Rod, Welcome to the list. Even though I think the consensus on this list is that Kurzweil is the best, many use Open Book and most are quite satisfied with it. I certainly wouldn't purchase a new program until I had done some volunteering as a validator or scanner., I really think it is more important to try to learn as much as you can about the equipment you are using. In the case of the word that wasn't right, you probably needed to adjust your brightness setting in the program you were using. Since you asked for a book suggestion to begin your validating experience, I went through the step 1 list and chose Friend or Foe; its category is mystery and thriller. The author is Robert Cawley who is not familiar to me, but the long synopsis sounded good. The book was rated excellent (of course this is just the submitter's opinion) and he gave his E-mail address which can be important if you run into any problems. The book is near the end of the list, has been there since some time in April and no one has tried validating it yet. It is in RTF format which is also important. Good luck! Jill ----- Original Message ----- From: "Roderick Macdonald" <rmacd@xxxxxxxx>
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Aloha from Hawaii,I have just joined this list, and only recently joined Bookshare as a volunteer, although I havwe been a Bookshare member for about four years. I am interested in validating books - especially chess books or suspense-thriller books by authors such as Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Ken Follett and the like. I also hope to get into book scanning soon.If I might ask three questions here...1. Can someone please tell me how I can change my subscription to this list to "digest" format?2. Can someone give me advice as to the "best" (in your opinion) software to sue to scan books? I have OpenBook and OmniPage but really have not set either up properly yet.3. Can someone recomment a book, chess or thriller, that I can try as my very first validation effort?I know everyone has their own favorites as to the "best" software, but I once tried scanning a Fodor's Travel Guide to Europe, and the software I was using - I believe an early version of OpenBook - consistantly scanned the word "plane" into "piano". Inasmuch as I did not care to go flying off to Europe on a piano, I lost interest. I hope to be better this time.Many thanks. Rod Macdonald To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput 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.-- No virus found in this incoming message.Checked by AVG. Version: 7.5.523 / Virus Database: 270.6.0/1602 - Release Date: 8/9/2008 1:22 PM
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