Rebecca, You'll get the best results by reading the book all the way through and cleaning up as you go. Bookshare can't enforce this, , however, so there's no requirement for it. As you read in the instructions, Bookshare does ask that you at least check the end of the file to make sure it ends in a complete sentence. As for which characters to remove, that's hard to say without using examples. You'll get a feel for that as you gain experience, though. Not sure what you mean by numbers on the copyright page unless you're talking about the sequence of numbers which is normally found near the bottom of copyright pages. It has some significance to publishers and is usually something like the following: 10987654321, or 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Now, as for which software will be more efficient in validating a book, I'd say that depends on which one you're more familiar with. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Some of us like the more powerful Search and Replace found in Word, while others will tell you they can't live without the Ranked Spelling feature in K-1000. I encourage you to visit Jake's website and read the tips that volunteers have posted under the Bookshare Expansion Initiative link. Many of the FAQs which are not covered by the instructions are answered there. http://www.jbrownell.com/ HTH Gerald -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rebecca Ilniski Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2006 10:13 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] validation question hi all. I was reading the instructions tonight and it said that a person was not required to read the book if they didn't want to in order to validate. If you don't read the book how can one be sure to know whether it's a pretty cleans? I found excellent ratings but yet there are weird characters in the books. Also how do you know which characters to remove and which to keep in? I find there's also a lot of numbers before the copyright. Any ideas would be appreciated. Also what's the fastest way to edit a book? I have kurzweil and word. Rebecca and Seeing Eye dog Sherman email only rilniski@xxxxxxxxxxx msn rebecca.ilniski@xxxxxxxxxxx aim rebeccai27 skype rebeccai5 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. 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.