[blindkid] Interesting info from Bookshare
carol_castellano at verizon.net
Thu Feb 19 04:25:23 UTC 2009
Below is an exchange of emails with Mario
Oliveros from Bookshare which addresses many of our concerns.
>Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 18:45:23 -0800
>From: "Mario Oliveros" <marioo at Benetech.org>
>Subject: RE: question
>Dear Ms. Castellano,
>Thanks for your patience; I needed to get a
>status on some of our development progress. Please see responses below:
> Bookshare books are downloadable in both
>DAISY and BRF (Braille Ready Format). Our books
>are compatible with screen readers like JAWS and
>notetakers, or will be as soon as partners
>complete upgrades to accommodate our new book
>format. Bookshare has also added variable cell
>line length as a setting in user preferences so
>that our books can accommodate different
>displays and Braille outputs. I'd be happy to
>schedule a call with our support team discuss
>this topic with you to explain further.
> Files are being proofread thoroughly and
>Bookshare has made book quality a core
>value. Before new books are introduced to the
>library, the books is reviewed and validated by
>Bookshare staff and volunteers. In addition,
>Bookshare is going back, reviewing, and
>validating older books in the library as
>well. And when books are found to have any
>required edits, Bookshare strongly encourages
>members to report them so that our team can edit
>them. We have added a report book quality link
>to our site on the page for each book so we can
>get immediate feedback and fix the book.
> Regarding Math and Science books, we
>will have an interesting announcement later this
>spring or early summer about DAISY support for
>math. Regarding images, we are in the final
>testing stages of adding images to NIMAC books.
>When rolled out, there will be 2 DAISY files
>letting Members choose whether or not they want
>the images. The image file will be much larger
>than the text as one would expect. We are also
>incorporating image descriptions. Also
>regarding math and science books, we can handle
>whatever we get from the NIMAC. If the publisher
>includes images, we'll add them.
>By the way, another important announcement is
>that states can now name Bookshare as an
>Authorized User of the NIMAC. This will help us
>get books to students much more quickly.
>I hope this answers some of your questions,
>please do not hesitate to contact me directly for any follow-up questions.
>From: Carol Castellano
>[<mailto:carol_castellano at verizon.net>mailto:carol_castellano at verizon.net]
>Sent: Tue 2/17/2009 8:20 PM
>To: Mario Oliveros
>Subject: RE: question
>Thanks, Mario. I'm looking forward to your response.
>At 04:34 PM 2/17/2009, you wrote:
> >Ms. Castellano,
> >Thank you very much for your inquiry. Betsy Burgess, our Director
> >of Marketing whom you met sometime last year, sends her regards.
> >I have most of the information you are requesting, but need to get
> >an update from our management team on the inclusion of science
> >images. I just wanted to send you a notice that I received your
> >email and will get back to you by tomorrow afternoon. Thanks again
> >for your email and let me know if you have other questions in the meantime.
> >Mario Oliveros
> >Partner Program Manager
> >tel: (650) 644-3413
> >fax: (650) 475-1066
> >marioo at benetech.org
> >Technology Serving Humanity
> >From: Carol Castellano
> [<mailto:carol_castellano at verizon.net>mailto:carol_castellano at verizon.net]
> >Sent: Monday, February 16, 2009 10:12 AM
> >To: Mario Oliveros
> >Subject: question
> >Hello Mario,
> >I am writing as President of Parents of Blind Children-NJ, 1st VP of
> >the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children and as
> >Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator in the Teacher of the Blind/VI
> >program at The College of New Jersey.
> >A couple of questions keep coming up from many quarters regarding
> >the Bookshare grant to produce books for students with a very short
> >turn-around time. Many have been asking the following:
> > * What is the file format that the student would receive? Would
> > the file be directly downloadable for use with a notetaker with
> > braille display? Would it be usable on a computer with JAWS?
> > * Will the files be proofread? Will the
> proofing be cursory or thorough?
> > * Are math and science books included? If so, what is being
> > done about figures and diagrams?
> >Thanks very much,
> >Carol Castellano
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