[bksvol-discuss] Re: reward for upgrading software

  • From: "Gary Petraccaro" <garyp130@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2005 00:33:50 -0400

Why is it that whenever someone takes the trouble to try to find out ways of 
improving the content of an entity such as BookShare we have this constant 
excuse-making justifying lower quality?
I don't understand it, and they're always the same rationales.  Look, frankly, 
if people want to do better, they Will find the ways.  The only way We have to 
ensure that they have a  reason to make such an efort is to drop inferior work. 
 If we don't do this, I, for one will be doing rescans and never get to what I 
want to read for myself.  I assure you that that will not happen.  That means, 
if I am at all typical, that unless we change, BS will be saddled with ever 
more amounts of crap, with a few wonderful people, of which I'm not one, 
chasing their tales redoing books in an ever-higher pile and BookShare paying 
out some fraction of money, which they probably do not have, to have these 
books improved.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sarah Van Oosterwijck 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, September 16, 2005 11:30 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: reward for upgrading software

  Actually I got a month's free trial of bookshare when I upgraded Kurzweil a 
  couple versions ago.  The cost of upgrading, although very reasonable, is 
  far far higher than the cost of bookshare membership, so I can't imagine a 
  person being convinced by a free month unless they were already convinced 
  to upgrade.  I also think keeping up to date with your chosen scanning 
  software is a really good idea, but don't think it would necessarily and 
  automatically fix bad scans.  Using the updated software takes time as well 
  as money and some people either don't have it or aren't willing to spend 
  it.  Do you think you could also get people to buy better scanners and to 
  upgrade their computers that are too slow to run the new software?  While 
  we're at it, can anyone think of a scheme to get people to hire me to teach 
  them how to get good scans? LOL

  Don't worry, although I don't think new software fixes everything, I would 
  encourage anyone asking for better results to do so, if for no other reason 
  than that it is much easier to convince oneself to learn something new than 
  to go back and pretend to start fresh with the learning process on 
  something out of date.  I also would say that often time is more valuable 
  than money so if you have the money save yourself and others the extra time 
  and work with the best software and hardware you can afford.

  Sarah Van Oosterwijck
  Assistive Technology Trainer

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