[BlindMath] Electronic books

Sarah Jevnikar sarah.jevnikar at gmail.com
Mon May 28 17:28:19 UTC 2018


Hi!
I have also had reasonable success contacting authors directly. I often cc
my school's Accessibility Services folks and my course instructor, so they
know what I'm doing. Publishers have been of little help in this, though I
can appreciate why to some extent.
Sarah


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Subject: Re: [BlindMath] Electronic books

Hi,

During my PhD studies, I had the most success by contacting the authors
directly to request the source files. I had more success when attempting to
find newer titles - the source files for older titles are difficult to track
down for obvious reasons. It's worth having an email template that allows
you to change the author's name, and the name of the publication you're
after. Explain to them that you have no intention of recompiling the source
files and, in most cases, that you don't need the figure files, which
therefore makes compilation impossible. It's also worth offering to sign a
copyright agreement.
It's also worth contacting the publishers, although my success rate was
lower than when contacting the authors directly.

Robin

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Keith Biggs via BlindMath
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Cc: Brandon Keith Biggs <brandonkeithbiggs at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [BlindMath] Electronic books

Hello,
I have been researching this topic and even though one would think
publishers would keep LaTeX source files of the books they publish, or put
their books into MathML, it seems as if the publisher doesn't have these
files. The current way is to pay someone to transcribe math books into word
with MathML or LaTeX.
I am sure there is a bottleneck somewhere in this process and I am trying my
hardest to find where the source files are.
Thanks,


Brandon Keith Biggs <http://brandonkeithbiggs.com/>

On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 9:40 PM, Aqil Sajjad via BlindMath <
blindmath at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Does anyone have experience with e-books involving math content? I am 
> looking for some physics books and they are available in kindle. Are 
> there any ebooks from major publishers out there that are accessible?
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