014 08:23PM

The audio version of the mega-sequence "How to Actually Change Your Mind" is now available.  It's the biggest sequence we've done yet, coming in at over 8 hours of audio.  Here at Castify we think this sequence is the most important one we've done so far.

On the wiki it says, "The most important technique that Less Wrong can offer you is 'How to Actually Change Your Mind'".  I couldn't agree more.  If you haven't read it already I'd strongly recommend it.  If you have more free "ear time" than "eye time" or you learn better from listening this audio version is for you.

Feedback is welcome: support@castify.co

Comment author: somervta 16 August 2013 06:13:52AM 1 point [-]

Areyou still interested and are you interested in non american accents?

Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 20 August 2013 12:47:21AM 1 point [-]

We have someone doing a trial run at the moment. Happy to hear more auditions, send one through.

Comment author: pinyaka 06 August 2013 04:27:45PM 0 points [-]

Are the sequence scripts going to be edited? Eliezers work is good for an amateur, but is obviously not professional grade writing, so some editing for fluidity might be helpful.

Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 07 August 2013 01:05:48AM 1 point [-]

We do minor edits when needed but other than that the scripts are intact. While not perfect writing, the content is what matters and that comes across very well in the recordings.

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