[bksvol-discuss] Re: Bye Bye

  • From: Mike Pietruk <pietruk@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 11:18:28 -0500 (EST)

It's too bad that RFB&D hasn't gone into something like BookShare.
They have the expertise, the funding channels in place, and the ability to 
recruit volunteers to help with the day-to-day operation and grunt work.
Time will tell, of course, where both technology and Bookshare will end 
I am guessing, however, that the current situation of folks hand scanning 
books is an interim step ultimately replaced by high speeding scanning or 
electronic digital tapes adding books to the collection.
I understand, Sue, where you are coming from and surfacewise, your 
analysis makes sense.
However, I suspect that the ultimate culprits are both a lack of funding 
compounded bby slow growth in the user base which discourages contributors 
even if they are found.
The volunteer community can be dedicated and hard working; but whithout 
Palo Alto playing its part and supplying direction and management, it is 
for naught.
Personally, while I hope that Bookshare can clean up its operation and 
make it more polished, I am hoping that some other organization, such as 
RFB&D, will ultimately step forward and offer a similar service that can 
overcome the short falls that a pioneer operation that Bookshare has 
This is a learning experience for all parties involved as this has never 
been done before.

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