Hi, everyone. Yesterday Elizabeth let us know that the book Chef M.D.'s Big Book of Culinary Medicine, by JOHN LA PUMA and Rebecca Powell needs a sighted validater. Guess what! The book is in kes format. None of our sighted validaters can open it. This situation frustrates me because this is the kind of book that will be passed from blind volunteer to blind volunteer with no resolution. Why? Because only blind people can open it! I'm especially frustrated because Bookshare could resolve this easily with a policy change on file formats or by providing a converter at the time of upload. There are 11 more cookbooks like this, all in kes format. If sighted help is needed, it won't happen with these books since they aren't rtf files. Cookbooks are tough to scan and validate, and sighted help is usually needed somewhere along the way. Sighted people *don't* have Kurzweil because they don't need it, and it costs a thousand dollars. I'm not trying to bash the submitter here. I'm saying that this situation seems wasteful and silly to me. I know I can't change it, but it sure would be nice if everyone were required to submit in rtf since that's what all validaters can open and have to upload to Bookshare anyway. (sigh) Ok, I'm going to go and get some coffee. Maybe I won't feel so grumpy then. -- Monica Willyard Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com 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.