Dear Bookshare.org Volunteers: The Bookshare.org staff, with the support of OUR VOLUNTEER technical advisers, has decided to make some changes to the range of book formats that the system will accept. We realize that these changes may impact the ways in which some of you work on books, but given the feedback we've had from members, schools and other organizations, we feel that these changes will bring significant benefits to all in the Bookshare.org community. Starting on Friday, September 29, books may be placed into the system for validation and submission in the following formats: -- RTF -- Microsoft Word -- KES (Kurzweil) -- Ark (Open Book) -- WynWizard (Wyn) These file formats permit the back-end processing tools to obtain and retain as much structure as possible, including items like page numbers. ASCII (plain text) files require some arduous work-arounds both on the part of volunteers and on the back-end of the processing system. HTML and DAISY offer markup, but because they can be created in so many different ways, users are served best when we generate these files for Bookshare.org customers using internal tools. Books already in the various queues will be processed as normal. Again, this change will be effective as of Friday, September 29, 2006. As most of you know, Rich text Format (RTF) is the preferred file format for book submission to Bookshare.org. RTF enables us to produce the most consistent content output. This file format may be generated by using the "save as" feature in most word processors, and it is a file format that is available on all computer platforms. We regret any inconvenience these policy changes may cause you. The Bookshare.org team and many on the Bookshare.org lists are ready to assist you in finding the best ways to support consistent file editing. We do recognize that many of you prefer not to edit on your computers, but we believe most note-takers offer you the ability to edit in one of the file formats listed above. Our goal is to provide a more consistent, quality reading experience for you and for the other members (almost 5,000) of the Bookshare.org community. We appreciate your continued commitment to Bookshare.org. Sincerely John Glass Customer Support Manager, Bookshare Benetech 480 S. California Ave., Suite 201 Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609 USA (650) 475-5440 x103 (650) 475-1066 fax john.g@xxxxxxxxxxxx www.benetech.org The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving Humanity A Nonprofit Organization 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.