[bksvol-discuss] Re: books found on other services

There is also another issue: Whenever NLS changes its formats, many books are left behind - never to be accessible again. This happened when they stopped sending out records and it will happen again when they stop lending cassettes. The same thing happened with RFB&D books on cassette. I picked up a few that were on cassette that are not yet on CD, but I missed some too - probably some that I haven't thought of yet. Just last Thursday, I was saddened to discover that I couldn't find two books I like very much that they recorded years ago on tape that are now no longer available because they are not on CD. NLS has one of them on tape, but the other is not accessible anywhere at this time. I hope to fix that early next year by submitting it to Bookshare.


With Bookshare books, I would expect that whatever new file formats are created and adopted, there will likely always be devices that can read brf files and devices that will read old versions of Daisy files. Or even if that is not the case, the rtf files that Bookshare has of all submitted books can be reprocessed into any new format that comes along. In short, no more orphaned books; or it is to be hoped, anyway.

Evan

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Plus, on bookshare, yu can get the books immediately--no calling your regional library and waiting for the book to arrive.

Cat Lover Lori

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Hi,
I favor having books on Bookshare even if they are duplicates. One example
of why is that although a site like National Braille Press has them, they
are in grade two braille. That leaves out some people. NLS may only have it on tape. That leaves out some people. Bookshare offers books in both DAISY
and brf formats. That includes everyone as far as I can tell. I wish we
would stop pointing people to other sites to be honest. Instead, I feel we should get those books and put them on Bookshare. I wish they would join us
and help us. That would centralize everything.

Jim

Thanks.

Jim

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Hi all,

I was thinking about some of the requests for books that are found free on other services sites. For example, Louisa May Alcot's books. Mnay of hers

are free on Project Gutenberg.

We already have links on Bookshare that simply point to other services
sites
for books. Why can't we do something similar in this case? We have links
that point to N BP for some books found exclusively over there.

Just a brain storm.

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