[bksvol-discuss] Re: Simon & Schuster

  • From: "Robert Riddle" <captinlogic@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 23:22:47 -0600

Well, there's not much you can do with pdf. I mean, it's a proprietary Adobe 
format and not really meant for conversion; the best solution, I've found, is 
to OCR them and then proof them like a normal book. This is not, of course, the 
ideal solution for you guys, but it's what I do.
Epub is cool though, all it really is is a zip file that has a bunch of html 
files and layout information in it. Conversion to daisy is probably pretty easy 
with those.
Congratulations on the new publisher acquisition!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Carrie Karnos 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 10:41 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Simon & Schuster

  Our digital content person can accept books in almost any digital format, and 
convert them to DAISY and BRF. Still haven't a really reliable PDF to RTF 
converter, most of them drop about a character a page, but they are slowly 
getting better.

  From: Robert Riddle <captinlogic@xxxxxxxxx>
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Sent: Thu, January 21, 2010 4:25:02 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Simon & Schuster

  Bookshare supports epub? That's news to me.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Carrie Karnos 
    To: Bookshare Vol Group 
    Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 6:12 PM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Simon & Schuster

    Hi gang,

    Good news from our Publisher Liaison! I received this from her today:

    Simon & Schuster has signed our agreement, granting us world rights.  They 
have 5,200 titles in EPUB format which they will be uploading shortly with an 
additional 800 backlist files in conversion.  We expect to receive 100 titles a 
month ongoing.  

    S&S, founded in 1924, is a division of CBS Corporation and is one of the 
four largest English-language publishers, alongside Random House, Penguin, and 
HarperCollins.  It publishes over 2,000 titles annually under 35 different 
imprints, including Pocket Books, Scribner, Free Press, Atria, Fireside, 
Touchstone, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Little Simon, Simon Spotlight, 
and Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

    S&S has won 54 Pulitzer Prizes and been the recipient of numerous National 
Book Awards, National Book Critics Circle Awards, Grammy Awards, and Newbery 
and Caldecott Medals. The New York Times Book Review's "10 Best Books of 2009" 
list included Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls; A Short History of Women by 
Kate Walbert; and Raymond Carver by Carol Sklenicka.  S&S authors include 
Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Bob Woodward, David McCullough, Jackie 
Collins, Hillary Clinton, and Michael Moore.  They publish 27 dramatic works, 
including The Miracle Worker by William Gibson.

    Simon and Schuster.net offers resources for K-12 and higher ed educators 
and librarians such as classroom activities, reading and curriculum guides, 
reading lists by state of award-winning titles, and suggested titles for course 
adoption. They publish the Folger Shakespeare Library with full explanatory 
notes, The Ernest Hemingway Library, and the Scott Fitzgerald Library. The 
“Enriched Classics Books” series consists of annotated editions of over 80 
classic works of literature and nonfiction.

    S&S has 1500 employees and distributes its titles in more than 100 
countries and territories around the world.  It has publishing and distribution 
capabilities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, as 
well as an international sales presence in every major market.

    Carrie again. The answer to your first question is no, we don't know when 
they will be sending us the books. And no, we don't know which books they will 
send us. Believe me, if we knew, we'd tell you! 

    So now HarperCollins, Random House, and Simon&Schuster are giving us their 
books in digital format free. Wahoo! Usually the books that publishing houses 
digitize first are their most recent books, and then they work backwards in 
time. No idea if they will digitize ALL of the books that they have ever 
published, or if they will stop at some point. So should you scan a book from 
one of these publishers? If it's an old book, sure, you bet, please scan it. If 
it's a more recent book, I dunno. Please be warned that the more recent the 
book, the greater the likelihood that we will be getting the book from the 
publisher. No idea WHEN the book will appear, but chances are high that it will 
be soon.

    I am especially excited to put the play, The Miracle Worker, into the 
collection. I have had a LOT of requests for it. And it's certainly appropriate 
for Bookshare!

    Hope everyone is having a wonderful day! Carrie

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