[bksvol-discuss] Re: First Message from Newest Volunteer

  • From: "Larry Lumpkin" <llumpkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 09:11:55 -0600

Kane.  There is a volunteer manual on the bookshare site which describes how
to set up your scans and provides lots of info.  You might want to go
through it a bit.  You do want to keep blank pages though.   

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kane Brolin
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 8:28 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] First Message from Newest Volunteer

Hi, folks.  I just signed up this week to be a Bookshare volunteer.
Not that I intend to be a power contributor at this time; but I've heard
about Bookshare and have wanted to scan books for long enough that I decided
in the new year I need to do something about my interest and get onboard.

Anyway, I'm now scanning a novel entitled "The Last Prince of the Mexican
Empire," a really interesting historical fiction work by a fairly new author
named C.M. Mayo whose work has not as yet been officially produced in
accessible format.  Since I'm not yet even a Bookshare consuming member as
yet, I have a very basic question:

At this point I'm scanning this book mainly for my own consumption; but when
I'm done I do intend to send "The Last Prince  ..." up to Bookshare.  As
probably often happens, my pagination doesn't exactly line up with the page
numbering of the book itself.  A couple of pages at the front of this book
are blank, so Kurzweil never rendered them.
A couple of other pages contain illustrations that obviously are not
rendered, either.  So does it matter that I have done 96 pages of scanning
so far according to Kurzweil, but that in terms of the official book
citation I'm only up to Page #91?  Or does it matter that in one case I go
from Page #67 to Page #70, since 68-69 are taken up with an illustration?

I presume that when a book is edited, you try to make this all as consistent
and accurate as possible so that future readers can make accurate citations
if they're referring to a book they have read--say, in an academic paper.  I
am making sure that the book's official page numbers are rendered properly.
So should I be concerned about how many pages my document contains compared
to the book's officially published length?  What I'll send is a rough draft.
I know I won't have the time to do a really careful proofread.

Yes, I have run across the scanning guidelines on Bookshare's Web site, and
I'll look these over carefully before uploading.  I'm just asking for a
general principle here.

Kind regards,

-Kane
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