[Missouri-l] BT children's books on Bookshare
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Thu May 28 14:20:47 CDT 2009
Bookshare Partnership Will Serve Visually Impaired Young Readers
Bookshare to Offer Children's Books from Sharing-Books.com
Will Serve Visually Impaired Young Readers
Bookshare.org is the leading on-line library for the visually
Sharing-Books.com is a leading on-line publisher of new children
The two companies announce that the children books published by
sharing-books.com will be added to the Bookshare library for the
of visually impaired children.
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) May 5, 2009 -- Bookshare and Shared Books
Vancouver BC are pleased to announce a partnership that will
availability of children books in the Bookshare library.
Shared Books, which operates the Sharing-Books.com website, has
to allow children's books published on Sharing-Books.com to be
the Bookshare collection. This initiative will increase the
children's books accessible to readers with print disabilities
provide an opportunity for authors published on Sharing-Books.com
offer their works to a new group of valued readers.
Schools around the world have signed up their qualified students
Bookshare and many parents have registered their children with
qualifying disabilities for individual Bookshare memberships.
of new Bookshare school and student members increased tenfold in
More than 47,000 people with print disabilities now subscribe to
This partnership will allow Bookshare to continue to expand its
collection of books for young readers who remain a critically
group within our membership. Sharing-Books.com is on the
providing these texts in a digital format.
"The children's books provided by Sharing-Books.com will be
Bookshare members worldwide," says Bookshare CEO Jim Fruchterman.
partnership will allow Bookshare to continue to expand its
books for young readers who remain a critically important group
our membership. Sharing-Books.com is on the forefront of
texts in a digital format."
"Having some personal experience with technology that serves the
visually impaired, I was thrilled to see our authors being able
contribute content to Bookshare's impressive library," said
Lapointe, CEO of Shared Books. Our team's enthusiasm for
unanimous. We want more people to read more books. Technology
important role to play in reaching all potential readers."
Bookshare is operated by Benetech, a Palo Alto, CA-based
Bookshare offers people with print disabilities more than 47,000
and 150 daily periodicals in accessible formats including
print and synthetic speech. People with print disabilities
readers who are blind or have low vision, learning disabilities
mobility impairment that prevents them from reading a traditional
printed book. In 2007, Bookshare received a
$32 million five-year award from the U.S. Department of
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to give all U.S.
with qualifying print disabilities free access to the Bookshare
Sharing-Books.com is an innovative business model combining
enterprise and social goals.
Sharing-Books.com authors receive a third of the revenues of the
as royalties. Another third of Sharing-Books.com revenues are
Room to Read, a charity that equips developing nations with
resources. The company operates an ultra lean virtual business
with the other third of its revenues. Sharing-Books.com disrupts
traditional publishing cycle by giving new authors and new books
immediate publishing venue. The Sharing-Books.com model
promising books and characters for the paper publishing, gaming,
and toy industries.
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