[bksvol-discuss] Re: Fw: A book you validated has been accepted by Bookshare

  • From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 14:40:12 -0500

Gwen, when you're reading a book in Kurzweil, you will hear a sound when
Kurzweil moves from one page to the next. In most cases, this is where the
page break is. In well-scanned books, the page number will be near the page
break, usually immediately after the break since page numbers are usually at
the top of a new page. If you start out working on books that are scanned by
submitters who know how to do their pages correctly. you can learn how to
proofread. You won't have to worry about page breaks, and you will start to
hear the Kurzweil sound to show you where pages are. I think that's a good
place for most new proofreaders. Larry Lumpkin, Mayrie ReNae, Jamie Yates,
Amber W., Linda Ragland, Laura Ann Grymes, Jana Jackson, Jim Baugh, Lynn I,
and your husband are all people who consistently submit books that are easy
for new proofreaders to work on. They're also nice people, and that makes a
big difference when you're learning. There are more good submitters on this
list. These happen to be  people I've worked with personally and on more
than one project.
Gwen, I think most people are confused when they start proofreading. It's
expected that new proofreaders will need help and that they will make some
mistakes. You don't have to be a computer whiz to do this. If you can fix
scannos in your first few books, that's enough. Over time you will pick up
little tricks that make things easier. And if you get hold of a book that
needs more advanced work than you can do, you can release it and try again.
We talk about formatting things sometimes. That skill is in the more
advanced skills set and requires some computer knowledge. Asking you to do
that on your first project is like asking a baby to run before he learns to
pull himself up and walk holding onto something. 
If you take a book scanned by one of the people I've mentioned, you can
focus on learning how to fix scannos and get comfortable moving around in
Kurzweil. That is a good place for you right now, and Bookshare needs people
like you to get these books into the system.
If I can be of help to you, you can write to me at rhyami@xxxxxxxxx
Monica Willyard
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