Greetings, Thought you'd enjoy reading this. Also, I am pleased to announce that Jim Fruchterman will be our guest in the Friends of Bookshare Community Room Tuesday, November 27, 2007. Plan now to attend. Pat Price pat@xxxxxxxxxxxx > > Jim Fruchterman 13 Questions: Jim Fruchterman 24 > October 2007 Social entrepreneur, self confessed > geek and all round nice guy, Jim Fruchterman, is > pretty darn incredible. Not only does he help > human rights organisations, and provide > technology solutions for those working at > irradicating landmines, but he's a bit of a > legend in the eyes of blind and visually impaired > people as well. Fruchterman invented the > well-known Open Book reading access machines, > using technology originally meant for the > military, and is also the founder of > Bookshare.org. This is a massive, not for profit, > web-based library of downloadable accessible > eBooks, made legally available to blind and > visually impaired people. Until recently, this > resource could only be accessed in the US, but > it's now happily snaking it's way around the > world - bit by bit. To celebrate the welcome news > that Bookshare.org.uk was launched in the United > Kingdom this month, we asked Jim Fruchterman the > all important 13 Questions. Uppermost in my mind > today is ... The fact that we have just received > an injection of 32 million dollars from the > government, to make Bookshare available free to > all students in the US. I want to reach hundreds > of thousands, rather than thousands, and we would > like to quadruple the rate at which books are > added to the collection. People think I'm ... Jim > Fruchterman with Bill Clinton A geek. Because I > really love technology and what it can do. I get > excited when I figure something out and can > understand how to solve a problem. Not a lot of > people know that I ... ... am a football referee, > as in soccer, for teenagers. I used to play in > high school and college, then my kids went > through the sports programmes. They're out of it > now but I still really enjoy it. The best piece > of advice I would pass on is ... That the > distance between where you are now, and > accomplishing grate things, is less than you > think. When I was a student at university, I > dropped out to start up a rocket company. It was > amazing to me how, as a kid, I could be at the > leading edge of a field within months. Not > knowing how high the barriers are is a good > thing. I struggle with ... Finding time to write. > I want to write a book, and have lots of articles > and essays in my head, but I got up at 4.45 this > morning to write, spent 3 hours on email, and had > 15 minutes left before going to the office. I > excel at ... Seeing big picture technical > solutions. It's one of my favourite things to do. > I listen to people, find out what they need and > the technology falls into place. With Bookshare, > I learned about how Napster worked, and I already > knew about the frustrations blind users were > having with scanning books. Then it all came in a > quick little rush. We had the nuts and bolts in > place within 3 or 4 months. My ideal dinner guest > is ... Richard Fineman, a Nobel Laureate in > physics. He's dead now, but was my professor at > California Institute of Technology. He worked on > the atomic bomb project in world war II and wrote > a description of nanotechnology in 1959, 40 years > before it was invented. He also told jokes, took > part in college musicals, and hung out in Rio for > months on end. I met my wife while taking part in > a college musical. I hope the conversation would > range from art, to music, to science and > technology, to saving the world. Jim Fruchterman > I couldn't live without ... My computer. I'm on > it all the time, and I live by email. I like my > cell phone but don't like emailing on it. I am a > book lover, but prefer portable solutions rather > than the PC. Blind users agree with that, and > Bookshare is always looking for solutions. People > should be able to read on their phone. Poorer > people have cell phones, and wouldn't have to buy > extra equipment. If I didn't live in the US, I'd > live in ... New Zealand. It's really gorgeous, > and there is great food and wine there. It's got > the same elements as California, with different > scenery. My first job was ... As a key puncher > way back in the days when computers ran on > Hollerith cards. It was like using a glorified > typewriter. We punched holes in cards and > computers could read them. There were 40 women > and 2 guys. I learned a lot that summer. When I > come home in the evenings, I ... Open the mail, > open a good bottle of wine, and have dinner with > my family. I have breakfast with my family too. > Success is: Making a measurable positive impact > on the lives of millions of people. I'm only in > the hundred thousands. The future of reading for > visually impaired people is All content > everywhere, in an accessible format, at an > accessible price or free. . For more information > on all of Jim Fruchterman's endeavours, check out > Benetech.org , and be sure to have a look at the brand new > Bookshare.org.uk > > _______ > Mikesmess2 mailing list > Mikesmess2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > http://mikesmess.com/mailman/listinfo/mikesmess2_mikesmess.com > > > -- To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.