[bksvol-discuss] Re: Bookshare's Purpose in Your Eyes

  • From: "Donna Goodin" <goodindo@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 15:05:22 -0400

Hi Mary,

  I see your point, and I do the same thingwith the new books list and with
books that have quality problems.  Nonetheless, people buy books and then
don't get around to reading them.  Some people also buy books that they only
read once, but that doesn't give them a discount on the price of the book.
But, whatever your intended use or lack thereof, you still had to shell out
the money.  So, it does seem to me that a download is more like a purchase
than a perusal in the bookstore.  When you download, you've actually taken
the book home.  When you peruse, you leave the book on the shelf and walk
out of the store.

  There's clearly lots of gray here; what about people who buy books and
then lend/give them to friends, etc? I guess that's what makes it
interesting, at least to me.

Take care,
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Otten" <maryotten@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 2:18 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bookshare's Purpose in Your Eyes

> Hi Donna,
> Just one other thing on the topic of the 100 books a month. I don't know
about you. But I know I download books I'll probably never read, and
certainly wouldn't pay for without knowing more about them. first, I might
> start reading and discover that the book has too many errors in it, making
it a pain. So I either delete and forget, or delete and if its one I really
want, find a copy and scan for myself.  Second, because of the way
> Bookshare is organized, I try to keep current with the new submissions,
downloading any that I see that I think might possibly be of interest to me
at some point, knowing that, if I don't download it from new books, I'll
> either have to make a note of its existence for later, or I'll probably
forget about it. I may never read the book. So publishers shouldn't equate
download statistics with book sales lost. Rather, a download is the
> equivalent to a sighted person stopping in  a bookstore and rifling
through a book. Maybe they decide to buy and read; maybe they don't.  Or
maybe they go to the public library and borrow the book to read. For the
> great majority of books that I have, I would say that I will not read them
again. the fact that I can keep them after reading, rather than returning
them to the library is just a bi-product of the way in which they were made
> accessible.
> Mary

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