[bksvol-discuss] Re: Google Books and Bookshare

  • From: "Susan Lumpkin" <slumpkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 04:31:41 -0600

Hi Cindy,

Like you, I doubt they’d be accessible! Until something happens, if ever, Larry
and I will continue to try to find books he can scan and I can proof, hoping
Bookshare will not replace them after our hard work! Lissi, my heart goes out
to you! I definitely understand where you were yesterday! Here’s hoping today
will be a better one! Cindy, Lissi and Evan, Lori and Mike, Larry and I and
several unnamed others have been scanners and proofers with Bookshare for a
long time, haven’t we?

Love And Hugs,


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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Cindy Rosenthal
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 12:48 AM
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Google Books and Bookshare

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 <mailto: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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