[bksvol-discuss] Re: Carrie Books (Re: Just Submitted)

  • From: "Jake Brownell" <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 03:03:40 -0500

Hi Carrie,

I never meant, intended, etc. anything of the sort that you don't volunteer A 

When I said "Thanks as always for all your volunteering Carrie!" it was in 
ernest not in sarcasm or anything like that. Nor, was my intension to complain. 
Nor to suggest you don't validate enough.

Like you said, how would we know that you
* Keep the hardest books to validate
* Keep track of your old books and self validate when necessary
* Do other validations (after all you said yourself that Gustavo is the only 
other one who knows).

Until you wrote those three down, there's not really any way I could have 
learned it, so I'm not sure how much more investigation I could have done.

I did investigate to the best of my ability, checking how many books you had 
submitted on the download page, how many people seemed to be interested in, and 
the general trend of whether or not your books get validated quickly. It seemed 
that the list was just growing and growing. And, it seemed that lots of the 
nonfiction books were not going anywhere fast, again, I did not know that your 
intensions included processing them at a later time if they had not been done.

I'm sorry if you thought my message was intended as an attack or complaint. It 
was not. I guess I was attempting to point out that there were lots of older 
books that could use some TLC ahead of newer ones. And it's usually easier to 
edit with a print copy in hand.

I really just want to see Step 1 have the older books looked at and cleaned 
out. Are you sure it was actually empty at one point?


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Carrie Karnos 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 2:33 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Carrie Books (Re: Just Submitted)

  Hi Jake,

  Whenever I submit a batch of books, I validate the hardest ones myself.  For 
example, in that last batch of 13 books, I kept 3 back.  They were a guide to 
the White House that had a picture or two on each page (I uploaded the book to 
Gustavo this evening), a book on dog training that had pictures and double 
columns, and a book on witchcraft with lots of symbols in it.  I put the easy 
books on the download list, really I do.

  And I'm aware that some of my books linger on the download list.  I keep 
track of them, and when a book has lingered for several months, I validate it 
myself. In the past week or two, I've validated Goliath by David Harris, Flower 
Net by Lisa See and The Fifth Angel by David Wiltse.  They all had been on the 
download list for 4 months when I picked them up. I also validated 5 x-rated 
books, since there are a lot of volunteers who have delicate sensibilities.

  In short, I do a lot of validating that no one knows about, other than 
Gustavo.  So I suggest you do more investigating before you accuse me of not 
validating enough.  And while we're at it, in the future, if you have any other 
problems with my actions, please email me off-list.  I don't appreciate you 
complaining about me in public.


  Jake Brownell <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
        Hi Carrie,

    Great, but we could really use some help validating some of your 
submissions that linger on the download list. Since you have the print books it 
might be especially helpful if you could process some of the harder non fiction 
ones. Unfortunately just running the book through the highspeed scanner doesn't 
produce a book that is at the high end of excellent. While it's true that your 
books don't have binding issues, it's still often times necessary to read 
through the entire book if you really want a finished product that is truly 
excellent quality.

    It's also unfortunate that so many of your submissions lately people don't 
seem to be interested in. I have noted that your submissions are usually 
grabbed right away if people are interested in the books, but otherwise they 
are grabbed, released quickly, let expire, or are never downloaded.

    For instance currently there are 53 books submitted by you on the download 
page, 46 of which have never been downloaded, that's about 87%, and 53/385 
total books is about 14% of the download list. Me thinks we need to get some of 
them processed before we make step 1 grow even more with bulk submissions.

    Below I've compiled a list of the books on step 1 done by Carrie so that 
you can see if there are any that tickle your fancy.

    Thanks as always for all your volunteering Carrie!


          Title Author 
          Then Came Heaven LaVyrle Spencer 
          Royal Flash George Macdonald Fraser 
          Flashman in the Great Game George Macdonald Fraser 
          Flashman at the Charge George Macdonald Fraser 
          Black Sunday Thomas Harris 
          Desperate Games Pierre Boulle 
          Black William Robert Neill 
          Legs William Kennedy 
          The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology Erich Fromm 
          Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather 
          Ashes to Ashes Tami Hoag 
          Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes William Bridges 
          Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change William Bridges 
          Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace 
Richardo Semler 
          Post-Capitalist Society Peter F. Drucker 
          Future Scope: Success Strategies for the 1990s and Beyond Joe Cappo 
          Rejuvenating the Mature Business: The Competitive Challenge John M. 
Stopford, Charles Baden-Fuller 
          Negotiating Rationally Margaret A. Neale, Max H. Bazerman 
          On Negotiating Mark H. McCormack 
          Delivering Quality Service: Balancing Customer Perceptions and 
Expectations Leonard L. Berry, A. Parasuraman, Valarie A. Zeithaml 
          Mission Critical: The 7 Strategic Traps That Derail Even the Smartest 
Companies Gregory G. Dess, Joseph C. Picken 
          World Class Manufacturing: The Lessons of Simplicity Applied Richard 
J. Schonberger 
          Rethinking the Corporation: The Architecture of Change Robert M. 
          The Lean Enterprise: Designing and Managing Strategic Processes for 
Customer-Winning Performance Nick Rich, Peter Hines, Dan Dimancescu 
          Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation 
Daniel T. Jones, James P. Womack 
          It's Not Luck Eliyahu M. Goldratt 
          Competing for the Future C. K. Prahalad, Gary Hamel 
          Co-opetition Barry J. Nalebuff, Adam M. Brandenburger 
          Aiming Higher: 25 Stories of How Companies Prosper by Combining Sound 
Management and Social Vision David Bollier 
          Managing by Values Michael O'Connor, Ken Blanchard 
          Parting with Illusions Vladimir Pozner 
          Spring Moon Bette Bao Lord 
          Steppenwolf & Siddhartha (Cliffs Notes) Carolyn Roberts Welch 
          The Dead Sea Cipher Elizabeth Peters 
          The Curse of the Pharaohs Elizabeth Peters 
          The Copenhagen Connection Elizabeth Peters 
          Silhouette in Scarlet Elizabeth Peters 
          Naked Once More Elizabeth Peters 
          Legend in Green Velvet Elizabeth Peters 
          Die for Love Elizabeth Peters 
          Nunquam Lawrence Durrell 
          Prophecy David Seltzer 
          Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Volume 3 1995 The Editors Of The 
Reader's Digest 
          Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Volume 5 1995 The Editors Of The 
Reader's Digest 
          The Watchmen Ben Bova 
          Time to Come August Derleth (editor) 
          Azazel Isaac Asimov 
          A Kiss Before Dying Ira Levin 
          The Complete Father Brown G. K. Chesterton 
          The Titan Game Niven Busch 
          A Study of History D. C. Somervell (abridger), Arnold J. Toynbee 
          Dreams: Your Magic Mirror with Interpretations by Edgar Cayce Elsie 
          Answer to History Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 

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