[bksvol-discuss] Fw: BlindNews: Web site of the week: www.bookshare.org

  • From: "Lisa Leonardi" <lml5280@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 11:10:54 -0600

> Townonline.com (Massachusetts)
> Thursday, February 03, 2005
> Web site of the week: www.bookshare.org
>      "Bookshare.org, a group that collects digital books for the visually
impaired, has announced that its online collection is up to over 20,000
titles. The site is available at http://www.bookshare.org .
>      Among the materials available here are Newberry award winners from
1922 to 2004, lots of different categories, and teacher recommendations.
Pick a category or do a keyword search to get a list of titles that includes
a summary of the book, the transcription quality (all the ones I saw were
"excellent - almost no errors"), the copyright date, and the available
>      There are two kinds of books here. There are the ones which are out
of copyright and are available to anyone for download. Then there are the
ones which are still under copyright. To download the books which are still
under copyright you'll need to be a member. To be a member you'll need to
pay a small membership fee ($25 to sign up, $50 for the annual subscription)
and provide proof that you have a "print disability" that prevents you from
reading print books (see http://www.bookshare.org/web/AboutDisabilities.html
for information about that.) I took a look at a couple of out-of-copyright
books, including a couple of Zane Grey westerns. The book was available in
four different formats: DAISY Digital Talking Book Format, BRF Braille
Digital Format, ASCII text (plain text), and HTML. The downloads which do
not require membership don't require any kind of registration at all to
>      This week's site description is reproduced with permission of Tara
Calishain who writes the weekly newsletter, ResearchBuzz which can be found
at www.researchbuzz.com.
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