The Public Domain Podcast

Great works hand picked for you from the Public Domain and read out loud in a weekly podcast. Authors include Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe and many others. The website also includes links to public domain resources & topics of interest to literary and audiobook fans.

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

PDP #2 - "Diplomacy" by Lafcadio Hearn

If you'd like to manually download the show, it's here.

This week's tale is from a collection of translated Japanese ghost stories by Lafcadio Hearn. Lafcadio's work is a new find for me and I quite enjoyed reading the tale. The story itself is pretty short so I added in a little about me and the podcast. The whole podcast is 8 minutes long.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Linking to the PDP

The Public Domain Podcast is just getting on its feet so if you'd like to help spread the word and would like a graphical tag to go with it, here are a few I've made available:

Right click and save onto your computer than upload to your host.

If you'd like to just use a text link you can use the following:

<a href="">The Public Domain Podcast: Free Audio Books</a>

Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

PDP #1 - "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe

Well, this is it! The first Public Domain Podcast! Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat".

Download it here! Or use this link to subscribe with an aggregator like iPodder or iTunes. Length is 23 minutes and it's the complete story read by yours truly.

I have to be honest here, I chose The Black Cat because 1. its length wasn't too long 2. I hadn't read the story before so I was curious about it and 3. I'm a fan of Poe. You'll have to bear with me on some of my chosen phrasing for the story. I was essentially reading it on the fly and if I had been doing it professionally I would have added more subtlety into it. Still, it's my first podcast and I think it'll make for interesting listening.

Background outro music is an excerpt from the song Goes Nowhere by Michelle Welsh from her album Sleep-Awake and was found from Staccato Music.

Saturday, July 23, 2005


Welcome to the Public Domain Podcast blog. This project is about sharing entertaining literary works that are in the public domain by providing a weekly podcast reading.

I plan on doing a "reading podcast" once a week and keeping the length to under 30 minutes; though, to keep short stories intact, I may push through to the end if it's close to the 30 minute mark. I will list the time of each podcast in its announcement post so you can plan on whether to take it on your commute or just listen to it while doing chores or at the kids bedtime. When I do novels I will read them sequentially. I may also include a short podcast supplement which will either be book/news related or a short reading in and of itself.

If you'd like to contribute a reading of your own, have suggested readings or would just like to comment privately feel free to email me at

Happy listening!
~ e