Sorry, but to me, that is way too much omission. Table of contents? Not
putting that in is inconceivable to me. I can understand the index being
left out, although the last two books I scanned had indexes, and I took the
trouble to fix the first one up, and I will soon be fixing up the other, but
contents, foreword, preface, etc. may not be technically core content, but
they aren't even usually that long.
I want to try to nip this kind of thinking in the bud if I can, because the last thing I want to see on Bookshare is books turning up without contents, and other preliminary material, but especially without contents. I hope, as already stated with the possible exception of the index, that we aren't going to start seeing stripped-down versions of books here. I know that this may take extra time for some people who want to be conscientious and turn in a quality addition to the collection. This is especially true if a book has a lot of endnotes or reference notes. A recent book I scanned had a couple hundred of them. That's one of the things that sometimes disappoints me about some books that NLS puts out. When I hear something like 'The forty pages of reference notes in the print edition have been omitted in this recording.', I feel cheated. Call me a nerd if you want to, but I actually read those things. That's a good source of future reading material for me, and I want to keep it in Bookshare books.
But the main impetus to writing this was the idea put forth here that a table of contents could be omitted because it is not core content. I hope Gustavo steps on this one hard.
----- Original Message ----- From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 4:15 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: I think I know the answer to this...
You would let a book in if it were missing its preface, introduction and endnotes but contained the text and the appropriate title page copyright info? Interesting.
At 11:39 PM 8/6/2006, you wrote:
This may be surprising, but since the end notes and indices are not 'core content', you can submit the book as is. I have dropped appendices or indices a few times, when they were hopelessly muddled. I would suggest writing a note to Gustavo in the comment section when you upload the book about the missing 30 pages, since he may overrule me.
This of course begs the question: what exactly is the 'core content' of a book? I believe it's the center core of the book, not the table of contents, the foreword, the introduction, the afterword, glossary, appendices, indices, etc, etc, etc. Bookshare requires the title and copyright pages and the core content, but I believe that's all. As I said though, Gustavo may have a different opinion, so if you want to make absolutely sure, you could write him, using the email address in the To section of this email.
Pascha Lea <pascha2u@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: Hi,
I've started validating a text book, and I've just noticed that all of the end-notes and indexes aren't scanned. I have the hard-copy of the book, so I know there about 30 pages of this stuff missing. As I don't have access to a scanner, my first reaction would be to reject this as an incomplete book. My question is - would not having the end-notes and indexes make this book 'incomplete'?
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