[bksvol-discuss] Re: Duplicating NLS Titles

All of these reasons are good ones. Plus, honestly, I just prefer not to read 
on tape. I don't really have a compelling reason for this. It's just that, once 
I started reading bookshare books, I felt like tapes were so very slow.

Shannon
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Evan Reese 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 11:01 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Duplicating NLS Titles


  Oh, and then there's the issue of how long it takes for most new books to 
make it into their collection - more than a year after publication in many 
cases.

  Evan

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Monica Willyard 
    To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 8:46 PM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Duplicating NLS Titles


    Hi. I can think of 4 compelling reasons to scan books that are currently 
available on cassette from NLS. In order of importance to me, they are:

    1. NLS has said they're going to retire cassettes within a few years and do 
not plan to convert most of those titles to digital format. So they will be 
completely inaccessible in just a few years. 2013 is the year they're planning 
to begin this process. Does anyone remember what happened when they retired the 
great books on records? You still can't get over half of those older books 
anywhere now.

    2. Cassettes are bulky and break easily. They are not really a great medium 
for books to begin with and are a hassle for people who like to read on the go. 
You can't easily search them for information you want or need, and you can't 
make bookmarks at your favorite passages while still being able to move around 
in the book.

    3. Our deaf/blind and some of our learning disabled membership can't use 
audio and need material in Braille.

    4. NLS has been grossly mismanaging their funding. Frankly, I think it's 
possible that they will be shut down if they don't shape up. Then we'd end up 
having to scan those books anyway, and we'd be reacting in a sort of panic. I'd 
rather have books in both places so if we lose one, we still have the other and 
aren't stranded.

    Monica Willyard

    Evan Reese wrote: 
      I don't think that it is true that we frown on duplicate books. 
Personally, I don't think it should matter. I'm validating two books now that 
are part of the NLS collection, and very well recorded at that. There are many 
here who, for one reason or another, such as being deaf-blind or hard of 
hearing, can't access most of NLS's collection - since most of it is on tape. 
So whether a book is available from NLS should not be a factor in deciding 
whether to scan it for Bookshare. If it isn't in the collection, and it does 
not violate the legalities, then it is fair game. 

      I also like Nero Wolfe, but when other commitments will allow me the time 
to scan any is something I'll have to look at. One thing in their favor is that 
most of them are not very long books, so they should be fairly quick scans. 

      Evan 

      ----- Original Message ----- From: <james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 
      To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
      Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 9:46 AM 
      Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Nero Wolf Was found 8 new Agatha Christie 
books! 



        Hi, 
        I know we frown on duplicate books and that NLS has a good deal of Nero 
        Wolf audio books, but I know of hardly any braille ones, which makes me 
        wonder how extensive our collection of Nero Wolf books is? That said, 
if 
        anyone ever wants to scan them let me know and I'll validate. 

        Thanks. 

        Jim 

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