[nfb-talk] Matilda Ziegler magazine transition
gera1027 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 04:52:53 UTC 2009
Supposedly the new edition would come out today on the seventh. Any news on
when it'll be out? I'm really looking forward to it; the new articles on
blind people (at least in the November issue) were really inspiring! thus
already looking forward to the new email edition.
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From: "Sherri" <flmom2006 at gmail.com>
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The following is the letter from the editor that appears in this month's
Matilda Ziegler magazine. The magazine is no longer produced in Braille or
cassette due to expense, but is going to be available in a wide range of
formats. Hopefully, it will be on Newsline ®soon. The letter from the editor
is below. He also talks about a free e-mail service which allows you access
to your existing e-mail accounts by phone. I thought this would be of
interest. I have been a Ziegler reader for years. It is a very enjoyable
A Letter from the Editor
New York, Sept. 16,
Dear Readers: I began working at the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind
in 1991, a few years before the rise of personal computers and the internet.
During that time, I have had a front-row seat for technology's dramatic
effects in two areas: publishing and blindness.
People with visual impairments especially have benefitted from technological
progress--and the good news seems to be coming rapidly these days. Since I
began posting blindness-related articles to our new website,
MatildaZiegler.com, I have been reading daily of the many accomplishments of
blind and visually impaired individuals, some of whom are featured in this
It will be a preview of the Ziegler's new weekly email edition, which will
contain all articles posted to the website as well as Readers' Forum letters
and Special Notices. Of course, you can visit MatildaZiegler.com any time,
or get up-to-the-minute postings via our RSS feeds, on Twitter
(matildaziegler) and on Facebook (Matilda Ziegler).
I hope to make the Ziegler's weekly email edition available on the
NFB-NEWSLINE by early December. This free and simple telephone service has
expanded, and now callers can listen to more than 300 newspapers and
magazines. Learn more about this wonderful technology at 866-504-7300.
I also want to inform you of another great free service, mailspeaking.com,
which lets you use any phone to access up to four previously established
email accounts, including Gmail, Yahoo, MSN and AOL. After establishing an
email account online, you may then use any telephone to read and send
messages independently through mailspeaking.com.
Although our October braille and cassette issues have not yet been mailed,
the production schedule requires me to finish our November issue today,
which is Sept. 16. Any Readers Forum letters or Special Notices not
published in this issue will appear online and in our first weekly email
edition, which will be available by Monday, Dec. 7.
Our transition to the internet "cloud" is occurring just after Thanksgiving,
so this November issue is an appropriate time to thank the many people who
played a role in the production of our braille and cassette formats. Thank
you to the employees of our braille manufacturer, The Clovernook Center for
the Blind and Visually Impaired, to the staff and narrators at Talking Book
Productions, and to the folks at National Audio Company, our cassette
duplicator. I am also very grateful for the help and support of my
co-workers Susan Leung and Romeo Edmead.
It feels good to express these thank-yous publicly. Would you like to thank
a sighted individual through the Ziegler for his or her contributions to
people who are blind or visually impaired? If so, please nominate that
person for our annual James H. Veale Humanitarian Award. Describe his or her
virtues in a letter of nomination that includes contact information for you
and your nominee. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1. Please note our
new email address: editor at matildaziegler.com.
During my 18 years at the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind, I have
been thankful for many things. But I am most grateful for you readers. A
magazine editor could not work for a more attentive or appreciative group of
Since 1907, this publication has existed to serve its readers--but you also
help us to exist by providing such interesting and unique content. I look
forward to expanding our mutually beneficial arrangement as technology
continues to improve publishing and the lives of people who are blind or
Thank you so much for your interest in the Ziegler, and Happy Holidays.
Gregory Evanina, editor
flmom2006 at gmail.com
There is a Braille literacy crisis in America.
You can be part of the solution.
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