[bksvol-discuss] Re: Books on the Step 1 Page

  • From: Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 21:11:08 -0700 (PDT)

Your'e right. Nice letter.


--- Lora <loravara@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I know that Jake and others have mentioned that they
> would like to see the
> Step 1 page cleared out.  It was suggested that some
> of the books submitted
> weren't popular, because of the time they lingered
> on the Step 1 page, and
> it was implied that because of this, despite
> numerous such submissions, the
> books weren't all that useful.
> First of all, I would prefer never to see the Step 1
> page cleared out.  To
> me, this would suggest that we're not submitting
> enough books to keep the
> validators busy.  I hope that Bookshare never
> experiences this fate, as the
> majority of the books I now read come from
> Bookshare.  NLS, RFB and other
> such sources are distant seconds.  Keep submitting
> books, and hopefully
> we'll develop a rhythm, a steady flow that always
> has books rolling off the
> step 1 page, while others roll on.  There are some
> instances when completing
> everything on your plate is good, but I'm not
> convinced that this is such an
> instance.
> I don't know where Carrie gets all of her books, but
> at least a few of them
> have come from me.  They're very specific, books for
> business analysts, and
> it's likely that very few people would want to read
> them.  I snag them when
> they come up, and often hold on to them for quite
> some time, until I have
> time to make sure they're in really good shape.  If
> other users then submit
> very special interest books, and expect others to
> validate them instead of
> realizing that since they're of such narrow interest
> they'll have to do it
> themselves, then it's possible that many books
> Carrie scans would linger on
> the Step 1 page.  I don't know how many books this
> applies to, so please
> understand I'm not quoting a statistic, just
> pointing out a possible
> scenario.
> And sometimes books linger for other reasons.  I
> have a Laurell K. Hamilton,
> Anita Blake book, sitting on my hard drive.  It will
> probably only take a
> few hours to validate, as the scan is excellent, but
> I've not been in a
> rush.  Why?  Because I approved Guilty Pleasures,
> the first book in that
> series, positively ages ago, and it's still in the
> admin queue.  Perhaps
> it's my own bias, but I figure, why rush it?  People
> will want to read the
> books in order, so I'll do this one once the first
> book goes up.
> As to clearing out step 1, a suggestion, then, would
> be to occasionally
> validate books you're not interested in.  I've
> validated a western romance,
> a few textbooks, and some Hooked On Phonics Books,
> none of which are of any
> interest to me.  And trust me, the western romance
> is at the very bottom of
> the heap of things I want to read.
> And if the books linger, so be it.  After all, maybe
> one day someone will be
> looking for a book, and discover it hiding on the
> Step 1 page.
> Only my two cents.  Everyone's Bookshare experience,
> and philosophy, will
> differ.
> Lora

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