[bksvol-discuss] Re: NLS vs. Bookshare

I agree!
   
  Barbara

wvusuperfan22 <wvusuperfan22@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  I don't have a problem with those new players but I kind of wish they could 
do something similiar like they do with Web Braille with audio books where 
you could download it as an audio file and then save it to your computer and 
then either listen to it on there or put it on your I-pod/MP3 player which 
ever you want. I figure this would cut down on costs since they could just 
store everything on a computer and not have anything at all cards, 
cassettes, nothing like that. They could also save in tha they wouldn't 
have to purchase any kinds of players for their patrons.

I understand though that not every one of their patrons is computer savvy so 
they have to have somethng that will suit everyone but it would sure be 
nice. I think I would listen to a lot more audio if I could just download 
it like you can do with Bookshare instead of having to order it.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Evan Reese" 
To: 
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 4:07 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: NLS vs. Bookshare


>I don't know. I think solid state storage is better than CD. No moving 
>parts, less chance of breakage of the players I would think. No worries 
>about scratches messing up the reading of the memory.
>
> Evan
>
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> Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 12:21 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: NLS vs. Bookshare
>
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>> In their own sweet way, NLS is startig to get with technology. I'm a bit
>> dubious re their solution to digital audio, because they're kind of
>> reinventing the wheel. It's some proprietary form of flash memory
>> cartrige, but the player, as I just found out, will accommodate some 
>> forms
>> of digital download.
>>
>> I don't think they gave the DAISY CD a fair shake and that minds were 
>> made
>> up too early in the process; but once it's fully deployed, (Give it three
>> years), they just may be proved right.
>>
>> Anyway, even in the cassette field, the C1 player, though a bit clunky,
>> isn't that big. The traditional recordplayer has all bug disappeared,
>> something I'm going to have to confront when mine wears out. The 
>> flexible
>> disks on which magazines were direct-circulated until 2000, were cheap to
>> produce and quite durable. I should know; I have a whole shelf full of
>> them.
>> -- 
>> "i dont see why these idoits are always after us. its not our falts its
>> stupid bush's." Seen on ABC Web Comments." Music stops May 15! Pax, Max.
>> or 
>>
>> On Tue, May 8, 2007 19:22, wvusuperfan22 said:
>>> Hey Jamie:
>>>
>>> I am subscribed to nls but not bookshare; I am going to subscribe soon 
>>> as
>>> I love bookshare.
>>>
>>> I like NLS and the Web Braille service fine, but the only problem I have
>>> is they do not have that many books in braille so they have a lot of 
>>> books
>>> that bookshare.org does not have except they are on cassette. I am a
>>> really good braille reader and would actually read the books instead of
>>> listening to them although I do not mind audio. I wish NLS could do
>>> something where they maybe have an option for talking books similiar to
>>> Web Braille in that you could download the talking book and listen to it
>>> on your computer instead of ordering it and waiting for it come in the
>>> mail and all that. Plus, with NLS talking books you have to have this
>>> huge talking book player which is annoying.
>>>
>>> I personally like Bookshare better because it ahs all kinds of books and
>>> all the books are ether in Daisy for people who want to listen to them
>>> with audio or in a BRF format so if you want to read them in braille on 
>>> a
>>> note taker, you can. You can get the books instantly rather then having
>>> to order them and waiting for them to come through the mail. Also, I 
>>> can
>>> just take my note taker anywhere and read rather then having a big 
>>> talking
>>> book player. I personally think NLS needs to get with technology more.
>>>
>>> Thanks, Kerri
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: Jamie Yates
>>> To: Bookshare Volunteers
>>> Sent: Monday, May 07, 2007 9:41 AM
>>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] NLS vs. Bookshare
>>>
>>>
>>> My friend sent this to me and asked me to ask opinions of the 
>>> Bookshare
>>> volunteers. You can email me privately if you wish offlist at
>>> jamieyates@xxxxxxxxxxx
>>>
>>> My feeling is that for $50 a year for pretty much unlimited books,
>>> Bookshare does a very valuable service. I don't know and understand
>>> completely how NLS works but from helping her with some problems I spent
>>> a long time on hold with the Cleveland library trying to sort out her
>>> NLS account (she doesn't have a Braille tty set up right now) and they
>>> were very helpful but it takes time to get a physical book in the mail.
>>> With Bookshare the access is instant. As a sighted person, I'm almost
>>> jealous! I have to drive 10 miles to the library to get the books I
>>> want. and then I can only keep them for 3 weeks. So I think Bookshare is
>>> pretty great and I tell people about it all of the time.
>>>
>>> Anyway here is what she is asking:
>>>
>>> Jamie,
>>> This is from on of my DB friends. I thought you could share with the
>>> Bookshare
>>> Volunteer list and send me any good things they have to say. (and your
>>> feelings
>>> too)
>>>
>>> a debate going on about Bookshare and National
>>> Library Service which should be providing braille readers with ANY
>>> braille book
>>> they wish to read free of charge. One member said she knew of others 
>>> who
>>> could
>>> not afford to pay the $50 annual fee for Bookshare, and neither could
>>> she.
>>> Another said that she'd like to be able to curl up in a chair and read 
>>> a
>>> brailled book. She's not sure how to download a book and convert it 
>>> into
>>> braille.
>>> I don't know anything about how to do this. I was wondering if you 
>>> could
>>> give your view on Bookshare vs NLS and what the advantages or
>>> disadvantages
>>> are.
>>> Why isn't the NLS doing what Bookshare is doing?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Jamie in Michigan
>>> Currently reading: Ceremony in Death - J.D. Robb
>>>
>>>
>>>
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