[bksvol-discuss] Re: Why No Book Reviews?

  • From: Monica Willyard <plumlipstick@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2007 13:43:13 -0500

Hi, Robert. There are two issues that I know of that impact the quality of the Braille files here. This is my perspective, and others may not share it. One is that OCR technology isn't perfect, and each volunteer has his/her own level of ability in scanning. Some books have a rating of fair, and that tells you that they're going to be in rough shape, especially for Braille readers. I think the other problem you're running into with the Braille files is because many of us scanand validate books using speech. Speech seems to make it easier to move past some scannos, and it is far more forgiving with formatting. Unless we move character by character through a document, we don't pick up on things like extra spaces, line breaks, or certain stray punctuation. Some speech users are very careful to check for some of these things. I suspect that many people just want to read their book, and they aren't aware of these issues because speech reads normally. I do a spell check and read the book, but I don't move along character by character to read. That would drive me nuts! The cost of Braille devices puts them beyond the reach of many of our volunteers, so I think this situation will change very slowly over time and only if prices fall on Braille technology. I hope this sheds a little light on the situation.

Monica Willyard

At 10:49 AM 1/6/2007, you wrote:
Who is Jim? I thought the head guy is called Gustavo. Isn't Open Book from Freedom Scientific. None of this seems very organized. The Stephen King book that gave me trouble is Lisey's STory, but other books do too. What is Daisy? The new software for the Braillenote says it can read Daisy. Is that the same as nimas?

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