[access-uk] Re: new accessible mp3 player

  • From: "roger south" <roger.south@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 12:45:02 +0100

J K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, stipulated the audio versions must be read by Stephen Fry in the UK and Jim Dale in the US. To my knowledge no other versions are available at all.


Out of interest to Andy the RNIB books are now all read by professional readers. Mainly actors but also news readers and disc jockeys. People who use their voices in their profession and therefore have more control of the tones used.

I have a very severe hearing loss, 97/98%, so quality sound is vitally important to me but I don't often have problems with either the RNIB or the CALIBRE books which are the ones recorded in the later years. I understand they both once used volunteers who may have been a little lacking but those days are long gone.

Roger

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 12:31 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: new accessible mp3 player


Andy, and further to Iain's comment, the version sold by RNIB will
indeed be the Stephen Fry reading of HP.  You see RNIB is allowed to
DAISIFY commercial books since the changes in copyright law.

Cheers,

From Ray
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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On
Behalf
Of Iain Lackie


Books in the RNIB talking book library are not read by some bloke they
have
dragged in offf the streets.

Iain

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Collins" <andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>


Ah! but is the RNIB daisy recording of the new HP narrated by Stephen
Frye,
or some bloke they've dragged in off the street as with other of their
'recordings? :] - Andy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 1:28 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: new accessible mp3 player


| Roger, I can agree with you about the mark up generally applied to
| specialist stuff for us, and almost expected by them as of right.
|
| Harry Potter audio version?  A bit different, or so I contend.
First
| off Stephen Fry won't be paid peanuts for his commercial recording
of
| it, plus paying for studio time, art work, distribution etc.
Visually
| impaired people are not the only audience either for these books.
OK,
| so this is a popular title that will be bought by many thousands of
| people, but don't forget that public libraries are a gaurantteed
| market for audio book producers, and like a good bit of access tech
| sales, the price can be wound up to soak the big buyers at a price
| that couldn't be got otherwise.
|
| Synical though that view just (might) be, these are the realities as
I
| see them.  This said, audio books, particularly unabridged ones, are
| always going to be more exspensive than print versions.  The only
way
| this reality can be broken is with the sort of subsidy that RNIB as
a
| charity can bring into play when it sells the small number of
talking
| books that it does.   There Roger, as a blind person, is your way
out
| of getting the latest HP at a similar price to your print book
buying
| genral public.  Buy a DAISY version of the latest HP from RNIB.  (No
| commission on that sale, unfortunately.)  No wonder I've never made
it
| in the big bad world of business!
|
| Cheers,
|
| From Ray
| I can be contacted off-list at:
| mailto:ray-48@xxxxxxxx
| -----Original Message-----
| From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On
| Behalf Of roger south
|
|
| I do understand the Milestone and the BC have more functions but not
| as ;;many as costing £200 more. I'm a firm believer in the
| manufacturers see the disabled as a means of making more money with
| the equipment we need. I'm convinced there is a price cartel that
| keeps the price up because then we can't go elsewhere.
|
| When something like the Zen Stone comes along it emphasises just
that
| point. Look at the price of audio books. The new Harry Potter is
| priced I believe at £85. I will be able to buy a print copy a few
days
| after the release on the 21 July for around £8.99 if previous books
| are anything to go by. But for the sake of a few CD's at around 8
| pence each and the box to put it in we'll say a fiver I have to pay
| £85. Now if that isn't ripping off the disabled what is. The same is
| true of the players you mentioned but I'm climbing on my soapbox so
| I'll shut up now.
|
| Roger
|
| Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
|
|
| ----- Original Message -----
| From: Ian Macrae
|
|
| Makes you wonder why the milestone is so expensive comparatively
| dunnit.  any views?
|
|
|
|
| From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
| Behalf Of roger south
| Sent: 30 May 2007 11:15
| To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
| Subject: [access-uk] Re: new accessible mp3 player
|
|
| I've ordered one of these from Amazon at £27.99 plus p & p totalling
| altogether £30.12. It arrives tomorrow and sounds from the write-ups
| very good. But at that price if it's not what I want I can give it
| away as a present and not lose any sleep.
|
| Roger
|
| Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
|
|
| ----- Original Message -----
| From: Adrian Higginbotham
| To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; bcab@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
| Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:50 AM
| Subject: [access-uk] new accessible mp3 player
|
|
| Just read about the upcoming release of a new screenless audible
| compatible mp3 player, at under £30 for 1gg version. and no
| proprietory software like Itunes, just use it like any USB drive.
| http://accessbrit.wordpress.com/
|
|
| Adrian Higginbotham

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