o yeah I know. I always delete the book after I'm done reading it though. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Howell" <s.howell@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, May 12, 2006 12:05 PM Subject: [bct] Re: FW: [blindipod] Web Braille Shut Down - Please Write Immediately Of course the most amusing part about this is that anyone could take a print copy of a book and either scan or make a photocopy of it. It amazes me how some get all crazy over someone stealing something like a book when it could happen just as easy with an electronic copy as a printed copy. Sometimes I think they take security a bit to far and yeah I'm a big advocate of security, but security of your financial/ personal data. Something like a book seems much to difficult to completely protect, but they sure as hell try hard. Scott On May 12, 2006, at 12:59 PM, Jamie Pauls wrote: > > > From: blindipod-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindipod- > bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Woody Anna Dresner > Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2006 3:26 PM > To: blindipod@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [blindipod] Web Braille Shut Down - Please Write Immediately > > Hello, > > I know this is a little off topic, but since many blind MP3 users > are also Web Braille users, I hope everyone will excuse this post. > Web Braille has been shut down. Below is information about the > shutdown, including an official comment from NLS and the urgings of > a librarian to get it going again. If you value Web Braille, > please contact NLS director Frank Kurt Cylke at fcyl@xxxxxxx as > soon as possible and let him know. The more people he hears from > quickly, the better chance we have to get Web Braille back, and get > it back soon. > > Sincerely, > Anna > > > Here's the official info: > > >> If you haven't heard yet, you will all probably be hearing from your >> patrons very soon about the shutdown of Web-Braille. Any patron >> logging >> into the Web-Braille site as of 5-10-06 is receiving the following >> message: >> >> NLS: That All May Read >> >> Web-braille notice >> >> Because of technical and security difficulties, Web-Braille will be >> unavailable in the near future. NLS regrets the inconvenience and >> will >> provide further information as soon as possible. >> >> For more information contact: >> >> Judith Dixon >> Consumer Relations Officer >> jdix@xxxxxxx >> >> On May 11, 2006, the following Operations Alert was issued from NLS: >> >> NLS Operations Alert >> >> DATE : May 11, 2006 >> >> TO : Network Libraries >> >> FROM : Network Division >> >> Subject : Web-Braille >> >> Because of technical and security difficulties, Web-Braille will be >> unavailable in the near future. NLS regrets the inconvenience and >> will >> provide further information as soon as possible. >> >> For more information contact: >> >> Judith Dixon >> >> Consumer Relations Officer >> >> jdix@xxxxxxx >> >> Here is the current NLS reply coming from Judy Dixon in response to >> patron inquiries: >> >> "Web-Braille has been removed from public access temporarily. We >> apologize for the inconvenience that the removal of Web-Braille has >> caused. At this time, it is not known how long Web-Braille will be >> unavailable but we have every hope that the curtailment of the >> service >> will be short-lived. We are making every effort to resume this >> service >> as soon as possible. >> >> In the interim, all NLS-produced books and magazines are available in >> hardcopy braille from your braille-lending library. If the status of >> Web-Braille changes, information will be posted on the main Web- >> Braille >> page." >> >> In the 8-plus years that Web-Braille has been operational, to my >> knowledge, there has never been a major technical issue. It has >> been run >> with the highest degree of efficiency, and network libraries have >> been >> setting up eligible readers without a problem. Now, suddenly, >> there is a >> concern about the security of Web-Braille. Why now is NLS worried >> about >> the ability to back translate BRF files, it's always been >> possible, but >> who would do it. Back translation is tedious and subject to many >> reverse >> translation errors. In all the years of Web-Braille operation, I have >> never heard of a violation of the lending terms. >> >> Braille readers love Web-Braille and want to preserve and grow it, >> not >> shut it down because of abuse. This precipitous action strikes me >> as too >> harsh a response too late. There is no problem with Web-Braille >> today, >> there wasn't one yesterday, and instead of removing it completely, >> let >> NLS work to incorporate Web-Braille into the digital rights >> management >> scheme of the new digital talking books for the future. >> >> Don't penalize all Web-Braille users -- braille readers of all ages >> using braille aware devices such as BrailleNotes, Braille Senses, >> Braille 'n Speaks, and Packmates; deafblind patrons who have such >> limited options for reading materials, and classroom teachers >> embossing >> materials for students, just to name a few. Don't make just one more >> protection scheme for patrons to cope with, it's getting harder and >> harder to manage whether or not all of the incription keys are on >> all of >> the devices that people use today. The burden of access shouldn't be >> placed on the borrower, if they have computer access and a Braille >> aware >> device, that should be sufficient to allow them access to Web- >> Braille. >> >> Without Web-Braille, network libraries are going to see a significant >> increase in their costs for handling and processing braille >> materials, >> and those libraries paying for braille circulation services will pay >> more for hardcopy braille circulations that would have previously >> been >> Web-Braille transactions. >> >> I urge all of you to contact Frank Kurt Cylke at NLS >> (fcyl@xxxxxxx) and >> express your extreme disappointment at this action, and urge the >> immediate reinstatement of Web-Braille for all of our patrons who >> rely >> on it every day. This service is vital and must be restored to full >> functionality.