[bksvol-discuss] Re: Google Books and Bookshare

  • From: Cindy Rosenthal <grandcyn77@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:48:01 -0800

I doubt they'd be accessible,i.e., in the proper format for navigation;
even a lot ( many? most?) PQ books apparently aren't (or am I wrong? But if
they were available and accessible to Bookshare members, that would
wonderful for members, wouldn't it be. But it would be very bad for me.
Volunteering for bookshare is what gives my life purpose, since my children
are raised. I can't volunteer at my local library any more because it's
too hard for me physically to get around.

On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 6:18 PM, Roger Loran Bailey <
dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

This is a question that Madeleine would have to look into, but I wanted to
address the whole list because I expect that many of you might be intrigued
by the idea like I am. Some years ago there was a lot of discussion in the
news about Google Books because of the copyright holders being aghast at
the possibility that Google was about to make millions of copyrighted books
available to everyone. At the time I mentioned on this list that Bookshare
should already have access to them. As I understood the copyright law and
as I still understand it Bookshare should be able to just acquire those
millions of books without having to get permission from anyone. I think the
number of books was something like nine million. At the time Pavi was the
volunteer coordinator. I think that in the line of Madeleine predecessors
she was about the third back in line. She answered my comments with the
statement that Bookshare was in talks with Google about that very thing. Oh
boy! I thought. The Bookshare collection could grow by millions of books at
any time! Well, that was a number of years ago now and I have heard
absolutely nothing about it from any source, Bookshare or elsewhere. So I
am now asking about it. Is there any chance of Bookshare getting hold of
those millions of Google books or not? I would add that if it ever happens
the volunteer program would quickly disappear. If publisher quality books
make it hard to find something to scan just think what the influx of the
entire Google books collection would do.
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