[bksvol-discuss] Re: Book Quality
- From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:36:42 -0500
Shane, you've asked a great question. You're a guy who seems to be on the ball and ready to act when something isn't working. I like that. (smile) Yes, there are three ways books like these can be fixed. This is an area where anyone can pitch in and help, even if it's just to let Bookshare know which books are in trouble. First, a volunteer can scan a replacement for poorly scanned books, no matter the rating in the Bookshare system. This is the preferred way to handle things when possible. A lot of us get books like this from our local school or public library. Second, if the scannos are clearly ones that can be fixed easily, like torn for Tom or die for the, Carrie will sometimes put the rtf file of the book on step 1 for a specific volunteer to take. You have to write to volunteer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx to ask her to do this for you and explain that you think you can fix the book. Obviously, this can only be done if the text is fully intact and just needs some more thorough proofreading. This won't work for books with garbled paragraphs, missing pages, and lots of gibberish. Those types of books must be rescanned. The third and final way to get a book cleaned up is to use Bookshare's "report quality" link. If the book is of poor quality, they may be able to purchase and replace it. I know they want to make sure all of our books are of excellent quality. This is a big goal for Bookshare. According to the staff, the grant money they have for purchasing books stipulates buying and adding new books to the collection. It doesn't cover replacing books already in the collection. This isn't Bookshare's mandate. It's the Department of Education's stipulation. So purchasing and replacing books of poor quality has to be done from other funding like Bookshare's general operating budget. That fund doesn't have nearly as much money in it as the grant, so getting Bookshare to replace all books that are rated fair isn't a viable option right now. It could be over time though. I tend to work on BSOs of novels and popular nonfiction, and I ask Bookshare to help with replacing more obscure books that I can't find and scan myself. So why should you even report a quality issue? It helps Bookshare know which books are in trouble, and it also puts the titles on a public website. This lets volunteers know which books are in immediate need of attention and lets volunteers offer to help Bookshare replace the damaged books. for now, we volunteers work with Carrie and her staff to replace what we can. She uses her budget wisely to get books that members need for classes and for work. It's a partnership that's vital to Bookshare's future so our users can gain access to books that are currently unreadable. Carrie's commitment to this project has been so powerful, and she has helped to glue us together to make a strong team. It's taking some time, but we're getting there. The number of fair-rated books has been slashed by two thirds since I arrived at Bookshare. They've been replaced by much cleaner scans, sometimes even by publisher quality books. If we work together, we can get the number of fair-rated books to zero in a year or two. (smile) Just because it's on my mind, I want to thank Jill, Jamie, Evan, Barbara, Laura Ann, Lissi, Gary, Larry, Susan, Elizabeth, Marilyn, and Sue for helping to get several BSO books I've wanted to read into the system during the past year. There are many more people doing BSO work. These are just the ones I know about. You all are champions that make Bookshare work better for everyone. Monica Willyard "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Shane D Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 1:34 PM To: bksvol-discuss Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Book Quality Hello, I have noticed several books that appear to have not been proofread very well. Take for example http://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/9173/Flawless%20Consulting%20?returnPat h=L3NlYXJjaD9rZXl3b3JkPUNvbnN1bHRpbmcm, which has weird symbols replacing text throughout, and is completely unreadable, or a book like Elantris by Brandon Sanderson or Wizard's First Rule, which both have inconsistant letters. (Sool V. Fool, harm V. Ham, torn V. tom) Is there any process by which vollunteers can help clean up poor books likes these? -- -Shane Website: http://www.blind-geek.com AIM: inhaddict MSN: shane@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Skype: chatter8712 Twitter: blind_geek To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.
- [bksvol-discuss] Book Quality
- From: Shane D
- [bksvol-discuss] Book Quality