[bookshare-discuss] Re: see long synopsis a waste and frustrating

Phil,

Anyone can write a synopsis for a book in the
collection and send it to Claire or Carrie and they'll
put it in. One can also write a review of the book and
submit it. The review opportunity is at the bottom of
the page the book is on.

G.Cindy

--- Phil Vlasak <phil@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Is it possible to make the synopsis a sort of WIKI
> in which anyone 
> registered to Bookshare can edit the text?
> Of course with the older version backed up so the
> Bookshare staff can remove 
> the edit if necessary.
> Phil
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mayrie ReNae" <mrenae@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:04 PM
> Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Re: see long synopsis a
> waste and frustrating
> 
> 
> > Hi!
> >
> >         What a simple idea!  And a good one!  Now,
> let's hope for 
> > implementation.
> >
> > Peace,
> > Mayrie
> >
> > At 06:30 PM 4/15/2008, you wrote:
> >
> >>I think there should be one synopsis, instead of a
> short one and a long 
> >>one. Saves us lots of trouble.
> >>Happy Reading,
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>Nati
> >>
> >>Now Reading Thunder And Roses By Mary Jo Putney.
> >> > From: hillikera@xxxxxxxxx
> >> > To: bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> > Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Re: see long
> synopsis a waste and 
> >> > frustrating
> >> > Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 17:48:33 -0700
> >> >
> >> > Hi everyone,
> >> >
> >> > Bookshare is definitely working to make
> synopses as high quality as
> >> > possible. I've written about 130 of them in the
> past week because
> >> > well-represented books are very important to
> me.
> >> >
> >> > I have a question for you all. Do you mind it
> if a book has a tiny
> >> > description and then a referral to the long
> synopsis? It would look
> >> > something like this.
> >> > "Bob goes to the store and gets abducted by
> aliens. See long synopsis."
> >> > I made that one up of course. I don't hink Bob
> has been abducted by 
> >> > aliens
> >> > recently. . In any case, is that scenario good
> by you all? I
> >> > normally try
> >> > to avoid the statement see long synopsis, but
> once in a while I find a 
> >> > plot
> >> > that fights me and resists being put into a
> little box. So I compromise 
> >> > as
> >> > in the example
> >> > above. What do you think?
> >> >
> >> > BTW, while I'm writing, thanks to Bob for his
> synopsis-writing help. 
> >> > He's
> >> > been incredible!
> >> >
> >> > Best,
> >> > Allison Hilliker:
> >> > Bookshare.org intern.
> >> > allison.h@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> >
> >> > ----- Original Message -----
> >> > From: "Bob"
> >> > To:
> >> > Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 1:47 AM
> >> > Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Re: see long
> synopsis a waste and 
> >> > frustrating
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >>I want to second this opinion. I hate "see long
> synopsis" descriptions
> >> >>almost as much as I hate the "none"
> designation.
> >> >>
> >> >> A synopsis is usually easy to write even if
> you haven't read the 
> >> >> entire
> >> >> book. I've been assisting Allison Hiliker in
> writing synopses for
> >> >> publisher quality books, and believe me, it's
> easy, and can be fun. 
> >> >> I've
> >> >> found several of those books I'd like to read,
> not because of the 
> >> >> title or
> >> >> author, but because of the short descriptions
> I find on the internet.
> >> >>
> >> >> The short synopsis is a way to advertise your
> work. It introduces a 
> >> >> reader
> >> >> to the writing skills of the authors, and the
> patience and care of the
> >> >> submitter and validator. (That's us folks.).
> Gone are the days when 
> >> >> any
> >> >> scanned book was admirable, because books were
> so valuable. Now, books 
> >> >> are
> >> >> valuable for themselves... what they have to
> say ... what they make us
> >> >> think. And, I, for one, consider it an honor
> to introduce my fellow
> >> >> readers to these valuable products of our
> efforts, and I want to do 
> >> >> them
> >> >> justice. And, "see long synopsis" doesn't do
> them justice, in my 
> >> >> opinion.
> >> >>
> >> >> Thanks.
> >> >> Bob
> >> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> >> From: "Estelnalissi"
> >> >> To:
> >> >> Cc:
> >> >> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008 6:42 PM
> >> >> Subject: [bookshare-discuss] see long synopsis
> a waste and frustrating
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>> Dear Booksharian Friends,
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Those words, "See long synopsis," which
> appeared on several titles on
> >> >>> Sunday's new books list frustrate and annoy
> me every time I read 
> >> >>> them.
> >> >>> From yesterday's list I uploaded 6 books but
> none of my choices had 
> >> >>> those
> >> >>> dreaded words in their descriptions.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Your valuable volunteer and staff efforts
> have given me so many
> >> >>> wonderful, usually unexpected, books to read,
> I don't take time from 
> >> >>> my
> >> >>> volunteering reading, and real life to look
> up titles that refer me 
> >> >>> to
> >> >>> the long synopsis.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> I also don't punish myself either to make a
> point by failing to read
> >> >>> books I recognize that I like whose authors
> or titles I already know,
> >> >>> just because the submittor and validator
> didn't take time to write 
> >> >>> any
> >> >>> kind of helpful short synopsis for them. But,
> If I'm not familiar 
> >> >>> with
> >> >>> the book, I don't bother to track down a long
> synopsis. If volunteers
> >> >>> can't be bothered to write a helpful short
> synopsis, I conclude they
> >> >>> don't care much about that book and don't
> waste unnecessary time 
> >> >>> finding
> >> >>> out about it because I think it has a good
> chance of not being 
> >> >>> carefully
> >> >>> prepared.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> If a volunteer cares about a book, you'd
> think she or he would want
> >> >>> others to benefit from their work. You'd
> think they would hope many
> >> >>> readers will select their book and it will be
> widely read. Why put 
> >> >>> your
> >> >>> own book in the seconds bin by not writing an
> inviting and/or 
> >> >>> informative
> >> >>> short synopsis for it? The short synopsis is
> the book's best 
> >> >>> publicity.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> In other discussions some volunteers have
> used the excuse that they 
> >> >>> can't
> >> >>> write a long synopsis because they haven't
> read the book. By my 
> >> >>> personal
> >> >>> work standards That already shows a
> considerable amount of lack of
> >> >>> caring. However given the volunteer isn't
> planning to read the book, 
> >> >>> this
> >> >>> excuse still doesn't hold up. Why not
> formulate a short synopsis by
> >> >>> summarizing that famous long synopsis to
> which they direct potential
> >> >>> readers. It wouldn't take too long to dash
> out some brief high points
> >> >>> mentioned in that long synopsis. It's only
> 200 characters or less 
> >> >>> we're
> >> >>> hoping for.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> I'll always appreciate everyone's work and am
> not targeting an 
> >> >>> individual
> >> >>> since I didn't look up any of these books to
> identify the volunteers 
> >> >>> who
> >> >>> write "See long synopsis." I wouldn't dream
> of trying to manipulate 
> >> >>> the
> >> >>> volunteer community or the staff to weigh in
> on this issue or to
> >> >>> institute major changes according to my
> personal guidelines and 
> >> >>> desires.
> >> >>> It's my hope that expressing my opinion might
> result in some books in 
> >> >>> the
> >> >>> future being given the more detailed short
> synopses they deserve. And 
> >> >>> if
> >> >>> that happens or not, at least I've expressed
> my feelings.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> I assume all of us have the good of Bookshare
> at heart. I've written 
> >> >>> this
> >> >>> pointed and fervent message from the
> perspective of both a volunteer 
> >> >>> and
> >> >>> a reader who loves Bookshare. I'm stating my
> opinion to encourage
> >> >>> volunteers to try a little harder to attract
> readers to their books 
> >> >>> and
> >> >>> to make book browsing more satisfying to me.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Always with love,
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Lissi
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