October 16, 2008
I first visited Bookshare’s website (which makes digital books accessible to people with disabilities) in 2003 to locate a book which I was unable to find anywhere else. Since then, my husband Larry and I (who are both totally blind) have accumulated a large library which we either save to our computer or to a portable device, enabling us to read books not only at home but on the go as well. We both also enjoy adding books to Bookshare’s collection – Larry scans them with our Optibook 3600 scanner, while I correct scanning errors (to the best of my ability, sometimes a tedious task) before adding them to the library. Joining Bookshare has enabled us to read not only familiar authors but to acquaint ourselves with new authors whose works we have never experienced before. No matter how many books we submit, we both receive such pleasure when we receive the email notice that our book has joined the other books to explore. Though there are several sources from which we can obtain books, often Bookshare is the first organization to make them available. Over the last five years, we have also made several friends and assisted volunteers in learning the process required to submit their books to Bookshare. The collection is diverse and has provided us many hours of wonderful and informative reading!
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Adding books to the collection
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & Submitted books to Bookshare.