[bksvol-discuss] Re: Publishers and Bookshare As a Library

Hi Kim and Gary!

The first Audible book that I bought after I discovered that I could listen to the samples with FireFox and Window-Eyes, I just happened to find the book I wanted on Amazon and noticed that it was available in audio format, and, when I hit that link, I was brought to the Audible site. I couldn't buy that format until I signed up for an Audible account. After I did all of the necessary Audible stuff such as signing up, downloading and installing the Audible Manager software and enabling my reading device, which is my Olympus digital recorder, the DS-50, then I went back to Amazon and bought the book. In that case, buying the book through Amazon rather than directly from Audible saved me $4, though I don't think there is usually a savings when buying Audible books through Amazon.

Debby

At 01:16 PM 12/13/2009, Kim Friedman wrote
Hi, Gary, you're probably right about amazon owning audible. Still you can
get stuff through audible's web site. I haven't attempted getting audible
downloads from amazon.com. The offer still stands. Regards, Kim.

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Thanks for the offer.  I said what I said because I was under the impression
that Amazon owned Audible.

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> Hi, Gary, if you get a subscription to audible.com, you won't be
> downloading
> your books from Amazon.com but rather from the audible.com web site.
> Amazon.com is fine if you wish to pay for your books on CD, but if you go
> to
> the audible.com web site and join a plan, you'll be charged a certain
> amount
> per month plus you'll have credits (depending on the plan you choose)
> which
> you can apply to purchase your audio book for download. Granted the site
> is
> frustrating at first (or at least I found it so), but if you need a hand,
> I'd be glad to help you out. One thing you'll definitely need and that's
> the
> audible manager software downloaded to your computer. Also, it helps to
> register your device (if any) and save your settings. What screen reader
> are
> you running? Also, if you have a VR Stream, you can register and activate
> your device by connecting it to your computer. Also, the customer service
> people at audible.com are very helpful. When I first started downloading
> books from audible.com, they did it for me by connecting to my computer,
> but
> now I know how to download and transfer books, thanks to somebody on the
> VR
> Stream users list who let me know what keystrokes should be used. Again,
> I'd
> be happy to help you out. Regards, Kim Friedman.
>
> -----Original Message-----
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>
> Nicely done.  I'm thinking about getting an Audible subscription, but
> hesitate precisely because of Amazon's behavior vis a vis the Kindle
> access.
>
> I have not made up my mind.
>
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> From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 2:35 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Publishers and Bookshare As a Library
>
>
>> Denise, you're right. I see the logic in your point in that Bookshare
>> doesn't work like a local public library. There is an inequity here. Yet
>> Bookshare's existence was created by another inequity that publishers
>> knowingly chose not to rectify. Bookshare stands in the gap, providing a
>> service we cannot get elsewhere, even if we are prepared to pay for it.
>>
>> It costs us over $1,000 for equipment to scan and read a book for
>> ourselves,
>> not even counting the cost of the book and the time taken to scan it. Yet
>> any person who can read normally can walk into a library, get a book,
>> read
>> it, and return it with ease. All they have to pay for is the gas to get
>> there or for someone to drive them. My dad has read 54 novels this year,
>> all
>> bestsellers, without paying a dime. The library is 10 minutes from our
>> house, near our grocery store. He pops in for a book, and he's happy as a
>> clam.
>>
>> We generally don't have that option, except for the small amount of books
>> available with NLS. There are over 35 million books out there, and the
>> NLS
>> only has around 65,000 of them, half of which have been retired due to
>> age.
>> The NLS has destroyed thousands of our books, against our will, because
>> they
>> were supposedly too old or not recorded well enough. We actually have a
>> total catalog now of about 40,000 books through the NLS. Out of 35
>> million!
>>
>> Is Bookshare totally fair to publishers? Probably not. Then again, is it
>> fair that we have to pay dearly for a scanner and software just to read
>> one
>> book when they already have that book in electronic form? I'd say no. So
>> there is unfairness on both sides. I think the person with the deeper
>> pockets, greater muscle, and the clout to act should be the party to take
>> a
>> step forward. Then I'm ready to meet them halfway.
>>
>> This is an issue where I feel a lot of frustration. To me, this whole
>> thing
>> boils down to one issue, business 101. You sell what customers want to
>> buy,
>> and they pay you for it. Your customers show you what they want by their
>> spending actions and feedback. That's not happening here, and it's not
>> Bookshare or any of us causing it. The publishers will not sell us what
>> we
>> want to buy. And when Amazon started making it possible on the Kindle,
>> the
>> publishers stepped on us like we were little black ants under their
>> boots.
>> If I treated my customers that way, I'd go out of business right now.
>>
>> I'd be happy to pay for books if publishers would make fully accessible
>> versions of their books available. My Audible account reflects this in
>> abundance. All publishers need to do is give us access to TTS on the
>> Kindle
>> and a secure Braille converter for their e-pub format. Both actions are
>> simple to do at a very low cost to the book industry as a whole. They can
>> still use DRM, and they would find that print disabled people read a
>> great
>> deal more than the general public. Since they're not willing to address
>> this
>> issue, I'm not willing to give up Bookshare to possibly prevent them from
>> losing money. When they treat me like a customer worth something, I'll
>> become one, and a loyal one at that.
>>
>> Publishers don't seem to remember that their customer matters and that if
>> you treat a person like a non-customer, you will lose money. This is
>> economics 101, what every kid learns in high school. Action comes first,
>> than comes the reward of a sale.
>>
>> Finally, since I need to buy and scan books for Bookshare if I want to
>> read
>> them, I am annoyed that I have to find a home for the print book when I'm
>> done with it. It's of no use to me since I can't see it or read its
>> contents
>> myself. I use a free site to swap it for something else, and the
>> publishers
>> scream bloody murder for not getting a royalty from that swap. If they
>> want
>> me to stop doing this, they need to treat me like a customer, let me buy
>> books I can read, and enjoy their profits. I'll enjoy not needing to scan
>> and can spend that time doing something with my family.
>>
>> Ok, climbing off my soap box now. (smile)
>>
>> Monica Willyard
>> "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker
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