Hi everyone,There are so many books in the world that I think it's *highly* unlikely that we will
ever have a collection consisting of only publisher quality books. So I really recommend not worrying about a possible publisher takeover anytimesoon. Volunteers are still incredibly important too Bookshare and likely will remain so for a long time to come.
The idea behind importing any publisher books is to prevent people from having to scan or validate them. The idea is that most of the books we import are not already in the collection. Yes, it's likely that we will import some books already in the collection, but I think this is a rather small percentage. What's more, aside from the HarperCollins books, we can't predict which books we will have donated by publishers. So while we may get a book from some publisher in the next six months, it is still beneficial for someone to scan and validate it now so that members can enjoy it in the meantime. Does that make sense? We also like to have publisher books because they are the best qualitypossible. Bookshare considers quality important and I think the members and volunteers do too.
So I encourage you all to please not get too frustrated with the import of publisher quality books. It is unfortunate that some books that one scans now may be replaced by a publisher book someday, but I don't think that makes any book not worth scanning at the moment. Moreover, as I've mentioned above, since we can't know for sure which publisher books may be donated to Bookshare in the future, it is still extremely important that we all work to get as many books into the collection as possible. I hope this has helped clear up some confusion and ease some anxiety. Both Bookshare staff and members appreciate all the work our volunteers do and are thrilled that you are continuing to create such great books. Best, Allison allisonh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx----- Original Message ----- From: "siss52" <siss52@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2008 6:21 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: HarperCollins donations
These publisher quality books concern me. John Glass said something to the effect that someday they hope to have all publisher quality in the collection. We have some topnotch submitters and validators, and a lot of the books in the collection reflect this. I would hate to see books that deserve their excellent rating replaced. Sue S.----- Original Message ----- From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2008 2:17 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] HarperCollins donations Allison H was kind enough to send me the list of books that HarperCollins has donated to bookshare. I gather that bookshare is working on making them available for download in BRF, and Allison and some of you kind people are working to affix short synopses. Then they'll be added to the collection. Some already have been added, replacing one book that I spent time validating, though my synopsis was left intact. Whether others will replace books already in the collection, even if they're Excellent, or will be added along with them so members have a choice as to what to download, I don't know. I certainly hope not the former. Anyway, I plan not to validate any books on the list. If any of you are thinking of scanning or validating books published by HarperCollins, you're welcome to check with me if you don't want to do one of the books that will be added by the publisher. Unfortunately, we couldn't wait for the Princess Diary books to get into the collection from the publisher. Only Princess in Training remains, and Judy is validating that. Yay!! G.Cindy ***WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/Book_Requests.htm http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ http://studentpages.alma.edu/~07jmyate/book_requests.htm A LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/scanning.html Jake's site for useful links: http://www.jbrownell.com/bkslinks.html ____________________________________________________________________________________ Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now. http://mobile.yahoo.com/;_ylt=Ahu06i62sR8HDtDypao8Wcj9tAcJ 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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