Project from NY Talking Book and Braille Library (fwd)

Hans Zoebelein hzo at
Fri Jun 25 12:19:18 UTC 2004

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Subject: Fw:      CURR: Project from NY Talking Book and Braille Library

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From: "Catherine Alfieri" <calfieri at ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2004 1:12 PM
Subject: CURR: Project from NY Talking Book and Braille Library

Dear Web Braille Subscriber:

The New York State Library's Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) and (Bookshare) invite you to take part in an exciting new,
free-to-you, one-year pilot project limited to 100 TBBL patrons who are not
now members of Bookshare.

Goals of the Pilot Project:

TBBL and Bookshare want to provide a wider range of digital books to TBBL
patrons while learning how Bookshare can work to provide access to you. For
this, we need your feedback. TBBL needs feedback from you on the sign up
process and usability, as well as any suggestions you may have that would
help make Bookshare a stronger resource for libraries and their patrons. In
return, TBBL and Bookshare are offering, free-to-you, one year of unlimited
access to Bookshare's books and services.


A. Must be a TBBL patron
B. Not a Bookshare member at the present time.
C. Must be age 18 or over
D. Must have access to a computer and the Internet.
E. Must have computer skills necessary to browse the web, install Bookshare
utilities, and download books.

If you are comfortable filling out online forms or making purchases over the
Internet, you'll be comfortable using Bookshare.

Bookshare Books and How They May be Read:

The majority of books from Bookshare are created by scanning so they contain
the full text but no pre-recorded human voice. They are all rated for
quality to indicate the level of proofreading after scanning. More than
two-thirds of the books have the top quality rating indicating almost no
errors. Bookshare has over 17,000 books and adds several hundred each month
to the collection, largely through efforts of volunteer scanners. Bookshare
books can be read using almost any assistive technology that users may
already have and be comfortable with, so long as it supports reading
text-based documents. You may also listen to the books from Bookshare using
the Bookshare Edition of the Victor Reader Soft DAISY reader, provided with
membership. Alternatively, you may read the book with a screen magnifier or
in braille format with a portable braille reader or refreshable braille
display. You may request a cd containing Bookshare utilities.

How it Works:

if you want to become a member of this free pilot project, please contact me
by July 15th via email at tmurphy at or phone at 518-474-5957.
Your first name, last name, home address, and email address will be
submitted to Bookshare. You will then receive a welcome message with a
password and a link to the registration form. Once you are registered, you
will be entitled to all the services of a Bookshare subscriber for one year.


Do you know a TBBL patron who is not a Bookshare member and would like to
be? Please ask that person to call me by July 15th and let me know of
his/her interest. If there are still memberships open in this limited pilot
project, TBBL will be happy to include this patron.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please send me an
email at tmurphy at or call at 518-474-5957.

Tina 518-474-5957
New York State Talking Book and Braille Library
Email: tmurphy at

   Ann K. Parsons
email:  akp at
"All that is gold does not glitter.
Not all those who wander are lost."  JRRT

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