[bksvol-discuss] [Bookshare.org Newsletter] 30,500 Books and Counting

  • From: "Gustavo Galindo" <Gustavo.G@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 16:43:38 -0800











Winter, 2006

Now over 30,500 Books on our site!




Welcome to the Bookshare.org Newsletter








Winter, 2006
In this issue:

Bookshare.org is an Authorized Media Producer

Bookshare.org now has over 30,500 books

Our Top 10 Downloads for 2006

Our Top 10 Public Domain Downloads for 2006

Our Most-Read Periodicals for the Year

More Chart Toppers 

Give the Gift of Bookshare.org

Bookshare.org On the Road in 2006 

Earn a Free or Discounted Subscription

About Bookshare.org

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Bookshare.org Newsletter; Winter, 2006. Hello. I'm gustavo galindo, the Manager 
of the Bookshare.org Website, and the editor of this newsletter. Bookshare.org 
is the on-line digital library of accessible books with over 30,500 books and 
periodicals. If you met us for the first time at one of the conferences we 
attended this fall, this is your first quarterly newsletter. It's my pleasure 
to bring you up to date on the latest happenings at Bookshare.org, share a bit 
of what we're planning for 2007, and point you to additional resources 
available to the print-disabled community. Aside from that, happy holiday 
wishes from the entire Bookshare.org team!


Bookshare.org is a NIMAS Authorized Media Producer. We are proud to announce 
that Bookshare.org is an Authorized Media Producer registered at the NIMAC 
Repository (http://nimac.us/ <http://nimac.us/> ). If your students need DAISY 
etext, this means that Bookshare.org can act as an agent for your State 
Education Agency (SEA) or Local Education Agency (LEA), and can access content 
in the NIMAC repository, retrieve a copy of publisher-submitted files, and 
deliver it to you for use by your qualified K-12 student. Please click here to 
read more about NIMAS in a new browser window, http://nimas.cast.org/ 
<http://nimas.cast.org/> . If you have questions about how you can work with 
Bookshare.org, please contact Janice Carter at janice.c@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
<mailto:janice.c@xxxxxxxxxxxx?subject=Bookshare.org%20and%20NIMAS> .

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Bookshare.org has over 35,500 Books! Bookshare.org now has over 30,500 books 
available for our subscribers to download in DAISY or BRF; this reflects a 
more-than 5,500 book increase in available books since the start of 2006. We've 
been adding about 100 new titles every week. When we reached the 30,000 mark in 
early November, we showcased how a visually-impaired 16-year old Boy Scout from 
Chantilly, Virginia helped us get to this number. Click here to read our press 
release on our 30,000 books in a new browser window 
<http://www.benetech.org/about/press_releases/PR_2006-11-08_BSO_30000.html> . 
Our online accessible etext library reflects the diverse interests and needs of 
our print-disabled community. Aside from our usual offerings of the latest 
best-sellers in fiction and non-fiction, computers & technology, sci-fi, 
romance, children's titles, K-12 and college-level textbooks, we're happy to 
include offerings such as cookbooks, gardening books, and travel guides. Click 
here to go to list of the 100 newest books added to our collection 
<http://www.bookshare.org/web/BooksNew.html> . Click here for a list of the 
more than 225 New York Times Best Seller titles 
<http://www.bookshare.org/web/NYA.html>  we've added, plus get a peek at the 
latest best selling books we're working on. Browse our collection by your 
favorite category <http://www.bookshare.org/web/BooksByCategory.html>  or 
author <http://www.bookshare.org/web/BooksByAuthor.html> . You can do a simple 
search or an advanced search for authors and titles on Bookshare.org. Click 
here to go to the Bookshare.org Simple Search page 
<http://www.bookshare.org/web/BooksBySimpleSearch.html>  or the Bookshare.org 
Advanced Search page <http://www.bookshare.org/web/BooksByAdvancedSearch.html> .

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What did our Subscribers Read in 2006? With over 30,500 titles for our 
subscribers to choose from by year's end, the staff here at Bookshare.org were 
very curious to see what had been our most popular downloads by our 
subscribers. Only persons who reside in the United States, who have registered 
on our site, provided us with a qualifying proof of a print disability and who 
have an active subscription may download books from us that are under 
copyright. Here's the list of the ten most downloaded books by our subscribers 
in 2006!

1.      Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 
2.      The Da Vinci Code 
3.      Cell 
4.      To Kill a Mockingbird 
5.      Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog 
6.      Holy Bible, New International Version 
7.      Two Little Girls in Blue 
8.      The Fifth Horseman 
9.      Angels & Demons 
10.     Rise and Shine 

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Popular Public Domain Titles in 2006. Unlike our copyright-protected books 
which are restricted to current subscribers, our Public Domain titles are 
freely available to anybody anywhere in the world-even you--even if you are not 
a subscriber or do not have a print disability. Aside from the file formats 
that we offer our copyrighted books in, DAISY and BRF, our Public Domain titles 
are also available in HTML and Text (ASCII). If you've never downloaded a book 
from Bookshare.org before, you could click on the following links and try us 
out yourself. Here are our most popular Public Domain downloads for 2006.

1.      The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 
2.      The Count of Monte Cristo 
3.      Wuthering Heights 
4.      On the Art of War 
5.      Julius Caesar 
6.      Little Women 
7.      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
8.      Black Beauty 
9.      The 9/11 Commission Report 
10.     A Christmas Carol 

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Newspapers and Magazines from NFB-Newsline®! More than 150 national, regional 
and local newspapers and magazines 
<http://www.bookshare.org/web/MembersPeriodicals.html>  are available for 
download in BRF and DAISY by Bookshare.org subscribers and school or group 
accounts in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind Newsline® 
System. Access to Newsline periodicals is limited to subscribers who reside in 
states that contribute to funding of the Newsline service. Visit the 
Bookshare.org website for a comprehensive list of NFB-Newsline® titles we 
currently offer. by clicking here: NFB-Newsline® pages 
<http://www.bookshare.org/web/MembersPeriodicals.html> , or check if your state 
funds this service by clicking here to visit our Newspapers and Periodicals 
Information Page <http://www.bookshare.org/web/AboutNewsline.html> .

Our Ten Most Popular Newspapers for 2006 are:

1.      New York Times 
2.      Wall Street Journal 
3.      USA Today 
4.      Washington Post 
5.      Washington Times 
6.      Chicago Tribune 
7.      San Francisco Chronicle 
8.      Los Angeles Times 
9.      Austin American Statesman 
10.     Oakland Tribune 

Our most-downloaded magazine for 2006 was The New Yorker 
 . In 2006, there was a tie for our most-downloaded Spanish-language newspaper 
between La Opinión 
  from Los Angeles and El Nuevo Herald 
  from Miami.

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More Chart-Toppers for the Year. Aside from copyrighted books (restricted to 
persons who reside in the U. S.) and public domain titles (available to anyone 
anywhere), we also offer books from O'Reilly Media, Inc. to persons around with 
world with verified print-disabilities who subscribe with us. Since 2002, 
O'Reilly Media, Inc., publishers of technical reference books and programming 
manuals, have entrusted Bookshare.org to service the needs of their 
print-disabled readers world-wide by sharing their books with us 
electronically. These are the 5 most downloaded titles from O'Reilly Media for 

1.      Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition 
2.      Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual 
3.      Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual 
4.      Digital Audio Essentials 
5.      Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual 

Other publishers as well as individual authors have also generously shared 
their works directly with us, and have given us permission to serve the needs 
of print-disabled readers world-wide. Following is a list of the 5 most 
downloaded titles that Bookshare.org distributes world-wide with author or 
publisher permission:

1.      Things No Longer There: A Memoir of Losing Sight and Finding Vision 
2.      Blind Man Running: A Product of the Ozark Mountains 
3.      Family Guardian 
4.      The Butterfly's Dance 
5.      Healing Digestive Illness: Root Causes and Solutions 

We here at Bookshare.org thank O'Reilly Media, and the other authors and 
publishers who have worked with us over the past year to share their works 
directly with the print-disabled communities we serve.

Bookshare.org offers books in Spanish, and we presently have over 1,100 titles 
available for our subscribers to download. Here's the top 5 downloaded 
Spanish-language books for 2006:

1.      Hija de la Fortuna 
2.      Las perlas rojas 
3.      Divide y conquistarás 
4.      El ave extraordinaria y otros textos 
5.      Charlie y la fábrica de chocolate 

Our Spanish-language collection comes from a variety of sources: a few were 
scanned and converted to etext in the U.S. and are subsequently available only 
to subscribers in the United States; some Spanish-language books are in the 
Public Domain and are freely available to anyone anywhere in the world; the 
largest source of our Spanish-language books is Tiflolibros 
(www.tiflolibros.com.ar <http://www.tiflolibros.com.ar/> ) from Argentina- 
-they have shared a portion of their accessible collection of scanned books 
with us and allow us to serve print-disabled individuals world-wide as well.

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Give the Gift of Bookshare.org and Give the Gift of Reading! Give a 
subscription to Bookshare.org's more than 30,500 accessible books and over 150 
newspapers and periodicals. U.S. residents who have a print disability 
including visual impairment, learning disability or mobility impairment can 
subscribe. Bookshare.org also offers special packages for groups and 
institutions such as schools that serve individuals with print disabilities. 
Click here to learn how to give the gift of reading 
<http://www.bookshare.org/web/EditablePage.html?page_id=Holidays_2006> .

You can also help Bookshare.org add new books to our collection by making a tax 
deductible donation to Bookshare.org online 
<https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=2863>  using your credit card 
or by check via the mail <http://www.bookshare.org/web/DonateNowByCheck.html> .

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Bookshare.org at a Convention Near You in 2007. Bookshare.org staff will be 
busy attending quite a few conventions at the start of 2007. If you are 
planning on attending any of the following conventions, please be sure to stop 
by our booth in the exhibit hall, or look for presentations that we may be 
involved with. We'd love to meet you, and answer your questions personally.

*       ATIA in Orlando in January
*       TRLD in San Francisco in February
*       LDA in Pittsburgh in February
*       CTVEH in Santa Clara, California in March
*       CSUN in Los Angeles in March
*       CEC in Louisville in April

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Renewals to Bookshare.org Are $50 Per Year or Less (Even Free): When you 
purchase a new annual subscription to Bookshare.org for $75, you pay for 
unlimited "all-you-can-read" access to our collection of over 30,500 books plus 
periodicals. Renewals cost only $50! However, we know that for some members of 
the Bookshare.org community, $50 is actually a lot. We strongly believe that 
our members can help themselves at the same time they help others. Every time 
one of our members scans and submits a new book, or becomes an on-line 
volunteer and validates a book that somebody else has submitted, that member 
earns credit that get applied against the cost of an inaugural subscription or 
a renewal.

Since the start of 2006, 10 of our members have earned entirely free new 
subscriptions through their Bookshare.org community volunteering efforts. In 
that same time, over 60 members have earned their renewals at no cost to them. 
Over 150 members have defrayed part of their subscription fees. At the same 
time, these members have helped us add over 5,500 new titles to Bookshare.org 
since the start of the year.

Learn how you can earn credits by submitting new books that you scan 
<http://www.bookshare.org/web/MembersSubmitForm.html> , or volunteering to 
validate books that others have submitted 
<http://www.bookshare.org/web/AboutVolunteering.html> .

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About Bookshare.org, Books without Barriers--Bookshare.org is an online 
community that enables people in the United States with visual or other print 
disabilities to legally share scanned books.

Bookshare.org is a project of the Benetech Initiative, a nonprofit 
organization. The Benetech team originally developed the Arkenstone reading 
systems, and is now using the power of technology to introduce new projects 
such as Bookshare.org.

*         www.benetech.org <http://www.benetech.org/>  (opens a new browser 
The Benetech Initiative
480 California Ave., Suite 201
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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