[Vrstream] How To Get An E-book into a usable format for theStream

Tom Rutherford n8euj at sbcglobal.net
Thu Dec 29 12:51:22 EST 2011


Hi, Tom.  I just went to the VitalSource website at this link:

http://www.vitalsource.com/betterbooks/

If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can read the books that way.  I 
believe both of those iToys have TTS, but I'm not 100% sure.  HTH.

-- 73 DE Tom Rutherford, N8EUJ, Burton, MI
"She said it was either her or the ham radio.  Over."


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Behler" <tombehler at gmail.com>
To: "victor stream users list" <vrstream at vrstreamusers.org>
Cc: "victor stream users list" <vrstream at vrstreamusers.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [Vrstream] How To Get An E-book into a usable format for 
theStream


>    Tom and all:
>
> The book is:
>
> "The Human Side Of Disaster" by Thomas E. Drabek copyright 2010 by CRC
> Publishing, INC.
> ISBN:  978-1-4398-0864-1
>
> I had to download a program called Vital Source Bookshelf, in order to 
> download the book.
>
> I think that is proprietary software for the publisher--CRC Press.
>
> All files have a .vbk extension on the file name.
>
> Feel free to do any investigating that you'd like.
>
>
> Tom from Michigan
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Tom Rutherford" <n8euj at sbcglobal.net>
> To: "Tom Behler" <tombehler at gmail.com>; "Jim Barbour" <jbar at barcore.com>
> Cc: "victor stream users list" <vrstream at vrstreamusers.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [Vrstream] How To Get An E-book into a usable format for the 
> Stream
>
>
>> Would you mind telling us what the textbook is, and who published it? 
>> There might be a way to get some kind of inference from a Google search, 
>> or from the publisher's website.
>>
>> I've been replying "in the clear", in case somebody else has an idea. 
>> This is all on topic, so it shouldn't constitute "clutter", whatever that 
>> is in the context of a mailing list.  :-)
>>
>> -- 73 DE Tom Rutherford, N8EUJ, Burton, MI
>> "She said it was either her or the ham radio.  Over."
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Tom Behler" <tombehler at gmail.com>
>> To: "Tom Rutherford" <n8euj at sbcglobal.net>; "Jim Barbour" 
>> <jbar at barcore.com>
>> Cc: "victor stream users list" <vrstream at vrstreamusers.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:07 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Vrstream] How To Get An E-book into a usable format for the 
>> Stream
>>
>>
>>>    Tom and all:
>>>
>>> Just to add to the discussion here, I already have contacted Learning 
>>> Ally and suggested that the book be recorded by them.  So, that may be 
>>> my ultimate solution, if they are willing/able to record it.
>>>
>>> I still would like to get some sort of access in the meantime, though.
>>>
>>> Thanks to everyone for their helpful replies.
>>>
>>> I've been replying mostly to each person, rather than cluttering up the 
>>> list with everything.
>>>
>>> Hope that's ok.
>>>
>>> Tom from Michigan
>>>
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>>> From: "Tom Rutherford" <n8euj at sbcglobal.net>
>>> To: "Jim Barbour" <jbar at barcore.com>; "Tom Behler" <tombehler at gmail.com>
>>> Cc: "victor stream users list" <vrstream at vrstreamusers.org>
>>> Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 12:25 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [Vrstream] How To Get An E-book into a usable format for 
>>> the Stream
>>>
>>>
>>>>I don't think it really matters, Jim.  He said the two magic words --  
>>>>"access code" -- which tells me that, whatever type it is, it's 
>>>>protected, and the Stream won't do protected content, other than Audible 
>>>>and NLS. He's probably going to have to see if Learning Ally can convert 
>>>>it for him into something accessible.
>>>>
>>>> -- 73 DE Tom Rutherford, N8EUJ, Burton, MI
>>>> "She said it was either her or the ham radio.  Over."
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>>>> From: "Jim Barbour" <jbar at barcore.com>
>>>> To: "Tom Behler" <tombehler at gmail.com>
>>>> Cc: "victor stream users list" <vrstream at vrstreamusers.org>
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 10:57 AM
>>>> Subject: Re: [Vrstream] How To Get An E-book into a usable format for 
>>>> the Stream
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Hey Tom,
>>>>>
>>>>> So, the two things you should be able to figure out are...
>>>>>
>>>>>   1) What program is run when you open the book?   Try opening your
>>>>>      book, and then try opening another application (web browser,
>>>>>      email, whatever) and then alt+tab.  Does jaws tell you what
>>>>>      programs you're moving between?  Which one has your book open?
>>>>>
>>>>>      Alternatively, you can open your book, and then launch the task
>>>>>      manager (type control + alt + delete all together, and then type
>>>>>      alt + t) and see what program are in the list that comes up.
>>>>>
>>>>>   2) The other thing would be to find out what file type your book
>>>>>      is.  Find the book in windows explorer, then type shift + f10,
>>>>>      and then read the dialog, you want to know what comes after the
>>>>>      word type.
>>>>>
>>>>> If you can find out either of these things, we can probably help you
>>>>> more.
>>>>>
>>>>> Take Care,
>>>>>
>>>>> Jim
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 07:36:06AM -0500, Tom Behler wrote:
>>>>>> Hello, everyone.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> As some may recall, I am a college professor here in Michigan, and I 
>>>>>> wrote
>>>>>> an e-mail to the list several weeks ago about my need to access an 
>>>>>> e-book
>>>>>> copy of a textbook that I am considering for one of my courses.  I'd 
>>>>>> like to
>>>>>> get this book into some sort of usable format for the Stream.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> In response to my original e-mail, I got the following reply from a 
>>>>>> list
>>>>>> member named Jim.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> >Hi Tom,
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >"e-book" is not a useful description in this case, it's like saying
>>>>>> >you got a video or some music.
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >We need to know what format the book is in.  Do you have any
>>>>>> >instructions on how to view the book on your computer?  That might 
>>>>>> >be a
>>>>>> >good place to start.
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >Hope we can help more,
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >Jim
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> Jim's response makes perfect sense, but I don't know what to do to 
>>>>>> keep
>>>>>> things legal.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I have an e-mail here from the book's publisher, with access 
>>>>>> instructions
>>>>>> and my access code for the e-book, but I am reluctant to give it out.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I have downloaded the book onto my computer here, but can't seem to 
>>>>>> access
>>>>>> anything, other than chapter titles in the table of contents.  I also 
>>>>>> seem
>>>>>> unable to find out what format the book is in.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'm using Jaws 12 and Windows XP.  I also have the latest firmware 
>>>>>> version
>>>>>> for my Stream.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I realize that this e-mail continues to be vague, and not very 
>>>>>> helpful, but
>>>>>> if anyone has worked with e-books before, and has some advice, I'd be 
>>>>>> very
>>>>>> interested.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks as always!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Tom from Michigan
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
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