Monica, Thank you for sharing your experience; it was enlightening. I happen
to live in California and get my talking books as fast as i return one. Do
you participate in any national organization of the blind in Georgia? It
sounds to me like consumers in your state need to get together and demand to
be treated like most of the rest of us in other states.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <plumlipstick@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2006 7:29 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: May 10 - almost 100 books added
Jill, I do recognize that the 2 services are different. However, since they both involve reading material for blind readers, I think comparison of services offered is fair and reasonable. The NLS program has provided many of us with wonderful books over the years, and I do not want to discount that in any way. While I agree with you that NLS produces excellent quality reading materials, I have felt a decided lack of engagement with NLS programs and staff. If you spend many hours constructing a beautiful, carved marble staircase that doesn't quite reach where climbers need to go, it doesn't mean you haven't made something nice. It does mean that people will start looking for another staircase to get where they're going though.
I am drawing the comparison between the services because I see a sharp contrast between the two services. I am listening to an NLS tape right now, and I enjoy it. However, I had to wait for 13 months to get this book. I was also told this week that even though digital books are coming in 2008, I will not be able to receive that service till early 2010 because of how the roll-out is going to happen in Georgia. That news is more than depressing for me. So as I see it, I can have lesser quality books right now, or I can wait for books that are perfectly recorded. I wish NLS continued success and happiness. I also hope we eclipse them in our scope and selection so that every blind person has a choice. They may elect to wait for NLS to record a title, and they will at least get to make that choice.
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At Thursday 5/11/2006 07:51 PM, you wrote:Bookshare certainly reflects the interest of its submitters but I for one have nothing but respect and admiration for the NLS staff who under financial constraints have produced excellent quality books. I don't envy them the job of having to choose among the thousands of books being published and I know that they try very hard to balance their selection according to the guidelines given them by the collection representatives selected throughout the country who meet with them every year. Reading is a great joy in my life and I take real pleasure in submitting books that I enjoy and think are worthwhile, but there are a lot of ooks on Bookshare that I would never consider reading and also a number of poor quality which isn't true of NLS books. These are very different services and in my opinion no effort should be made to compare them.
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