Scribd is cool

Posted by Tennessee Leeuwenburg on 2007/04/05

I was just Googling to see what people were saying about The Python Papers, and I came across this link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/6424/The-Python-Papers

This awesome website provides a (flash?) rendering of the PDF version of the last edition, and includes multiple export formats. Most remarkably, it includes an MP3 export. After listening to it, I must say that I am amazed at the quality of the text-to-speech processing, especially compared to previous explorations I have made into this option.

Cool!

All the best,
-T
(Editor-In-Chief, The Python Papers)

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Eric Dexter said:
It is just a short jump from this to radio (internet sat or whatever). Anyone have a setup for that... I am using 365.com but haven't checked to see if they have kicked me out.. I would need to convert it to a lower bandwidth though... any thoughts??

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Tennessee Leeuwenburg said:
I've never looked into internet radio as a potential vehicle for broadcasting this kind of content. It's an awesome idea... Just brainstorming now:

The major difficulty in this case is that the magazine contains a lot of text which makes sense on a page, but which is very clumsy when spoken.

This is most obvious when the table of contents, opening pages of the magazine or code is being spoken. To do a really good job, there would need to be a special script for the spoken version.

Thanks for the comment!

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