[bksvol-discuss] [bksvol-discuss Site changes in the next month

  • From: Anastasia Saridakis <anamatia81@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 10:50:02 -0700 (PDT)

Hi All 
Thanks Jake. I will look at the list later as I am sharing my computer and am 
pressed for time but I wanted to bring everyone's attention to the folowin 
missage on your site. Thanks for pointing me in that direction.
IMPORTANT: Submission Format Changes  BookShare.org has announced a change in 
the formats in which books can be submitted. If you have not heard about the 
change, please read the below letter sent by BookShare's customer support 
  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:
   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 
  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.
  John Glass
 Customer Support Manager, Bookshare

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