Yes, I had that thought, too. Cindy --- On Tue, 8/12/08, Mike and Lori Castner <mandlcastner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > From: Mike and Lori Castner <mandlcastner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bookshare & PQ submission > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 9:50 AM > Maybe what we need is validators for PQ books. One of the > things I hate > most is words that are hyphenated between lines, and worse > yet, between > pages. There may be other things to look for. We want the > best reading > experience we can possibly deliver and my example of > hyphenation would > certainly detract from any book, including a PQ book. > Mike > ----- Original Message ----- > From: <Jim@xxxxxxxxxxxx> > To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:46 AM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bookshare & PQ submission > > > > Reading the thread about publisher quality > submissions, I thought it was > > worth weighing in with more information. The mission > of Bookshare.org > > is to get better access to books to people who cannot > effectively access > > print. I know our volunteers support that mission. > > > > I consider the issue of possibly losing quality > content, that is, > > something that makes the reader experience better > (like picture > > descriptions), is always worth looking at. That's > because it ties > > directly to our mission. I hear people worrying about > throwing out > > children's picture books with picture descriptions > and replacing them > > with publisher-supplied versions. But, I don't > think we have any > > children's book publishers providing us with > digital content. We're not > > focusing on them, because there isn't a big win > there (34 words in a > > kids book is not that hard to get in by typing). > We're focusing on > > textbooks and technical books, and getting trade books > when we can. > > Scholastic gave us permission to provide their books > globally, but > > didn't give us any digital content. So, I think > folks should not be > > worrying about a surge of kid's picture books with > 34 words in place of > > 34 words plus nice picture descriptions. > > > > The other important part of publishers supplying > content is that almost > > all of them provide these global rights that enable us > to expand > > Bookshare.org to serve all print disabled people > globally. That's > > really important for our mission: many more people > need us than live in > > the U.S. Publishers often require us to replace the > scanned books with > > the digital books, to minimize the concerns publishers > and authors have > > about having errors in their work. This is a big, big > concern of > > authors, and we have to acknowledge that as creators > of the wonderful > > books we share, we have to respect their concern that > their works be > > communicated in the as close to the original quality > as possible. Our > > community has benefited from the dedication of our > validators to ensure > > these outcomes. > > > > The issue of "throwing away" volunteer work > to give the reader a better > > quality book seems like an odd issue. Improved > quality content has been > > the number one issue of Bookshare readers when we > survey them. It's > > certainly the number one issue of ex-Bookshare.org > users, and I take our > > failure to serve them seriously. Our volunteers have > always embraced > > making better scans of books. Why does this change > when it's the > > publisher volunteering a better version of the book? > We wouldn't keep > > the fair version of a scanned book around when it was > replaced with an > > excellent scan: we've been throwing them away with > our dedication to the > > readers. Plus, the publisher quality books are > increasingly coming to > > us with improved navigation options. > > > > Let's be honest: volunteers will continue to be > the primary source of > > books for a long time: years and years. 95+% of the > books in > > Bookshare.org is there because someone in our > volunteer community > > decided it was worth having. If someone complains > that a book isn't of > > the quality it says it is, we'll replace it with a > better one. That's > > we've decided that if one person in our community > thought it was > > important to have, we will invest the money to buy the > books and the > > energy to replicate it. > > > > We're here fighting for equality for readers with > disabilities. The > > "powers that be" are pretty clear about > mission and our entire team > > spends a lot of time trying to figure out the best > ways to accomplish > > that mission. My suggestion is that when there are > changes (and there > > are going to be a lot of really great changes) to > Bookshare.org, that we > > can assume that everybody on the Bookshare.org team, > users, volunteers > > and staff, are all trying to accomplish the grand > goal: the highest > > quality books at the same time as non-disabled people > have them, for the > > same of lower price! > > > > Jim Fruchterman > > 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. 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