[access-uk] In touch last night - books in other formats

  • From: "Stephenson, Phil" <phil.stephenson@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 11:53:10 +0100

Having just listened to last night's In Touch and the feature on the
'major announcement' that we're waiting on re the availability of books
in other formats I have a couple of comments / questions:

It's my experience that more publishers are willing to release
electronic files of their books but usually in pdf formats.  As PDF is
becoming less of an issue with advances in Jaws etc I was wondering
whether or not commercial e-books such as those from Amazon etc are
accessible to speech screen-reader users - i.e. does Jaws etc work with
MS E-book reader and other such programs?

Also, what are others experiences of asking publishers to release
electronic files of books - so far for me this has either been academic
texts at work or personal bible study / devotional material, have others
had success with more mainstream novels etc?

Finally re scanning in your own books, I've done this with an Epson
perfection scanner & Kurzveil, what are people's experiences of using
other scanners / ocr software, which seem to have best accuracy / speed
of scanning / recognition?

Ok, those are my ramblings for today, look forward to people's comments.



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