Subject: [access-uk] Re: Ethics of book sharing services
An 'e-book standard has to emerge >which in turn will depend on part on e->book hardware becoming an attractive >alternative to the ordinary print book. >Whatever that standard turns out to be, >PDF, Microsoft, whatever, thorough >accessibility has to be part of it, with >speech/Braille output being an easy >option. Many will accept synthetic >speech as a way of reading vastly more >material; but I for one want my books >read professionally by a human.
If that is to happen on a much larger >scale then an infra-structure has to >come into being whereby spoken word >editions are handled by companies who >do not see readers as the only source >of demand for their product, and their >are other people, print handicapped in >whatever way, who would much prefer >to be read to.
Maybe such companies could be jointly >financed by large publishers, with some >state finance too. I'd envisage a form of >organisation partaking of social >enterprise ethics and the idea of a state >agency being combined into audio >publishing enterprises. Afraid I do not >see the RNIB qualifying to be a >candidate for such an enterprise given >its track record.
As things stand, I think initiatives like Bookshare are a good move, considering that mainstream publishers are so stubbornly determined to evade their responsibilities to us. Seems no one in this country is prepared to work hard enough or to kick asse as the Americans would say, to make it happen.
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