[bksvol-discuss] Re: let disabled people know they can submit without being members

I wonder if all k1000 users know they can search for bookshare books without being a paid subscriber?

So many folks who are new to k1000 might benefit from some sort of quick search option available prior to the beginning of the scanning of a book. I know there is one in the menu system but if they could hit a key and have a search done and find the book is on bookshare and get all happy and join and and and

E.


At 06:17 PM 7/29/2006, you wrote:

Elizabeth,

You'll have to define what you mean by member. The system will ask you for login information, but you don't, to my knowledge, need a paid subscription.

And, I don't see what the difficulty in going to the website is to do this task. Kurzweil is not focused on providing features for BookShare volunteers, as much as I wish they were, it's a separate product developed for scanning and reading.

Jake


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I assume it searches for those books whether or not you are a member.

E.
At 06:10 PM 7/29/2006, you wrote:

Elizabeth,

Interesting, well I'm really still scratching my head as to why those people would think that, but there's not a whole lot I can do.

To my knowledge BookShare has contacts at both Freedom Scientific and Kurzweil. Stephen Baum even showed up to the NFB user group meeting for at least part of it. Gustavo has said on the list that he tries to meet with Stephen when they attend the same conferences.

And it is of course, possible to search the BookShare database (live collection only) from inside Kurzweil. It's under the Online menu, titled, search for books.

OpenBook has a similar feature, but I can't say if the feature is a working one.

Jake
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Seemed odd to me but I have heard it now from several blind folks. Some of them work for agencies and software manufacturers too so the feeling must be widespread. The part about haveing to be a member to search worries me almost as much as the part about having to be a member to submit. I am also concerned that k1000 and bookshare do not work closely together. For instnace, it would be nice to somehow be able to input a title before scanning it and search quickly for it in the bookshare database even if you are not a member. that way, someone new to scanning can make sure the bookshare collection does not include the book before beginning the process of scanning.

How closely does bookshare work with the makers of scanning packages, particularly those made for disabled users?

E.

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