Hi, Nan! BookShare is an online library for people with print disabilities. Students of all ages can receive an annual free membership with certification by a qualifying individual and student status. Volunteers earn credits for scanning or proofreading books. Often volunteers like myself and my husband, among many others, will sponsor individuals who cannot afford membership by donating credits to needy individuals. We all want people to have the means to read books. I hope anyone will correct me if I have mis-spoken on any of these points. Valerie On Jan 15, 2010, at 2:26 PM, Nan Hawthorne wrote: > Can someone clear up a puzzle for me? > > I keep hearing BookShare described as being a free library for people who are > print impaired. Is it free? I had to pay. I feel weird telling people one > thing, then hearing another. No disrespect, I just want to clarify. > > AccessibleWorld.org book discussions have no cast in bronze policy about > this, but one thing I have been told is that "many people can't afford to > join BookShare" and this has limited what books I can schedule.. I am too > find other ways for people to access the books. Since BookShare is one of > the only places producing accessible versions of independently published > books.. and I say bravo for that! I am hard pressed to find a solution. > > By the way, I am delirious about the news that Smashwords and BookShare will > partner!! These days I read more books not on NLS than on.