One thing we should ALL keep in mind is that the majority of subscribers to bookshare.org are paying customers who neither scan nor validate. We should not loose sight of how they woulld feel about inferior copies of books. They pay $75 the first year and $50 each year thereafter, while NLS subscribers pay nothing. As Mike pointed out in a recent post, validation is subjective so we are not all going to feel the same way about it. We should, however, remember PAYING CUSTOMERS. That is my last post on this subject, no matter what anyone else says or how long this discussion lasts. Regards to all, Sue S. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <plumlipstick@xxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 2:30 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: books I validated today >I can see how using Braille would point out the flaws in a >book. Speech is far more forgiving in that department. That said, >I believe that submitters have the right to have their books >processed in a timely fashion if they comply with Bookshare's >submission requirements. Since Bookshare allows good rated >submissions to be accepted, it leaves validaters with the critical >choice of determining the fate of those books. I understand your >commitment to quality. The thing is that if we were honest with >ourselves, how many of us are interested enough in corporate finance >to validate books about it? Is the submitter of such a book worthy >of less attention because he has chosen a subject that doesn't >capture our interest? Our volunteer base is small compared to the >membership base. Is it fair to them that we keep books in pergatory >for a year or more because we have stringent standards beyond those >of Bookshare itself and impose those standards on books in the step >1 area? To say that one should only validate what one likes in >order to produce maximum quality imposes a tacit policy of >censorship, skewing the content of the collection toward books >validaters enjoy. This undercuts the will and efforts of the >submitters and possibly that of the Bookshare membership as well if >they have requested that certain titles be scanned. Further, I >would submit that many Bookshare users would prefer to have access >to a book rated good and to have the choice of whether or not they >will read it. To me, this position against submission of books >rated as good is objectionable, and I am beginning to feel >frustrated when the same people bring up this issue from time to >time but do little to present a practical solution that would >protect the interests of submitters. >Our over all trend is toward scans rated as excellent, and that is a >wonderful thing. Some of our submitters are getting credits that >they actually earned last year, and I think that is a good thing >too. I would like to see more people celebrating the fact that >these books have been dealt with and that our step 1 queue is much >smaller and more current. I would also like to see people with an >eye for detail pitch in and help process these older books, whether >that means fixing them up or rejecting them if they do not meet >Bookshare's requirements. > Monica Willyard To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.