[bksvol-discuss] Re: Confused!

  • From: Pascha Lea <pascha2u@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 11:50:12 -0700 (PDT)


Thanks to Cindy and everyone who has responded. I
think this is clearing things up for me. The book I
recently validated, and that I royally messed up is
"Cat's Eye" by Margaret Atwood. I guarantee all the
text is beautiful, but I totally ruined it by removing
all page breaks, page numbers, etc. Boo hoo :( I also
don't have the hard copy anymore as I returned it to
the library - although I'm sure I could easily get it
again if I could get it back somehow. I still have my
own copy of it - but I assume I can't 're-submit' it
as a 're-validation', can I?

I'm now in the process of 'correcting' all my
exhuberant removal of various page breaks from the
book I'm currently working on. It's "Lioness Rampant"
by Tamora Pierce - book four of the young adult's
series "The Song of the Lioness".

My husband is not yet a member, mainly because he's
been too busy (lazy?) to finish his subscription. I
always considered this a volunteer effort anyway -
it's something I enjoy doing, and I love books. 

I would be happy to help in any way I can with
books/pictures/descriptions as long as it doesn't
require the use of a scanner. If it's a matter of
retyping unscannable stuff - I type about 60-70 words
per minute and I'm happy to retype a few pages
(although retyping entire books might get a bit
tedious :) ) I am happy to do descriptions as well.

Thanks again everyone,


--- Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Lea,
> I can't answer all your questions, but yes, you
> should
> put inpage breaks. As of March 31 bookshare was gong
> to reject books that didn't have them.  You won't
> get
> the rejection, but the submitter will. You may want
> to
> post what the books were. Then the submitter, if
> he/she gets the rejectionslip, can re-submit, and
> you
> can download and fix the book and upload it again.
> Is your husband a member? If so, and you upload the
> books in his name he can get 50-cent credit for them
> toward his next year's membership.
> I'm so glad another sighted person is validating. I
> don' know how many others are, but on this list I
> don't think there are many -- Carrie, who scans, and
> possibly Anastasia. Would you like to write
> descriptions of illustrations in children's books? I
> have a list at home (I'm not home now but will be
> later today) and have a list of books that Shelley
> couldn't scan because of the colors of the pages. If
> you like, I'll send you the titles. When I do them,
> I
> pretty much copy the text and write the illustration
> descriptions, because the pages don't scan.
> CIndy
> -- Pascha Lea <pascha2u@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I'm relatively new to volunteering at Bookshare,
> and
> > I'm only doing validation as I don't have a
> scanner.
> > 
> >  
> > I've started getting hard-copies from the local
> > library when validating in order to clean up the
> > many typos/dropped words that I'm finding with the
> > books I'm validating. I'm also only validating
> > txt/rtf files because I am sighted and don't have
> > any text-readers/braille software.
> >  
> > Now - here is my confusion. I was catching up on
> my
> > mailing-lists and noticed there was several long
> > discussions about chapter headers, page breaks and
> > page numbers. After reading this stuff I'm afraid
> > I've made a horrible mistake in a book or two that
> > I've validated and submitted. 
> >  
> > I've basically been stripping out all chapter
> > headers, page numbers and - *gulp* - page breaks,
> > because that is always how I've put together
> scanned
> > books in the past for my husband to read (he uses
> > Jaws and then just opens up the books as text
> > files). This was obviously very ignorant of me. 
> >  
> > I'm currently working on a book, which I've gone
> > back and added the page breaks. Do I also need to
> > add the page numbers and chapter headers? Is this
> an
> > absolute necessity?
> >  
> > Help!
> >  
> > Lea
> > 
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