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

  • From: "Gerald Hovas" <GeraldHovas@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 13:25:53 -0600

The problem with  Lisey's Story that Robert mentioned is caused by the
submitter's OCR settings.  There's a Paragraph Marker at the end of every
line in the print book.

Maybe Carrie will resubmit the book since it was a top 10 New York Times
bestseller.

Gerald

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Monica Willyard
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2007 12:43 PM
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Why No Book Reviews?

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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