Hi, Karen. Welcome to the list. I'm glad you're here.Your questions are very good ones. From seeing your attention to detail, I can tell you will be a wonderful volunteer for Bookshare and a welcome member of the team.
First, yes, some of us do check the wish list often to see what's there and often ask if there is still interest before working on a book. In the case of the vests book, we have a healthy group of people who love to knit and do crafts. For that reason, I know people would read your book. I am personally clueless with a needle and would probably manage to sew my fingers together. (smile) Bookshare has over 12,000 members now, and there are quite a few ladies who knit and sew beautifully. I wish I were one of them. (sigh)
As for the step 1 validation list, you're bringing up an issue that is batted around this list on a regular basis. (smile) Again, several of us do work on the books that have been there awhile. There are generally two problems facing those books. One is their subject matter since many volunteers don't enjoy working on heavy textbooks. The other is in the quality of the scans. Excellent rated books tend to be processed more quickly than those rated fair because volunteers have to do less work to get those books ready for the collection. Finally, format is an issue since proprietary formats like Openbook's ark format can't be opened by many of our volunteers. So books in rtf format are generally processed more quickly than those in a proprietary format like ark, wyn, or kes.
Finally, most of us on this list dislike having books with no synopsis. We encourage either the validater or the submitter of a book to take the time to write a synopsis. Unfortunately for us, we have several volunteers who are not on this list and never have been. They don't know or understand why the synopsis is so important. At least, that's why I think they don't write one.
I hope you will enjoy your time on this list and that you'll make some good friends here. This is a caring group of people who have made my life richer and happier. Good luck with your first book.
Monica Willyard Karen Harshfield wrote:
Hi bookies -I notice that the following book has been on the wish list for quite a while, maybe a couple of years:Folk Vests: 25 Knitting Patterns & Tales from Around the World by Cheryl Oberle