[bksvol-discuss] Re: Okay, nearly there...

  • From: "Valerie Maples" <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 21:51:34 -0600

Actually, flopping books takes far less manipulation for me than holding a
book.  I have so little grip in my hands that I cannot hold a pencil the
standard way.  I could use a book holder and page turner, but they are also
considered AT and run $3-7000, depending on features and sizes of books they
handle.  Turning single pages is a problem for me either way and I often
need to use a tool to separate pages.   I only scan a couple of pages at a
time and my hands cannot hang on to anything for more than a few seconds in
a fixed position.  I also have dyslexia, although my compensatory strategies
work very well unless I am quite fatigued.  


In short, reading a book a page at a time with lengthy breaks does not make
for fluid reading, but scanning at a slow pace does not interrupt any work
process, but reading on screen can then be done for hours if desired.
Holding a book aggravates my carpal tunnel and RA, but mixing activities and
scanning does not seem to.  I prefer proofing, though, since I can do it
faster.  Still, since I have access to so many books and Nichole has such
desire for books, I would be doing it regardless to get more books to her.  


I may not always be able to scan, but I will do it as time and energy/health
permit, at a manageable pace, while I can.


Hope that makes sense.





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I am curious about something. If you are capable of manipulating a book to
scan it -- and I have found that it takes quite a bit of manipulation -- how
does the restrictions on your ability to use your hands prevent you from
reading a book enough to qualify you for a Bookshare subscription? Note that
I am in no way suggesting that it doesn't; I just don't understand and so I
am curious.

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Funny you mention that.  Even after donating $30 to another volunteer,
afterI submit my current proof I will have my $75 in my account.  How cool
Even if I have to come up with the paperwork fee it will be a great
deal!Thanks!Valerie> -----Original Message-----> From:
On> Behalf Of Cindy> Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 6:19 PM> To:
bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Okay, nearly
there...> >
I'm delighted to hear that you'll be able to be a bookshare member--and
atthe rate of> books you scan and proof it won't cost you anything other
than the
initialfee--or can that> be paid for by volunteer work, also.> Cindy> > Wish
List (i.e., books wanted added to the collection) andbooks-being-scanned
available> at sites below> > > > Wish List:
https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Bookshare+Wish+List> > Books Being
Scanned List:>
> > --- On Mon, 11/16/09, Valerie Maples <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:> >
> From: Valerie Maples <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> > Subject: [bksvol-discuss]
Okay, nearly there...> > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Date: Monday,
November 16, 2009, 12:23 PM> > Thought y'all would like to know that> > I
to Nichole's Occupational> > Therapist this afternoon and she was more than
willing to> > do a quick hand> > exam to certify my hand problems to qualify
me for> > BookShare.  She did not> > know about my multiple surgeries or
grasp problems, so even> > without MD> > verification of my arthritis, my
joint abnormality> > and grip deficits> > as well as scars and inability to
bend my dominant wrist> > she was glad to> > sign my forms.> >> > After all
these years of minimizing my hand issues, for> > once, I am excited> > to
know it will help since I can read more books> > again.  I will probably> >
scan and proof more than checkout, but I will have> > choices.  Thanks> >
everyone for encouraging me to ask around.> >> > Take care!> > Valerie> >> >
Currently scanning My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White> > House, Open
Your> > heart (Sierra #7)> >> > Currently proofing:> > Ten Days To
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