Hi Monica and all, Excellent caparisoned. IN a pinch a reader can have a book in a few weeks if it is not available. Plus with the scanning software we some of us have we can have a book in 24 hours. Katie Hill Kaitlyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx You, who are thirsty, come hither: if, by chance, the fountain fails, The goddess has, by degrees, prepared the everlasting waters. translation by fulcanelli of an inscription on the statue of maitre plerre, which stood on the parvis of Notre-Dame-de-Paris until its removal in 1748 -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Monica Willyard Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2006 7:30 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 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. Monica Visit my blog at: http://plumlipstick.livejournal.com 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. 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.