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July 22, 2017

A couple of hours before turning in for bed, I open a bottle of wine and listen to a few chapters of an audiobbok. I have an Audible account, and I agreed to the 90 trial of Playster, but increasingly, I'm listening to more and more audiobooks through my local library. 

Last night I started listening to Gun Street Girl, written by Adrian McKinty and performed by Gerard Doyle. The book is available on Audible for $14.95 (or 1 Credit, of course), but it's also available on Hoopla and can be "recommended" to your library as a title to add to their OverDrive managed catalog.

I suspect most people reading this post will have no problem with the idea of accessing content for free through your library. But for the rare soul among you concerned for the financial well being of the artists who have made this content available to the world, rest assured, borrowing content from the library is probably a far better way to support those artists, since:

Libraries that purchase books pay a higher royalty than you do, individually, and Studies suggest that Libraries remain major access channels and important drivers of audiobook discovery. 27% of people said borrowing from a library/library website was very important for discovering new audiobooks. rSo the book you suggest to your library by clicking the RECOMMEND button that appears under the title in the OverDrive app, or the one you rate in hoopla, may be discovered by someone who otherwise may never have heard of it. 
1 More evidence of point 2 can be seen in the Goodreads poll started by Otis Chandler in 2012.

Finally, borrowing audiobooks from the library has become an extremely simple process. The more I do it, the easier it is. 

I found Gun Street Girl on the 2016 list of finalists for the Audie award in Mystery. Listening to the sample, admittedly, is easier on Audible's website, but the book was available immediately on hoopla, since my library had not reached its daily limit for borrows. And even if the library had reached its limit on hoopla, I could have recommended the book to be added to my library's OverDrive catalog through the app, in which case it would likely have been available to me sometime between ten days and two weeks.    
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Published on July 22, 2017 12:35 • 13 views

June 18, 2017

April 18, 2017

To help spread the word about The American Fathers serial, Steve Downes sat down today for an IAMA on Reddit. 

I am Steve Downes and this is my AMA! from IAmA
All of the questions were great. Steve, Adrianne, and I had a great time, and I feel like I learned a lot about the Halo community. There was a lot of positive energy during that hour.   

If you're thinking about doing an IAMA, here's what I recommend. 

Ask to be added to the IAMA Calendar. The link is located on the IAMA subreddit on the right side of the page under the words Please check out our Rules and FAQs. This should be done at least two or three days in advance.Post announcements on all subreddits relevant to your IAMA. In our case that included /R/HALO since Steve is the voice of Master Chief, /R/AUDIOBOOKS and /R/AUDIODRAMA since Steve performed the voice over for the character Victor Daco in Episode 4 of The American Fathers, and /R/RADIO considering his many years as DJ on the radio show The Drive.Make sure to respond to comments and replies to your posts. My Reddit account was not set up to forward comments to my email address when I posted the announcements, so I didn't see the comments that were made regarding the announcements until the following day. I'm glad I decided to check those posts the next day, but I could have replied to those comments in a more timely manner. About 15 to 30 minutes before your IAMA is scheduled to begin, submit your request to the IAMA subreddit. If you're like me, you're thinking it can't possibly be that simple, that easy? Well, it was for me. Their Step-by-step guide makes it clear that even spur of the moment AMAs are welcome, which suggests the process is easy by design.  

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Published on April 18, 2017 18:25 • 94 views

April 12, 2017

OverDrive manages audiobook catalogs for libraries in many U.S. states and in several countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Patrons can borrow books from the library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card or student ID. 

1) Find your library Below is a list of links to audiobook catalogs managed by OverDrive, including libraries in Australia, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. You can also use the library finder on overdrive.com or in OverDrive's app to find and open your library or school's digital collection. 

 *Next are the instructions for borrowing The American Fathers audiobooks, but, if instead of a "Borrow" button there is a "Recommend" button next to or below the book's cover, please click the button to recommend the books are added to your library's audiobook catalog. 

 2) Borrow Use your library card of student ID to borrow The American Fathers. The episodes you've borrowed will appear on your Checkouts page (under your Account). 

 3) Enjoy On your Checkouts page, you'll find options for enjoying each episode (e.g. listen to the episode in your web browser)



City of Gold Coast  

CanadaCounty of Brant 


United Kingdom 

Aberdeenshire Council 

Hampshire County Council  



Army (U.S.)   



Kitsap Regional  




Northern California  

Southern California  


Colorado Springs   





Broward County  


Tampa-Hillsborough County  

Seminole County   

South East Florida  




Idaho Falls  

North Central Idaho  




East Indiana  

Indiana Digital Download Center  

Indiana Digital Media  

Northwest Indiana   


KansasSunflower eLibrary  






Minuteman Library Network (Metrowest)   



Kansas City 




New Jersey  

New Mexico

Albuquerque & Bernalillo County

Rio Rancho

New York 



North Carolina  

North Dakota




Oklahoma City



Delaware County  

Montgomery County



Rhode Island

South Carolina

Jasmine (Low Country)

South Dakota

Rapid City


San Antonio  




Salt Lake City


Green Mountain Library Consortium


Fairfax County


Southeastern Washington 

West Virginia

West Virginia Digital Entertainment Library Initiative

West Virginia Reads

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Published on April 12, 2017 14:50 • 7 views

April 2, 2017

The American Fathers is the best Full Cast Audiobook in America. We've got the creme de la creme of Chicago's acting community, including: Adrianne Cury, Amro Salama, Amy Montgomery, Antonio Castillo, Cameron Knight, Deb Doetzer, Fawzia Mirza, Jeff Cummings, Jennie Moreau, Juan Francisco Villa, Karin Anglin, Kevin Theis, Rebecca Cox, Scott Duff, Steve Downes, Tony Dobrowolski. 

If you're familiar with the work of any of these artists you know how true this statement is. This cast is awesome. Up until now, though, we've not only been the best full cast audiobboks in America, we've also been one of the few full cast audiobooks in America. It seems, however, we are no longer one of the few.

I just published the 4 Book Series on Audible, and as part of my usual metadata change requests to ACX, I noticed that having full cast in the "Narrated by" field has put us in interesting company on the Audible platform. 

Clicking on that link, the first thing that stood out for me was the updated audiobook version of one of my favorite novels: The Handmaid's Tale. I'm a big fan of Clair Danes', but I'm eager to hear the impact expanding the cast will have on the listening experience. 

And then there's the full cast presentation of The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso. This book, along with The Notes From Underground, helped me see the power of storytelling.  

I'm hoping others in the U.S. have come to appreciate the beauty and strength of individual performances, especially when those performances are supported by sophisticated audio design. 

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Published on April 02, 2017 12:28 • 5 views

March 29, 2017

Emperor: The American Fathers, Episode 4


Adrianne Cury - Eleanor Harrington, Sarah Maddox, Chrissy Ferrell, Daco maid, Phillip's secretary 

Amro Salama -Arthur (Camelot 1 AI), Azim bin Walid bin Faisal, hacker (POP Watcher)

Antonio Castillo -President Roberto Sanchez
Jeff Cummings - Narrator, Phillip Harrington 

Karin Anglin -Natalia Daco 

Kevin Theis -Colonel Anderson, Ignacio Tafuri, Ted Watson, referee (Coliseum Night), Thaddeus Maddox 

Scott Duff -Timothy Carlock, Lieutenant Harris, David Tafuri 

Steve Downes -Victor Daco 

Tony Dobrowolski -James Maddox, David Paulson 






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Published on March 29, 2017 12:38 • 9 views

March 23, 2017

March 20, 2017

EMPERORI had originally planned to publish my serial as a podcast, but the Kickstarter campaign failed, and in 2015 ACX seemed like the only viable way to publish The American Fathers

Audiobooks published through ACX are only available for purchase on Amazon, Audible and iTunes. That is not the case with Author's Republic. In addition to buying copies of each episode of The American Fathers on Audiobooks.com, AudiobooksNow, DownpoureStoriesLibro.fm, and Nook, audiobook fans can borrow the books from their local libraries through Axis 360, Hoopla, and OverDrive.

Experiencing The American Fathers on Hoopla is very similar to subscribing to a podcast, since Hoopla makes its entire catalog available to the libraries that subscribe to its service. If your library has a Hoopla subscription, all you need to hear The American Fathers is a valid library card.

OverDrive is almost as easy. If an episode is not part of your local library's catalog, you can make a request to have it added by hitting the recommend button next to the book's title. Listeners need only to log onto the site through their local library's account. The only requirement is a valid library card. 

You will have to ask a librarian at you local library about the process for requesting that an audiobook be added to the   library's Axis 360 catalog. That process varies from library to library. 

If you have a personal subscription with PlaysterScribd, storytel, or tuneIn you can also hear The American Fathers. 

It's as if I've come full circle to the original way I wanted to make the serial available to the public. 
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Published on March 20, 2017 12:40 • 24 views

March 5, 2017

I've heard of the submerged state - all the government programs Americans use without acknowledging that they receive benefits from government programs - but the Deep State is an interesting framework for understanding our country. If you're hoping the CIA and other intelligence agencies will somehow do the same thing for the 2016 election that was done with the 2017 Oscars, you may want to watch these two videos.

I'm not really sure choosing a side in this fight even makes much sense. My ideological imperatives aren't represented by either combatant, and neither group is concerned at all about my well being.

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Published on March 05, 2017 21:14 • 10 views

January 14, 2017

There's been a lot of talk about how Donald Trump is on track to violate the constitution on day one, but I wonder, is the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court allowed to help him do so? In this post, I'm really just asking the question. Below are some interesting videos related to this topic.

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Published on January 14, 2017 05:24 • 32 views