[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: So when I was browsing Bookshare I saw that...


To Cindy,

Since you brought up the subject of new synopses, I was wondering, how does a volunteer like myself submit a new synopsis?

For a while I was wondering this question, because there are many times where I see a book with a brief and long synopsis that just says, "A book by a best-selling author," or, ""New York Times #1 best-selling author is back with a brand-new tale."

it's not so bad that this is for the brief, but when I see the same text copied and pasted in the long... Well, I get so frustrated. That kind of text doesn't tell me anything about the book.

Sorry to go on a mini vent. I didn't mean to do that on such a lovely Sunday. Lol. I had to let it out one day or go crazy. Ha ha.

Take care everyone.
Nat



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From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:10 PM
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: So when I was browsing Bookshare I saw that...

Hmm. I might be able to write new synopses for some books between proofing jobs, if I can get the books from the library. When I've uploaded books I've proofed I've rewritten the scanners' synopses. I'll bear that idea in mind--but wait--how will I know what synopses need to be rewritten?
Cinsy

--- On Sat, 5/14/11, Estelnalissi <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Estelnalissi <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: So when I was browsing Bookshare I saw that...
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 1:25 PM
Dear Melissa and Booksharian Friends

Melissa, I understand your points and agree with you. NLS
makes browsing easy and that's often how I choose web
braille, hard copy braille, taped and digitized books. It's
unfortunate that when subscribers leisurely browse books
without a particular title in mind, literally thousands of
books aren't listed in the categories where they belong.
These kinds of conditions, including other inconveniences
like the very slow loading pages, inadequate synopses and
books with scannoes because they haven't been carefully
proofread detract from the image we all want Bookshare to
deserve, that of being a quality provider of books to
reading disabled people.

When considering how volunteers can contribute beyond the
basic scanning and proofing we have always done, it would be
a boost to morale and book quality if upgrading synopses,
inserting appropriate categorization and improving accuracy
of existing files which weren't thoroughly proofread, became
volunteer tasks.

The trend has always been for Bookshare to improve over
time but new developments and policy changes inevitably
create new challenges. Many volunteers would be willing to
address these challenges.

From the perspective of our publisher partners, tagging PQ
books with appropriate categories will help the publishers
feel more appreciated as downloading of their books is
likely to increase when their books are more easily found.

Meanwhile, patience, faith, commitment to accuracy by
careful scanning and cleaning up by scanners, and
formatting, reading through every page, double checking
fonts and page numbers and spell checking  by
proofreaders, and writing informative synopses by someone
for every volunteer prepared book, and our continued upbeat
and supportive participation are ways we will continue to
contribute to Bookshare's wonderful work.

Always with love,

Lissi

----- Original Message ----- From: "Melissa Smith" <mdsmith25@xxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2011 9:56 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: So when I was browsing
Bookshare I saw that...


> Oh, I find John's list helpful too, but I'm really
talking about just deciding one day that I wanted to read a
romance novel, or something. I would normally go to the
Bookshare site, and click on the romance category. I could
then just browse all the romance titles, but since the PQ
books aren't categorized, I'd miss a whole lot of romance
novels that are available.
>
> Melissa Smith
>
> On 5/13/2011 8:37 AM, Sue Stevens wrote:
>>
>> Hi Melissa,
>>
>> I find John's list to be helpful with this.
I go through the uncategorized list each day if I have time,
and see if there are any books that sound good.
>>
>> Hope this helps,
>>
>> Sue S.
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message----- From: Melissa Smith
>> Sent: Friday, May 13, 2011 6:33 AM
>> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: So when I was
browsing Bookshare I saw that...
>>
>> The publisher quality books are often, if not
always, submitted without
>> any categories selected. I also find this very
annoying. Some time ago,
>> I asked here if someone would be going back and
categorizing them, but
>> never got a response, which I assume to mean no.
Since there are so many
>> publisher quality books being donated, people are
going to miss out on a
>> lot without them being categorized. When I first
joined, I simply
>> browsed a couple of categories that I was
interested in. Think how much
>> I would have missed. Now I usually do a search for
something particular,
>> but if I'm just looking for an interesting book in
a particular
>> category, there's a good chance I'll miss
something I would have liked
>> to have read.
>>
>> Melissa Smith
>>
>> On 5/13/2011 6:16 AM, Nat Barrett wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I was wondering about something. And I didn't
know where else to throw this out except the volunteer
list.
>>> Anyway, just now I clicked on the new to
collection page. I was surprised to see quite a few
publisher quality Harlequin books.
>>> The thing is, I didn't remember seeing them
earlier, when I cruised through the romance category
Thursday afternoon.
>>> Thinking maybe they were recently added since
the date of addition was 5/13/2011 and where I am it's only
a little after 1 a.m. Friday morning as I type this, I
thought maybe it was very recent.
>>> However, I clicked to browse the romance
category again, and I was correct. Those books I saw on the
new to collection page were not listed in the romance
category. In fact, when I clicked on one of the books listed
on the new to collection page, they didn't have a category
selected at all. Or at least, not that I saw.
>>> Is this a simple oversight or is there a
reason for this? I'm just a little confused because normally
when I want a romance, I look at the romance category page
for new additions.
>>> I'll work through this if this is the way. But
I'm going to find it a little more time consuming to check
out what's done by Harlequin and what's a fiction novel with
heavy romantic influence. If that makes sense to everyone.
Lol.
>>> Thanks for listening to me ramble,
>>> Natalie
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