Rick, You sure managed to ask a lot of questions in this message. <Smile> I'll try to answer all of them for you. The Bookshare system gives you 7 days to validate a book before your edit session expires. It also counts the day you download the book as day 1 and will return the book to the list early on day 7. That doesn't mean you only have 7 days to validate a book, though. Somewhere around the fourth or fifth day you will find a third link for the book on your Step 2 page which will allow you to renew the book for another 7 days. If you click on the Download link for a particular book in the Step 1 list, it will take you to another page where you can see the long synopsis, as well as click on a link to download the book. If you're using Windows, I recommend opening that new page in a separate window by using either Shift-Enter or Ctrl-LeftMouseClick. That will save time returning to the Step 1 page since it will not need to be requested from Bookshare when you return to browsing it. It definitely improves the quality of the book to correct errors while you go, either as you scan and read, or as you read after the book is scanned. Scanning the book all at once using the Express Batch mode is quicker, but you'll want to stop every so often to make sure that the quality of the scan is still in good shape. You'll want to especially pay attention to the pages in the middle of the book if you're using a flatbed since they can be the most difficult to scan because of the curvature of the book due to the binding. Having letters like "m" come out as "rn" or "rn" come out as "m" is a common scanning error. It can't be eliminated, but can be reduced by choosing the best scanning contrast. Usually Automatic works fine with my Microtech scanner, but if you see a problem, you may want to play around with the contrast a bit to see if you can reduce the errors. Also, OpenBook has an Automatic OCR Correction feature which attempts to correct many of these errors using a dictionary of words with common scanning errors along with the words they should be. This dictionary has at least two known incorrect entries that you will want to fix if you use the feature. You'll want to delete the entry of "com" to "corn" if you're scanning SF or military books since com is often a substitution for the word communication. You'll also want to mark the "tom" to "torn" entry as case sensitive to prevent OpenBook from changing the name "Tom" to "Torn". If you haven't notified Bookshare that you plan to scan the book from the Wish List by clicking on the link next to the book and sending them the message that the link opens, then I recommend doing so because someone else may have already informed Bookshare that they are scanning it. If that is the case, then someone from Bookshare should reply to the message letting you know that the book is being scanned or will make a note that you plan to do it to prevent others from duplicating your effort. HTH Gerald -----Original Message----- From: Rik James [mailto:d28rik@xxxxxxx] Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 12:00 PM To: bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Time for validating a book, correccting errors in scans, and I like Daisy Among the text somewhere in the flurry of posts over the weekend someone said that you could take as much time as you needed to validate a book. I am a new bookshare volunteer, and while I have scanned a number of books, I am just beginning to try to validate some of the titles in the Step 1 area that have the .ARK format since I have OpenBook. This morning when I looked over some of the .ARK format titles, I think I recall reading in the text that a person had ONE WEEK to validate the book after downloading it, after which the title would be put back on the Step 1 list. Can someone clarify this? I did not get one today, as I was not sure if I had the time. Also, are the longer descriptions available to read before you download them, in order to know a bit more about the title before choosing to get it? Thanks. Someone also mentioned correcting scanning errors as they proceeded in a book. I really appreciated hearing that. I too feel like if I can read as I go, it makes for a better scan. Sometimes I find that when there are errors, I just re-scan and the page errors are not repeated. Sometimes I have a problem with the letters o and m being thought to be o r n. So for example the name Tom might be thought to be the word torn. I tried making and OCR correction but then what happens to that fellow, the poor real Tom? Or maybe the word commen is thought to be cornmon. Sounds like a Reggae cereal, doesn't it? Also... About reading files in Daisy format... I have just begun using the FS Reader the little Freedom Scientific Daisy reading software. It sure works slicker to me using JAWS than the one that came when I first joined Bookshare. I think it was the Viktor demo, which I found to be rather awkward for navigating through text. And navigating is what I like about Daisy as opposed to just plain text. Nice to have the means to skim through the article titles and chapter headings and such. I am going to try and complete a scan on a book I borrowed from our library that is on the bounty Wish List.... Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oukfir and Michelle Fitoussi. Anyway, thanks for the community and have a great week everyone. Rik d28rik@xxxxxxx To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to bookshare-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. To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to bookshare-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.