[access-uk] Re: mp3 lending services

Christine

I am already a member of RNIB TB.

By the way, when you go to the Calibre website, enter on the link that says
Calibre Services.  From there you will find a link that says find out how to
join.

Also, if you go to the news link you will find a link to send an e-mail to
join the mailing list.

Looking at the site, I discover that they have 86 volunteers, most of whom
put in a morning or an afternoon.  They send out 2000 books each day.  They
say they often return books on the same day, but I haven't found this to be
the case, although this may be due to Royal Mail.  Post does seem to be a
bit slow at present.  Even RNIB can't do anything about that, and I do
wonder whether Royal Mail will be able to carry on our free postage for much
longer, as there is now so much competition against them.  Apart from plenty
of junk mail and a few official communications, my post is mostly talking
books, so I don't complain if things are a bit slow.

RNIB now has a new streaming service which I have joined, and I am also a
member of Audible and the Audio Club of One Word Radio.  This means that if
I have nothing on tape or CD, I can still access something to read.  It
would be great if all the libraries went over to a streaming service or
provided downloadable books, but the ones I have joined do have to be paid
for.  Calibre is the only free service, and I hope it can go on being free.

Wendy

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Christine Weetman
Sent: 29 July 2007 19:16
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: mp3 lending services

RNIB Talking books is amazingly good Wendy (except I Still haven't had my
copy of the new HP book yet!  I'd join TB any day if I was you, the
turn-about is very quick and you can have five books out per time!

Christine.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wendy Sharpe" <w.sharpe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2007 5:22 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: mp3 lending services


> I'm afraid it seems so.  I haven't been a member for long, but turn round
> does seem slow.  However, I think we need to bear in mind that because it
is
> a free service they largely rely on volunteers.  I believe they have about
> sixty people who deal with checking in and sending out books.  Judging
from
> my membership number they have almost 55,000 members, so there must be a
lot
> to deal with every day.  I don't know how RNIB talking books are dealt
with,
> but I suspect they have more people who are paid for the work.  Calibre
> volunteers probably give what time they can each week.
>
> Wendy
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of
> Karen Burgess
> Sent: 29 July 2007 01:53
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: mp3 lending services
>
> talking of calibre, any people who are current subscribers, what is the
turn
>
> around time like between books, i've only sent my first lot of books back
> and have been waiting on over a week on replacements, is this usual??
>
> karen
> Karen Burgess
>
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> Karen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Christine Weetman" <goatmum@xxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2007 1:46 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: mp3 lending services
>
>
> >O Wendy, you couldn't have been any more helpful!  /Thanks so much, I'm
> > going to sort it out tomorrow, but its late now so I should be signing
> > off,
> > Thanks for the big help, most greatful Christine.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Wendy Sharpe" <w.sharpe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:52 PM
> > Subject: [access-uk] Re: mp3 lending services
> >
> >
> >> Yes, Calibre are putting their books onto MP3 CD's as well as tape.
> >>
> >> The website is:
> >>
> >> www.calibre.org.uk
> >>
> >> You can find out all about everything there, and you can even fill in
the
> >> application form online.
> >>
> >> For the mailing list, go to:
> >>
> >> www.whitestick.co.uk/
> >>
> >> You will find many interesting links there, but go to the one that says
> > join
> >> a mailing list, and you will find the Calibre list there.  The reason I
> > tell
> >> you to do it this way is that Tom Lorimer, who runs this site, has made
> >> it
> >> very easy by giving you links that you just enter on to join lists.
> >>
> >> I hope that helps.
> >>
> >> Wendy
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf
> > Of
> >> Christine Weetman
> >> Sent: 28 July 2007 22:53
> >> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> Subject: [access-uk] Re: mp3 lending services
> >>
> >> Are you saying Calibra now do Cd's?  How do I re-join it?  I used to be
a
> >> member many years ago?  Do they have their own email group also?
Thanks
> > for
> >> any help. CW
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Adrien Collins" <adriencollins06@xxxxxxx>
> >> To: "access uk" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 3:02 PM
> >> Subject: [access-uk] mp3 lending services
> >>
> >>
> >> > Hi
> >> >
> >> > Does any one know of any other book lending services which
> >> > lend books on mp3 disks? I already use Calibre.
> >> >
> >> > Regards
> >> >
> >> > Adrien
> >> >
> >> > You can get me off list at
> >> > adriencollins06@xxxxxxx
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