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Dan posts on 2/18/2011 12:50:41 PM
My copy is the "First Laurel printing-January 1974" by Dell Publishing Co. I'll scan the pages. Let me know.
Chris Platt posts on 2/17/2011 10:24:05 AM
Hi Kathy, Wow! You people are really stepping up. The thing about scanning is that you pretty much HAVE TO take the copy of the book apart, ever-so-gently, and scan a page-at-a-time unless you have an industrial-strength scanner which take a stack of two-sided pages. And, if we had access to one of those, we would probably have access to computer software that could typeset the pages directly for publication.
The other thing about each of us typing up portion the book is that we have to be sure we are all working from the same edition. There are abridged and paperback versions still floating around, as well as some published outside the USA, where the pages do not match up.
Kathy posts on 2/17/2011 9:55:44 AM
I don't have a copy anymore - mine fell apart and I got rid of it before I knew how hard (impossible) it would be to get another - if someone scanned pages into jpegs and then sent those out, I for one could type from that.
Dan posts on 2/16/2011 5:45:44 PM
It wouldn't take long for me to type and proofread 50 or more pages from my copy of Sinbad and Me.
Kathy posts on 2/15/2011 10:11:14 AM
I would contribute to such an effort - in fact, I would be happy to help type up an electronic copy - perhaps if ten of us took several chapters, we could knock out a Word version of Sinbad & Me fairly quickly.
Chris Platt posts on 2/15/2011 1:16:21 AM
Dan, thanks so much for your generous -- and frankly embarrassing offer. I really appreciate it, and it would be so cool to have the book reborn as a result of a grassroots effort like that.
Let's see what other visitors to this message board have to say about it and go from there.
And Thank You, Jakapan. YES, we have looked into print on demand options, but have yet to find one that will actually take apart an olde, yellowing copy of an out-of-print book, and somehow scan it into a text file,and manipulate the text of 300-plus pages of Sinbad, and then desktop-publish it into a new book, except at a prohibitive cost. But we're still looking. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
Jakapan posts on 2/15/2011 12:03:01 AM
Chris, for getting your dad's titles in print again, have you looked into the publish-on-demand options online?
Dan posts on 2/7/2011 6:37:45 PM
I just finished reading "Sinbad and Me" for the first time in about 35 years. Your father was truly a gifted writer. The descriptions about the love between a boy and his dog were touching. The discussions about the relationship between fathers and sons made me want to be a better father to my small children. The book is thoroughly entertaining. Maybe we can take up a collection from those who have made posts to pay a competent typist to type up the manuscript from an original copy. I'd be willing to contribute something.
Chris Platt posts on 2/7/2011 11:43:10 AM
Yes, I actually do know the difference between speech-recognition software and audiobooks when I'm awake enough to think about it. However, as you point out, most of the available SR software is still flawed, and -- given that Sinbad was my father's longest book -- that's a heckuva job to read it in and, as you say, then have to proofread it. Oh, well, maybe a better SR software package will come along. Thanks.
Gray posts on 2/7/2011 5:08:28 AM
I'm not an audiobook fan, I like to read my books. But any release is better than none!
Actually, when you read a text into the computer via speech recognition, what you get is basically formatted text. It's NOT an audio file AT ALL. What happens is that the software translates your voice to text.
Windows 7 speech recognition pretty much lets you input text via voice into various programs. If I were to read a book in, I'd probably go with inputting the text into an HTML editor, as once you have formatted HTML, it's easy to make an epub file.
I've only played with the speech recognition a little, because I occasionally get some tendinitis that makes typing harder. But you'll start paragraphs by saying "New paragraph", that sort of thing. And you have to say all the punctuation as well.
I'm not that great at it, so sometimes I end up proofing text after by typing anyway! But I could see it as possible, if tedious, to get a book into text form this way if the book was too fragile to scan.
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