[bksvol-discuss] Re: Why No Book Reviews?

Sue,

Gustavo is not the head of Bookshare.  That would be Janice.  Here's an
excerpt from a message where Janice explained their jobs.

Janice Carter joined Benetech in late December as General Manager of
Bookshare.org and Director of all of Benetech's Literacy programs. Her
mission is to get Bookshare.org to financial sustainability (which means
about 9,000 to 10,000 subscribers). If you have suggestions for funding or
just want to vent, please send a note to janice.c@xxxxxxxxxxxx or call
650-475-5440, ext. 122. The BKSVOL-DISCUSS list is a great forum for
volunteer scanning and collections efforts, best practices and ideas that
will serve the greater audience. 

Gustavo Galindo has been with Bookshare.org since September 2002 and was
promoted to Manager, Bookshare.org Website earlier this year. He manages the
Bookshare.org website functionality and usability and oversees membership
and book collection policies and procedures which means he's responsible for
running the system that we all need to manage this business (includes
content, revenue, subscribers...). 

HTH

Gerald 

-----Original Message-----
From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of siss52
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2007 10:10 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Why No Book Reviews?


Robert,

Jim is the head of Benetech, and Bookshare is a project of Benetech.  So
Benetech is the parent coompany, so to speak.  Gustavo is the head of
bookshare, and the manager of the website.

I hoope this helps,

Sue S.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Woody" <spongebob5@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2007 9:49 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Why No Book Reviews?


  Who is Jim?  I thought the head guy is called Gustavo.  Isn't Open Book
from Freedom Scientific.  None of this seems very organized.
    The Stephen King book that gave me trouble is Lisey's STory, but other
books do too.  What is Daisy?  The new software for the Braillenote says it
can read Daisy.  Is that the same as nimas?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Elizabeth and Burton" <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 10:51 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Why No Book Reviews?


> Jim certainly deserves the award.  However, he actually won the aware for
> creating what later became open book and did not earn it for his bookshare
> creation.
>
> We volunteers expect a good deal of the staff and of ourselves.  Both
> staff and volunteers put a great deal into bookshare.  There is always
> room for improvement of course.  No improvement of any kind would be
> possible unless bookshare staff did the legal and official work needed to
> keep within the bounds of the copyright laws as they apply to disabled
> folks.  I have been with bookshare almost since its founding and have been
> a part of its growing.  Both staff and volunteers are committed to making
> it even better.  Thank you for being a volunteer and being part of our
> project.
>
> E.  volunteers think improvements can be made,
> At 10:43 PM 1/5/2007, you wrote:
>>Dear Robert W.
>>
>>When you've been on the list a while you'll find that we volunteers are on
>>a continuum in the matter of our satisfaction or frustration with
>>Bookshare and its staff.
>>
>>I'm way way at the top of the high end of satisfaction. I'm so proud of
>>Jim for winning the prestigious, well deserved award for his inventive
>>contribution to human well being, bookshare being a part of that
>>contribution.
>>
>>Bookshare still feels like a huge gift, to me, both the downloading of
>>books and the opportunity to validate. It's such a beautiful bubble I
>>still get scared it'll burst! I remember way long ago when I heard in the
>>TV news that Stevie wonder had a reading machine, and feeling sorry for
>>myself because I'd never, ever have that kind of wealth to get a machine
>>like his and I'd never be able to read the print books that I foolishly
>>bought knowing I'd never be able to read them
>>
>>Since Bookshare, not even 2 years ago yet for me, I've donated boxes of
>>those print books to our library book sales because I've either found them
>>in the collection or because Volunteers here at least a dozen of them,
>>have scanned them for me and I've had the thrill of reading them as I
>>validate so don't need to keep the print copies anymore.
>>
>>Yep, I've given up on a few blotchy books, too full of scrambled dots on
>>my braille note to puzzle out, but I've also read the equivalent of piles
>>of great BRF files and have hundreds more waiting for me to find time to
>>enjoy them.
>>
>>To me it's as if we have a super highway through the world of books which,
>>though it might have a few pot holes scattered about still gets us to
>>books that weren't on the map before. It's a highway where a few years ago
>>we didn't even have a path through the forest, where we could have bumped
>>around pointlessly, tired, battered, hungry and frustrated because we'd
>>finally make our way out without a single accessible book to show for our
>>trouble.
>>
>>Sometimes I think contented people aren't as motivated to
>>affirm their satisfaction so I'm sharing my point of view so you can see
>>both sides of the coin. And, I've learned that those of us who express
>>frustration on list help the system to evolve, which it has done,
>>steadily. By the time the elements that need attention are addressed,
>>we'll be after the staff with a new list of must have upgrades. Actually
>>the evolution is pretty exciting and the volunteers here have ingenious
>>ideas that would never occur to me. ,
>>
>>Specifically, I'm not sure when you dropped in but if you give us the
>>names of the books you've had trouble with, some of us may pick them up to
>>rescan, resubmit, validate, and upload. and you'll see what good work we
>>can do. Since you're on the list, maybe we can help you to work on a BSO
>>copy so you can be part of the solution. I'm a slow worker, but last year
>>I validated 4 books that were  better versions of inaccurate books in the
>>collection. I think you'll like the feeling you get when a book you've
>>worked on is approved and pops up on the new books list.
>>
>>I hope you'll have happier reading ahead.
>>
>>Always with love,
>>
>>Lissi
>>
>>----- Original Message ----- From: "Robert Woody" <spongebob5@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>>To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 9:51 PM
>>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Why No Book Reviews?
>>
>>
>>>       It doesn't appear that anything changes on Bookshare.  Do people
>>> really work there?
>>>----- Original Message ----- From: "Elizabeth and Burton"
>>><thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 8:40 PM
>>>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Why No Book Reviews?
>>>
>>>
>>>>Cindy, do remember that John and Gustavo are apparently so busy that
>>>>they are having a bit of lag time with volunteers.  I just wonder if we
>>>>get them started on adding reviews if they will have less time to say
>>>>approve books or write those helpful additions to bookshare site we all
>>>>ask for describing various aspects of volunteering submitting and
>>>>validating. (smile)
>>>>
>>>>E.
>>>>At 08:19 PM 1/5/2007, you wrote:
>>>>>When  I submitted mine recently a notice appeared
>>>>>saying that it would be reviewed and added in a couple
>>>>>or a few days. I'll write and ask John what's going on
>>>>>with that.
>>>>>
>>>>>Cindy
>>>>>
>>>>>--- Elizabeth and Burton <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> > Bookshare may be not up to putting up reviews just
>>>>> > now.  Sounds as if they
>>>>> > have all they can handle at the moment.  They saved
>>>>> > it I am sure.  They
>>>>> > used to send out an automated message thanking the
>>>>> > reviewer and saying it
>>>>> > would be up on the site as soon as feasible.  I only
>>>>> > submitted a couple of
>>>>> > reviews and that was years ago.  I wonder though
>>>>> > that they would stop the
>>>>> > automated message.  I thought it a nice touch at the
>>>>> > time.
>>>>> >
>>>>> > E.
>>>>> > At 05:45 PM 1/5/2007, you wrote:
>>>>> > >Hi,
>>>>> > >I submitted a review for the hunt for red october a
>>>>> > while back -- I
>>>>> > >checked three months ago and it still wasn't up on
>>>>> > the site. It's been
>>>>> > >about a year now. smile. That's why I don't review
>>>>> > anymore.
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > >Munawar A. Bijani
>>>>> >
>>>>> ><mailto:munawarb@xxxxxxxxx>mailto:munawarb@xxxxxxxxx
>>>>> > >-----Original Message-----
>>>>> > >From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>> > >[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On
>>>>> > Behalf Of Robert Woody
>>>>> > >Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 10:10 AM
>>>>> > >To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>> > >Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Why No Book Reviews?
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > >  Why are the reviews of books always blank?  This
>>>>> > feature is used a lot
>>>>> > > on Amazon,
>>>>> > >but not a bit on Bookshare.
>>>>> >
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>>>>>
>>>>>Cindy
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