Kin Platt Message Board
Steve McCormick posts on 1/13/2013 2:54:49 PM
No problem Chris, I have actually been talking to Seth S. about this on facebook.
Chris Platt posts on 1/11/2013 12:44:43 AM
Many thanks, Andy. I have heard back from that publisher, and she has asked me to send her a hard copy, of which I have only a few left, for her to read. I also sent her your note posted here about scanning the book and Tesseract, asking if she can use that output, but she hasn't answered me on that. If she can work with it, I will contact you as you describe, and ask you to send the file to me, and we will go from there. Thanks again. Oh, yes, and for the record, because I got it wrong the other night, Steve McCormick was the one who suggested I contact this publisher. My sincere apologies, Steve.
Andy Valencia posts on 1/10/2013 7:44:17 PM
Happy to help! If you google around for "contact Andy Valencia" you can get in touch with me directly and I can make a copy of the scanned text available for your review.
It'd be an honor to help in my little way with keeping your father's work available.
Chris Platt posts on 1/3/2013 12:30:41 AM
Wow, Andy. that was an amazing undertaking, and is a hugely generous offer. From what I am reading, Tesseract is a very accurate OCR software that any interested publisher would be likely to find acceptable for reproduction. Tell you what -- I have followed up on the suggestion of Jeff Scott (below), and contacted the publisher he mentioned. If that publisher is interested, I will get the three of us together to see how we can get the ball rolling, with the hope of you getting some kind of compensation or credit for your initiative and for creating a scanned version that I thought would be such a difficult prospect. If it doesn't work out with them, perhaps it is time for us to consider self-publishing an eBook ourselves, again with you getting something for your efforts. Thank you. Will let you know if or when there is something to report.
Andy Valencia posts on 1/2/2013 8:49:53 PM
Regarding a scan of the book, as an experiment I removed the binding from my copy of Sinbad and Me and fed the pages through our scanner. I then used Google's "tesseract" software and got a pretty decent copy of the text right off the bat.
Now, I have *no* interest in copyright infringement here. But if Mr. Platt's family wants to take a look at the results as a possible starting point for an ebook version, I would be happy to work with them. It'd actually be a bit of an honor!
Jeff Scott posts on 12/29/2012 2:03:06 AM
Guess what I got for Christmas? My very own copy of Sinbad and Me! Can't wait to get enough time to curl up and read it. It's a paperback version and it's funny that the price on the front is 60 cents. My wife paid over 100 X that much... Happy holidays to you all
Chris Platt posts on 12/22/2012 12:47:28 PM
Hi Steve, well that might be a nice XMas present! Never heard of that outfit, nor the series you mentioned, but I will check them out and let you (and everybody) know if it pans out. Thanks so much and have a great holiday.
Steve McCormick posts on 12/22/2012 12:22:48 PM
Hi Chris, I would like to see these books re-released also.
Much like the Mad Scientist Books were re-released. Maybe we should contact Jill from purple house press. They do wonderful work!
aaa posts on 12/13/2012 2:05:02 PM
Thanks so much for your kind offer to help with digitizing the Sinbad books. I think this would be a huge undertaking because there are no electronic files, as they were all written before computers and word-processing. And we do not have any of the original manuscripts, either, so each book would have to be taken apart gently, and each fragile, yellowing page scanned one-at-a-time. And then there's the typesetting using whatever software is now the standard. An eBook publisher in Massachusetts did just that a year ago with nine of my father's adult mysteries, even came up with new -- and far better -- covers. You can look at previous posts here for details. But I think they exhausted their resources producing the books and haven't marketed them the way we would have hoped. To-date, they have sold a total of 36 copies of the nine books. I can't imagine paying someone (you, for example)to do all that work, especially when the payoff is likely to be so pitiful.
Thanks so much,
Chris Platt posts on 12/13/2012 12:30:52 AM
Hi Jeff, no, I can't say as I ever wrote much fiction. I was a journalist for about 40 years, so the only fiction was the occasional expense account entry. After retirement, I wrote a few blogs ... you can look me up in the archives of Huffington. Never saw myself writing the great American novel, just didn't have that kind of whatever-it-was that my father had.
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