[bksvol-discuss] Re: book requests

  • From: Grandma Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 20:44:34 -0800 (PST)

Bob, I'm curious. People keep mentioning Project
Gutenberg here as a source for books and so we
shouldn't duplicate their efforts. Can they be
downloaded in Braille or Daisy, or is it easy to
convert them to those formats once they're downloaded?

G.Cindy

--- Bob <rwiley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I agree with your general sentaments Jill, but not
> in this instance.
> 
> If this book is rated fair then we should make an
> effort to improve 
> bookshare's service. Maybe it should be flagged as a
> bso book.
> 
> If nls has the book in Braille, then I agree there
> is no need for us to 
> re-invent the wheel. However, if the book is only
> available in recorded 
> format, then I think some of our patrons who might
> be deaf/blind could get 
> the benefit of our reproducing the book.
> 
> I especially disagree with scanning and validating
> books that are in the 
> public domain--unless they aren't available
> elsewhere. Gutenberg has done an 
> excellent job of making uncopyrighted books
> available, so why should we 
> waste our time and effort doing the same thing.
> 
> Now, I'll crawl back into my cave and take off my
> Golem mask.
> 
> Bob
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jill O'Connell" <jillocon@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 12:26 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] book requests
> 
> 
> >I wish there were some way to respond to the people
> requesting books. I am 
> >particularly referring to the request for Hawaii by
> James Michener. This 
> >book is already available on Bookshare although it
> is rated good. It is 
> >also available from NLS on casette and a braille
> edition is in process. I 
> >know some of the rest of you on this list are
> willing to make copies for 
> >Bookshare when books are available through NLS in
> both braille and recorded 
> >form but I am not. After all, it isn't as though we
> have to check them out 
> >so others can't get them.  Jill
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