Charisma, Typically we do not tackle dictionaries at all. We let publishers become our partners and send us their epub version to convert. The manual process is slow and painful. The outsourced process is hugely expensive. All that said, there is no reason why a group of intrepid pioneers from this community might not band together to try to solve the problem bit by bit. After all Benetech's founder Jim Fruchterman would love to see those volunteers who like challenges to try developing their skills to a level surpassing the outsourcer teams. The only thing I caution is patience. If a group of you begin to share ideas on something like this dictionary/encyclopedia know that it will take months to complete. Work on it s a side project while you also do some Level 1 and 2 books. Finishing a book like this is a real satisfaction - as our cookbook wizards and coffee table book experts know - but the most valuable part of a project like this will be proving that this community has the capacity to turn out books of this degree of complexity. And, by all means, document what you learn so that others do not need to reinvent what you have done! Scott ________________________________________ From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Charisma [wishfulfish@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 2:41 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] dictionaries? Sort of on the subject of what Scott was talking about but off enough to start a new thread... I have checked out a fabulously fun book on Spy information that is in an encyclopedia/dictionary format. It would be a really long thing to scan and fix up, but fun for sure, BUT I have no idea how we would handle the pronunciation parts of the entries. Maybe (not sure) it might work out to read in Braille, but in TTS it is going to be either very weird or repetitious, as if the word is being pronounced twice in a row for no reason. Certainly it will not help as a pronunciation guide. Actually, that gives me a pretty good laugh--what if someone learned to speak by ONLY hearing words spoken aloud by TTS? lol OK, back on task here, how do we handle dictionaries? Or do we? Charisma To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.