Thanks for the information, Jim--and for your succeessful talks and your persuasiveness with the publishers. So, Janice couldn't take our rantings and ravings any more, huh? She decided to go to a calmer job? (grin--a rhetorical question--). Hopefully Jake, when he finishes his degree, won't be money hungry; he'd be a good addition to the bookshare engineering staff. Cindy > I wanted to share some news with our Bookshare.org > volunteer and user > community. Janice Carter will be leaving Benetech to > pursue other > interests in the social enterprise field. I hope > you all join me in > wishing Janice well as she pursues her newest > opportunity! > > > > Lisa Friendly, our Senior Product Manager, will be > taking over Janice's > responsibilities on an interim basis as we decide on > our next steps. > I'm sure we will recruit someone to replace Janice, > but will take some > time to do our best to find the right fit given our > current plans and > team. > > > > I'm writing from New York today, where I've been > meeting with publishers > about expanding our direct access to digital book > content, and > permitting us to serve people with disabilities > outside the U.S. The > conversations have been going well: I expect add at > least one major new > publisher to our partners. We've also raised a lot > of money in the last > couple of months for Bookshare.org, funding that > will enable us to do > more engineering than we've done in the last couple > of years. Moreover, > we've just added two new senior engineers to our > team, John Crossman and > Rick Tan, who are driving ahead with the plans Lisa > has been formulating > (Lisa was brought on board to focus on driving > progress on the > engineering front with Bookshare.org). We also have > a new, accessible > bug tracking database that has been loaded with many > of the issues we > have talked about but not yet fixed. > > > > I look forward to us sharing more definitive plans > in the coming months. > Thanks for your support of the Bookshare.org dream! > > > > Jim > > > > > > Jim Fruchterman > > President and CEO > > Benetech > > > > 480 California Avenue, Suite 201 > > Palo Alto, California 94306 USA > > New direct line: +1 650 644-3406 > > Fax: +1 650 475-1066 > > > > jim@xxxxxxxxxxxx > > www.benetech.org <http://www.benetech.org/> > > > > The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving > Humanity > > Benetech is a nonprofit organization > > > > ____________________________________________________________________________________ Yahoo! Music Unlimited Access over 1 million songs. http://music.yahoo.com/unlimited To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-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.