[bct] Re: MP3 books

  • From: "Stephen Guerra" <stephen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 08:27:27 -0500

David, I agree with your opinion, but will say, RFB&D will become mor of
the norm with the NLS initiative taking place within the next two years
and their hard stand will become more of a compromise with the standard
that will allow all of us to read what we want

Stephen A. Guerra
Assistive Technology Specialist
Independent Living Aids
200 Robbins Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
E-Mail: can-do@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Phone: (516) 937-1848
  Fax: (516) 937-3906

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David Tanner
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 1:22 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: MP3 books

Sorry about my following opinion but I just can't help myself.

I wish that more blind people would take the same stance against RFB&D
and the practices that they have with their books that practically force
a person to purchase a player directly from them or pay a penalty
/charge for getting a player licensed to use their books.  Maybe if more
blind people and organizations refused to go along with this practice
they would have to change their policy.  There are certainly other ways
that books could be protected than the approach that they have taken,
but it has certainly brought them in a lot more money while forcing
other dealors who would sell Daisy players out of the business because
of their policy.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 11:01 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: MP3 books

: While I realize that audible.com has proprietary books, one can,
: however,  convert them to CD.  I know, this is an extra step, but it
: very legal because they make it possible in their software.  I wanted
: get a book player for my wife, but she would rather listen to them on
: CD.  So, I simply make CDs for her of the books she wants to read.
: What's nice is that the CDs are sectioned into 10 or 15 minute
: so that if you need to find your place, it's relatively easy to do.
: course, it's not as easy as the book port, but $400 for a second book
: port, as much as I like it, was a bit too much to spend.  And if you
: re-recordable CDs, you don't have to fork out extra money for more and
: more CDs.  Of course, re-recordable cds take longer to burn, but so
: it seems to work OK.
: Neal
: -----Original Message-----
: From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
: [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mary Emerson
: Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:52 AM
: To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
: Subject: [bct] Re: MP3 books
: Rick,
: I opted not to sign up with Audible also because I don't want to deal
: with proprietary formats. I wish audiobooks.com had more MP3 books;
: few I got are quite good; you buy them and then get a pointer to their
: download area. I haven't seen them expand very much though. Maybe if
: they started a subscription service, they could grow a bit more. And
: here I speak when i've got talking books waiting to be listened to.
: Mary

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