[bookshare-discuss] Re: interesting press release

  • From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:48:34 -0500

Actually I did post this a while ago, smile, to the list serv, about well, 
smile, a while.

Shelley L. Rhodes M.A., VRT, CTVI
and Guinevere, Golden lady Guide
Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
Graduate Alumni Association Board

More than Any other time, When i hold a beloved book in my hand, my 
limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.
- Helen Keller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ann Parsons" <akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 4:18 PM
Subject: [bookshare-discuss] interesting press release

Hi all,

Did anybody from Benetech post the below here?  Did I miss this?  Did I
pass this by somehow, or did somebody at Benetech forget to post it?
It's all over the net, folks!  Are we the last people to hear about it?
That seems, um, a bit unfair, don't ya think?

Ann P.

Bookshare.org and Code Factory Announce Partnership To Introduce
Mobile Technology for Print Disabled Readers

Contact: Ann Harrison - Benetech - 001 (415) 637-5262
Contact: Caroline Ragot - Code Factory - 0034 93 733 70 66
Palo Alto, CA - Barcelona, Spain,
January 30, 2008

Bookshare.org and Code Factory have announced the formation of a
partnership to introduce technology that allows Bookshare.org members
to read digital books on their mobile devices. Code Factory will demo
V2.0 of its Mobile Speak for Windows Mobile at the conference of the
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) at the Caribe Royale
All-Suite Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA. The
demo will be hosted at the Benetech booth (Lobby 2) on Friday,
February 1 from 4:30 to 5:00 pm.

Code Factory launched V2.0 of Mobile Speak for Windows Mobile
Smartphones in November of 2007 and will soon release V2.0 of Mobile
Speak for Pocket PCs. Both products feature a built-in software
application for reading Braille formatted (BRF) files with synthesized
speech output, Braille, or both, as well as a Bookshare.org unpacking
utility. "For a long time we've admired Bookshare.org for its great
achievements in increasing access to books for the blind and visually
impaired," said Eduard Sanchez, Code Factory CEO. "Our American users
constantly tell us that the excellent Bookshare.org services have
changed their lives."

"We are excited about the possibility of Bookshare.org subscribers
reading books on their mobile devices using Code Factory's screen
readers. We will examine the Mobile Speak product line closely and
test features that allow users to access Bookshare.org on the move,
anytime and anywhere," said Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Benetech, the
nonprofit organization that operates Bookshare.org.

About Bookshare.org

Bookshare.org is an online community that allows people with print
disabilities to legally download books and periodicals to be read as
Braille, large print or synthetic speech. Offering the world's largest
accessible library of scanned books and periodicals, Bookshare.org
received a $32 million five-year award from the U.S. Department of
Education to significantly expand the availability of accessible
electronic books and software for reading those books. Bookshare.org
is operated by Benetech, a Palo Alto, CA-based nonprofit technology
development organization that creates social enterprise projects for
the disability, literacy and human rights communities.

About Code Factory

Code Factory is a software company committed to the development of
products designed to remove barriers to the accessibility of mobile
technology for the blind and visually impaired. Code Factory is the
leading provider of screen readers, screen magnifiers, and Braille
interfaces for a wide range of mainstream mobile devices including
Symbian-based and Windows Mobile-powered Smartphones as well as Pocket
PC phones and PDAs. Code Factory is the only accessible software
provider to support close to two hundred different phone models
working on the GSM, CDMA and WCDMA networks. To learn more about Code
Factory and its mission of bringing complete accessibility to mobile
devices, visit http://www.codefactory.es.

Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
EMAIL:  akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx
"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."

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