Dear Devi, I know you posted before. I was hoping someone else would answere you, but since they haven't... Your first question is easy to answer--yes, you can download any book on page one, the download page, to validated. We call it validating, though it's really proofreading; we can't edit, in the real meaning of the word, because we're not allowed to change anything that's in the book. Of course, if you don't have the book (are you blind, partially blind or sighted?) you don't know what's in the book, and if something seems wrong you'd probably change it. Once you download the book to work on, it disappears from the download list, so no one else can take it. Someone else, not seeing it anywhere, might scan it anew, but your validated book would get into the collection before theirs probably. Also, Gustavo and Jake post a "Marissa's List" which shows what books are being worked on, what are available to be validated, and what are waiting in the administrator's queue to be approved after having been validated, so there should, theoretically, be no duplications--but that's in theory and it doesn't always work in practice.smile When you download a book, count seven days, including the day you download. If you haven't finished and uploaded the book, click on upload and you can renew it for seven more days. You can also renew a couple of days earlier, which is a good idea so the book doesn't get released. If you forget and it does get go back to the download list, you can download it again and trash that copy, which is the orignal, and continue working on the one you're working on. To go to your last question, I have no tips other than just download a title that sounds interesting to you and fix errors as you go. Ask questions as you go if you need to. Everyone has been in your position before and everyone is very helpful. If you click on Download, some people, like Shelley, will tell you in the comments how many pages the book is. Al Capone Does My Shirts sounds interesting, at least to me. Shelley does good scans and rates it Excellent. Read her comments. It has 240 pages and sounds like an easy validation. Your safest if you do not choose a book marked Fair. Even though that's the automatic rating if the submitter doesn't change it, it may also be a book with lots of errors. The Bladed Doom--Anastasia read two-thirds and spell-checked the rest. It's a western; I don't know how long it is. Take an RTF book, not one of the others. Tips for scanning and validating, and possibly frequent scannos, can be found at www.jbrownell.com, Jake's site. One I'm finding in a book I'm doing now is iv for w in a lot of words, but I don't date do a global replace. The number 1 for capital I is another, and die for the is another. r n for m is frequent. I'm sure there is a list somewhere. HTH (hope this helps). Cindy --- devi ramaseshan <deviramaseshan@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > Dear all > I am a new volunteer. I work as an aide for > challenged students. > I have not started any work so far.I have been > reading the emails that you guys exchange so that I > can understand what is going before I start > validating and editing. > I have some questions before I proceed. > Can a volunteer download any book for editing and > validating? Suppose I download a book and someone > is alreading working on that book how do I know > about that. > May I have examples of scanning and formating > errors. > I prefer to start with a small book (book having > small number of pages).Can anyone suggest one? > As you guys have good experience may I have some > tips before I start working on a book. > Thanks for your time and support. devi > > > Devi ramaseshan > > > --------------------------------- > Want to start your own business? Learn how on Yahoo! > Small Business. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Cheap talk? Check out Yahoo! Messenger's low PC-to-Phone call rates. http://voice.yahoo.com 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.