[bksvol-discuss] Re: Fwd: Wish List "Defining Moment"

  • From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 17:01:30 -0500

Roger, in case this would help you, one of the ways I get books
scanned when I can't do them myself is that I buy the books used and
pair up with someone who is willing to scan one or more books for me.
I mail her a small batch of books to scan, and she puts holds on them
for me to validate. Then after I validate a book, she trades the book
on Paperback Swap for another book that interests us both. That way we
save money on books, and we sort of recycle the books we have. I do
something like this in the winter when a combination of work and
pneumonia keep me sidelined. I can often find books for less than a
dollar on Amazon or Half.com or for a dollar at my library's used book
rack. Sometimes we reverse roles in the summer so that I scan and she
validates. Either way, there is give and take, and the teamwork can
often deepen into friendship too.

Roger, I think you have the skills and personality to do scanning
well. Curiosity and a willingness to learn and explore are some of
your strengths, and you can make good use of those when scanning.
Learning to scan is like learning to walk. You won't learn to do it
well until you get out there and do it. Your first scan will probably
be like a baby's first steps, and we all expect and accept that. Every
submitter has been there and remembers their first scan. Since you
have validated books, you already know how to fix up a book you've
scanned. So the chances of your book getting rejected are pretty slim.
The scans that get rejected are mostly from people who scan a book but
who don't actually read the text they've scanned to see what it's
like. If you team up with an experienced validater, he or she will
give you constructive feedback on your scan that will help you do a
better job the next time. Since you are a life-long learner, you'll
probably take that information and run with it. After a few scans,
you'll have learned the basics and will find that it gets easier and
more fun. Not only that, but you'll have a level of independence that
will let you expand your knowledge and will let you explore the world
of books on your own terms instead of hoping someone will make your
books accessible. When it comes right down to it, that's why I scan. I
could offer you a bunch of platitudes about helping my fellow
Booksharians, and they would be true to a point. But the real reason I
scan is because I want what I want, and I want it right now. (grin)
Waiting to read a book makes me cranky, and my daughter will tell you
that cranky is not a good thing for me to be. Lol.

Anyhow, consider giving scanning a try. You might be surprised at how
good you can be.

Monica Willyard
Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com
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