[bksvol-discuss] Re: books I validated today

Hi, Sue. I'm not sure that lax validating is the root of the issue, though it may be relevant in some cases. In addition, I think it is sometimes appropriate to sacrifice excellent quality when to achieve that goal would take literally 5 hours or more to bring a book to that standard. Those 5 plus hours can be better spent validating several other books whose submitters took time to submit quality scans. The concept of book validation was designed to assure basic integrity standards are met and that the copyright law is honored. It is both unfair to other submitters and a poor use of resources to spend an inordinate amount of time fixing small errors when the text is legible. I generally will not spend more than 5 hours on book validation for any single book unless there are special circumstances.

looking at some of the books that are rated as good, they appear to be books that lurked on step 1 for a long time. I suspect that they're validaters let them go through as good because of 2 factors. One is the quality of the submissions, and the other is the subject matter. Several of us are actively working on and resolving older books from step 1, including the books in txt format. These books tend to be either in rough shape or boring as watching bricks dry. Sometimes they're both. It's why they've been hanging around on step 1, and it would take a great deal of effort to make them into excellent scans. Books rated good are often quite legible, and I personally will let some books go through that way if they can be fully understood. I weigh the return for investment knowing that sometimes it's more important to make a book available to members than to let it sit unread on step 1. I do a spell check of these books and remove headers, but some of them require the services of a dedicated, full-blown proofreader to make them excellent, and I don't fit the bill. (smile) If we don't let the submissions go through as good, we have 3 options. None of them is particularly appealing. We could release the book back to step 1, thus returning it to book purgatory. We can reject the book though Bookshare clearly does not approve of rejecting legible scans. The last option is to spend time correcting the scan line by line. I'll do that on occasion with certain books that I'm really involved in and am enjoying. For books about corporate economics and the literary meaning of essays written in the seventeenth century, line by line editing is as appealing as having my dentist use his drill. I'm glad Bookshare makes it possible for us to choose how and when to draw the line in cleaning up scans.

Monica Willyard

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