[bksvol-discuss] Re: Textbooks and download pages?

Hi, Reggie, I've done a couple of books in the last two months that were 
educational, though not specifically textbooks. One was a manual on toxicology 
that I'm assuming would have some kind of practical lab class to go along with 
it, and another was written as a kind of continuing education book for 
practicing psychotherapists. I'm usually looking for science, so I check out a 
lot of books, flip through a couple of pages, then turn them back in before I 
pick a text to work on.

 Julie




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From: Scott Rains <scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Fri, January 21, 2011 3:06:28 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Textbooks and download pages?

Ah, curiosity Reggie. It will almost certainly get you "volunteered" for a new 
challenge on this list if you are not careful.

All textbooks are done by our vendors. Most are first scanned at Bookshare. (I 
believe we scanned 125 last month.) Level 5 and 6 books, generally textbooks, 
sometimes require three scans to capture the colored printing or low-contrast 
between letters and background colors. A very intensive process.

Our vendors are other non-profits around the world that have a social 
entrepreneurial mission, often training people with disabilities to enter into 
technology careers, and have specialized proofing experience. Describing the 
charts, graphs, and illustrations in textbooks requires an entirely new kind of 
volunteer with expert knowledge in the subject matter of each book. Benetech is 
pioneering the image description field with a grant from the Department of 
Education through our DIAGRAM Project: http://diagramcenter.org 


However, in late 2011 we will pilot ways to include members of this community 
in 
textbook proofing. Many logistical issues to resolve but this pilot is actually 
part of what I am working on today. Don't expect any visible progress on it for 
many months but keep building the skills. 


After all the rule of thumb here is, "The reward for good work is more work."


~Scott Rains~







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On Behalf Of Roger Loran Bailey [rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 6:15 PM
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Textbooks and download pages?

I have not seen any books on the checkout list that would ordinarily be
considered a textbook, but occasionally one shows up that might be a likely
classroom reading assignment. That is rare though. Those are the kinds of
titles that are considered Literature with a capital L and most of those are
already in the collection.


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Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:48 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Textbooks and download pages?


> As I find the download list somewhat frustrating and have been mainly
> watching the first page, are there textbooks to proof? I am not ready for
> that yet, with the footnotes and all, but my curiosity is getting the
> better
> of me.
> Reggie
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