[bksvol-discuss] Re: Publisher Quality Books needing synopses

Hi Ann,

I wish you could get out of the habit of berating people on this list.  I am 
deliberately sending my message to the whole list so yoou will know how it 
feels.  Your remarks about Mayrie sound so sharp, and I have noticed this 
about a lot of your posts.  It is as if you are putting yourself ABOVE the 
average volunteer, but on bookshare, you are just another volunteer. 
<smiling>

Sue S.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ann Parsons" <akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 10:36 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Publisher Quality Books needing synopses


Hi Mayrie,

Hmmm, I've left your message below deliberately.  I think you are right
in that the publisher Quality books do need synopses.  I think that
before you decide not to submit any more books, you may want to
consider how this boycott will affect readers.  The Bookshare staff
isn't going to care if you don't submit any books, just you, Mayrie.
The whole volunteer contingent would have to boycott Bookshare in order
for it to affect the staff.

On the other hand, here's a couple of solutions.  First, your
suggestion of making the submitter of the Publisher Quality books
responsible for their synopses is not a good idea because these books
come in large bunches.  To make one person responsible for synopses for
all these books is, IMO unfair.

However, there is a solution, which I think will be equitable for all.
How would it be if there was a new job created called Synopsis Hunter.
It's not as interesting as hunting for the snark, I am sure, but it is
a worthy task.  Could there be a list created somewhere of these
Publisher Quality books so that a Synopsis Hunter could find them and
seek their synopses?   Might I suggest that a volunteer be given $1.00
credit for each book for which he/she found a synopsis?

This also would require one of the staff to place synopses with their
books.  this would add to their work load because the books really
should have their synopses accompanying them when they're submitted.
That allocation of staff resources should, of course be done by
Benetech admins.

No, Mayrie, I don't think you need boycott Bookshare because they
haven't refused to fix the problem.  They haven't had time to ignore
it, and they haven't even come onto the list to express an opinion or
give info either way.  Now, if they refused utterly to make equitable
solutions, or if they refused to listen to you, or something like that,
then, you might have reason for a boycott.  However, let's not throw
out the baby with the bath water quite yet.  Give Benetech a chance to
answer us.

BTW, I noticed that Amazonia by James Rollins is now on Bookshare.  I
have downloaded this book, and plan to read it post haste.  I can't
write a synopsis because I haven't read it, but Rollins is in the same
category with Preston and Child.  There are several of his books
already on Bookshare.    His books are excellent!  They are edge of the
chair, pounding heart, non-stop science fiction/suspense novels that
will cause you to cancel all engagements, turn off your phone, put out
a Do-Not-Disturb sign on your door, and generally make it impossible
for you to do anything at all except read!  Oh, you might want to pause
long enough for sustenance, as reading does require some brain power
and food keeps your brain active.

Ann P.

Original message:
> Hello Everyone,

>         As volunteers we are required to include at least a short synopsis
> with our submissions of books in order to have them even accepted as
> submissions.  I do not like not seeing any synopses at all with the
> dozens of Publisher Quality books.  If we are required to provide a
> synopsis with each book that we wish to add to the Bookshare
> collection, I think that Publisher Quality books should not be exempt
> from this requirement.

> I don't know who is responsible for adding these new Publisher
> Quality books to the collection, but I think whoever is responsible
> for including them should also be responsible for including a
> synopsis with each book.  It isn't as though anyone had to take the
> time to scan the book, or even validate it, so someone should at
> least be held accountable for providing a synopsis.

> If I want to know if a book is of interest to me, I have to go
> seeking somewhere else a synopsis of it.  That isn't impossible, but
> it is a pain, especially since we as volunteers are required to make
> the effort to include a synopsis with each book which we wish to have
> added to the Bookshare collection.  Requirements should be
> requirements across the board, in my opinion.

> I am seriously considering not submitting any more books until this
> inequity has been rectified.

> Mayrie

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Ann K. Parsons
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