[bksvol-discuss] Re: Submitted BSO: The Rise of Endymion

  • From: "EVAN REESE" <mentat3@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 04 Oct 2009 18:51:38 -0400

Thanks, Judy.

The BSO I submitted was not a replacement of an outsourced version. The original was done by either volunteers or members back in 2002. I was saying that if the outsourcers were to do a BSO of the original, that I felt that mine would be as good, probably better, unless they actually read through their scan.. I don't feel that that is a safe assumption to make.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Judy s." <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2009 12:12 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Submitted BSO: The Rise of Endymion

Evan, those are all great points.

Just because a book is in the collection from an outsourcer doesn't mean that it isn't eligible to be replaced by a BSO from a volunteer -- for exactly the reasons you gave here.

Judy s.

That all sounds good except for three things:
Firstly, I wonder if the rescanners--in this case outsourcers?--would have noticed the equations I mentioned in my post, and what would they have done with them? And would the poetry have been formatted correctly or not? Secondly, I wanted to read the book anyway, and I would have had no idea as to when Bookshare would have gotten to it. Thirdly, I know what quality I can produce by doing my own scanning and then reading the book in its entirety, checking anything questionable with my Optacon--which means that I don't have to guess what a scannoe is supposed to be. So I can be certain that the book was really read through and completely corrected--except for misprints such as the inconsistent spelling of names that I mentioned, which I had to leave in of course. In several cases that I have noticed, it was evident that the outsourcers did not read through their scans. So, unless they've changed their modus operandi, or unless Bookshare made sure to give the book to someone who would actually read through it, I am highly confident that my BSO is at least as good, probably better, than theirs would have been.

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    *From:* Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx <mailto:Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx>
    *To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    *Sent:* Saturday, October 03, 2009 3:15 PM
    *Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: Submitted BSO: The Rise of Endymion

    I am catching up on my email after having been out last night and a
    little while before I got to this one I came across one notifying me
    of the result of a quality report I made some time ago. There were
    some really minor errors in the book, but they were still errors and
    presumably Bookshare wants the most perfect copy possible, so I made
    a quality report about them. Well, I have just been informed that
    the entire book has been rescanned and replaced. This makes me think
    that it is not worth bothering to scan a BSO anymore. That is one of
    the points I made at an earlier time when I was asking if perhaps
    volunteers are gradually becoming obsolete.

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    " Malcolm X    The Militant: http://www.themilitant.com
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Hello Folks, I've submitted a BSO of The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons. This
    replaces a copy rated only Good. It's not the worst book I've seen,
    but it needs redone.
    I've read through every word and done a complete spell check. All
    page breaks are present as well as all page numbers. All chapter
    headings have been bolded
    and enlarged. If it gets Jiffy proofed, hopefully no major errors
    will show up to plague future readers. This is the sequel to
    Endymion, so if you haven't
    read that one, you may want to before starting this one. It's not a
necessity, but it might be helpful. Below I've copied the comments I placed in the Comments section of
    the submission form. email address:
    Please uncheck the Adult rating. This book does not deserve that.
    I have rewritten the equations on pages 564 and 565 for clarity and
    because some of the symbols will not translate correctly in braille
    if left as they
    are. They needed to be rewritten as well because they did not scan
    as they were printed.  Also, speech readers will be able to hear
    them more easily.
    Some of the lines of poetry on page 134 have some odd symbols at
    their ends, such as backslashes and forward slashes. I left those
    in, but I have no idea
    why they are there.
Some names are spelled inconsistently. The last four books I've submitted have all been chunksters: 630
    pages, 758 pages, 713 pages, and now this one at 709 pages. That
    comes out to over a million
    words. This is the last one I'll be doing for a while.  My next
    submission will actually be under 200 pages. Feels like almost
    nothing in comparison. <smile> Happy reading. Evan
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