Below is the more specifically descriptive request for chess books from our chess-playing member, Rod, who has been, in the past, as you will see, on the Olympiad Blind chess team. In his earlier post to me he described the various kinds of notation. If anyone wants, I'll post that, too, or send it to you off list. Cindy I would like to see a fairly broad variety of chess books available, appealing to players of all strengths. NLS has one or two books for beginners/casual readers available electronically, and perhaps 30 in braille in limited editions available only through inter-library loan. (And almost all are 30+ years old.) The old books used "descriptive" notation that is no longer in use, and is hard for many players today to figure out. Hence the old books are pretty redundant. Here are a few basic categories: 1. Beginner: how to play chess, how to improve yoru game. 2. Intermediate: Chess strategy and tactics; game collections fo great players; chess problems and endgame studies; introduction to chess openings. 3. Advanced: Reference works on chess openings, middle game and endgame; classics; game collections. I probably would fit into the "advanced" category - I have not played competitively for 25 years but I have been a member of the U.S. team in the chess Olympiad for the blind several times. If we can scan some books I would be willing to help edit the scanned material, even to playing through games to ensure the notation is correct. If someone could give me descriptives - (pawn on d2..." I could put it in the FEN notation that is a standard diagram equivalent that can be read by blind people (and chess-playing software can convert to a picture diagram.) However, if it comes to that I would have to do it pretty early-on, because the main problem encountered as a Bookshare volunteer was that page numbers got lost when I tried to edit, and Mr. Glass said page numbers had to stay as-is. If page breaks were hard-coded I would be fine, or if I worked before page numbers were set I woudl be even better off. Anyway, thanks for the four starters. I will be back when I have a wish list. Rod ***WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/Book_Requests.htm http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ http://studentpages.alma.edu/~07jmyate/book_requests.htm A LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/scanning.html http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ Jake's site for useful links: http://www.jbrownell.com/bkslinks.html 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.