Thanks, Jim, this was sooo clear! Can we get the college texts to do the same and into .brf? (Still trying to get Wheelock's Latin, 6th edition. This is a funny, but true, process.) Liz Halperin and Aziza the brand new wonder guide dog Portland, OR lizzersagain@xxxxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim@xxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 1:19 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] NIMAC books NIMAS is a format: the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard. NIMAS is a flavor of the DAISY standard that specifies a minimum level of DAISY tags, more than you'd get if you just scanned the book. NIMAC is a place: the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center. It's located at the American Printing House for the Blind, as a project funded directly by Congress in the 2004 Individuals with Disability Education Act. K-12 publishers are required to put all textbooks into the NIMAS format and deposit them in the NIMAC. We get them from the NIMAC, convert them into student-ready DAISY, and add them to our collections with strings attached that come from APH's policies. Part of these strings come from the terms of the law, some come because publishers have put pressure to limit the scope of this, and some have come because of APH's comfort level as the group in charge of the NIMAC. It's permitted to scan these same books, proofread them, and add them to the Bookshare.org collection without these particular strings attached. Of course, all of our books have some kinds of restrictions: for example, our Canadian users can only download books that we have permissions to provide internationally (or public domain). Our goal is to minimize these restrictions at every opportunity. Textbooks are too important for print disabled students to have to not implement the NIMAC-developed restrictions. Many K-12 textbooks are a bear to scan, and it's great that the publishers (who have the easiest access to digital versions of their content) are responsible for delivering it. 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.