Hi, John. I'm so glad that you're here to help with validating. We need people like you to help Bookshare grow. You can find lots of tips and tricks for scanning and validating on Jake Brownell's site at http://www.jbrownell.com . You'll see lots of helpful Bookshare links on there.
I have a CanoScan, and I submit scans with it regularly. I don't have a document feeder either and just hold the book on the scanner. What model of CanoScan do you have? I'd be happy to help you with optimizing scans if you like so you can submit books if you want to. It took me awhile to learn how to get really clear scans because I didn't understand all of the options in my scanning software at first. I found out that the CanoScan scanners do a beautiful job with OCR once you know what you're doing. (smile)
As for a summary page on Bookshare itself, I don't think there is one. Will you be using a program like Kurzweil to work on books, or will you be using Microsoft Word? The process is similar for all programs in that you make sure the book is complete, and you correct any obvious errors you find. Some of us do a spell check and then read the whole book. Others do a spell check and then spot check several pages in the book to make sure the scan has gone well. We make sure there are page breaks and that there is copyright information in the book. If the copyright information is present and the book is in good shape, we save it to rtf format if it isn't already in that format. Then we go to the step 2 page on Bookshare and upload the book. The description makes validation sound more complicated than it actually is. This list is here to support you and help you learn as you go. After you do a couple of validations, it'll be like riding a bike or singing a song. You'll know how to do it and can focus on enjoying yourself as you read books you like.
I hope this helps you to get started. I'm glad you're volunteering with us and will be happy to help you if you get stuck. (smile)
Monica Willyard At 02:22 PM 12/24/2006, you wrote:
Good Afternoon List Members:Does anyone on this list have a summary of the most effective methods for validating books. I've signed up as a volunteer for Book Share but my Cano-scan is not powerful enough to perform rapid book scans and in addition I do not have a document feeder. Therefore, I am able to validate books that have been scanned by others. On Bookshare.org is there a summary page for people wishing to validate books. At this point, I'm hoping to validate about six or so books per month.Thank you for your consideration and attention. Happy holidays to all. John O'Rourke <mailto:johnorourke1951@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>johnorourke1951@xxxxxxxxxxxxx __________ NOD32 1937 (20061224) Information __________ This message was checked by NOD32 antivirus system. <http://www.eset.com>http://www.eset.com
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