Kerri, is a volunteer along with the rest of us. Smile. Shelley L. Rhodes M.A., VRT, CTVI and Guinevere, Golden lady Guide juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc. Graduate Alumni Association Board www.guidedogs.com More than Any other time, When i hold a beloved book in my hand, my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free. - Helen Keller ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Feist" <ccfeist@xxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2007 2:24 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Missing out on best sellers, was November New York Times bestsellers Hi again, Carrie. I'm sympathetic to your feelings. However, since I'm a new kid on the block--to both Bookshare and to validating books--I would appreciate some clarification on who is in charge of certain tasks. My understanding is that it's Bookshare's goal to provide us with the top 10 from the New York Times Best Sellers list, regardless of the author and its content. This is certainly a noble endeavor which I applaud. With that in mind, what I'm confused about is this. Have you volunteered your own time to selectively scan and validate best sellers, therefore what gets added is understandably at your own discretion? Or conversely, is adding best sellers a vital part of your job description with Bookshare? If it's the former, than I can only say thank you for doing as much scanning and validating as you do, which seems to be a lot. However, if it's the latter, and as a result books you personally find objectionable are delayed or left out of the collection completely, then by not fulfilling an obligation means many Bookshare members are not reaping the full benefits of membership. I hope you can see my dilemma here. With all due respect, if adding the best sellers falls solely into your area of responsibility, then if you cannot bring yourself to do it, can you perhaps pass along the job of adding best sellers you don't care for to another party?? Then the titles you don't personally wish to handle would be available to the rest of us in a reasonable time frame. Again, since I'm so new, I don't know whose responsibilities are whose, and whether what you do is totally voluntary or compulsory due to a job position. Either way, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect all of the New York Times Best Sellers to be available to patrons. As a member, I paid a decent amount of money to join Bookshare so to have access to books just like the one which was denied addition to the collection. As I mentioned, I'm sensitive to the fact that you find some books distressing. However, as proof of how many people actually enjoy reading her books--whether they be sighted, blind, or anything else--I point to Coulter's position on the New York Times Best Sellers list as confirmation that there is high demand for her material. Thank you, and I look forward to your response. Sincerely, Chris Feist - The one and only! -----Original Message----- On Behalf Of Carrie Karnos I can't validate the Coulter book. My blood pressure just goes too high when I read her opinions. If someone else wants to process it, feel free! Carrie ----- Original Message ---- From: Chris Feist <ccfeist@xxxxxxxxxx> Hi Scott. Thanks for letting me know. That's good to hear. the only one missing now is Ann Coulter's latest. I really want to read that one. I'm really glad I recently joined Bookshare. Thank goodness that even though I'm blind, I can have access to so many wonderful books. Chris Feist - The one and only! 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. -- No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.5.503 / Virus Database: 269.15.21/1109 - Release Date: 11/4/2007 11:05 AM 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.