Good afternoon campbellsworld visitors and book lovers One and All!
This afternoon Author Ann Parsons gives us a look into a world that is sure to make all of us very grateful for the ability to read when we wish.
There are many folks who may not know just how fortunate they are to be able to simply pick up a book and read whenever they like.
There are most likely even more who do not at all realize their fortune at being able to write when and what they wish either.
Have a look at this wonderfully revealing article.
When you’ve finished make certain to keep reading to see what Ann’s discovery of the ability to write brought forth.
Thanks Ann for this magnificent reminder.
As always, thanks for dropping into campbellsworld, and blessid be.
The Power of Technology
I grew up in a household where there were books in every room, even the bathrooms. My parents were teachers and many of the books had to do with their chosen field of teaching, but others ranged from novels to cookbooks to biographies and so on. As a child who was born blind, all these printed books were closed to me. I couldn’t read any of them. My parents talked about them, enthused about the various Shakespeare plays about classics like the Greek playwrights and I learned about the eighteenth-century philosophers like Locke in school. However, I could never read these books. They were closed to me.
The library for the blind in Albany, NY, held a relatively small collection of recorded and Braille books, and these were the only books I had. They weren’t mine, though. Each time I received a book in the mail, I had to send it back again. I couldn’t keep it. I had a Brailled Bible, a few children’s books like Stevenson’s The Child’s Garden of Verses, Angus and the Cat, Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal and one or two more.
I used to touch my parent’s books wistfully, wishing I could read them. I knew they would hold a world of information and pleasure for me. However, nothing changed until 1988 when I got my first computer.
I was enthralled I could actually write a document and correct what I had written on the fly, in real time. I listened to the words as I typed them and made corrections. This was heady stuff after spending my lifetime using manual typewriters and having to rely on sighted proofers to go through and correct all my typos.
However, it wasn’t till the fall of 1997 that the first breakthrough for me came in accessing books. I was, even though I had been using a computer for nine years, still imprisoned by the lack of accessible reading material. During September, I happened to see an announcement on a bulletin board from Phil Scovell, an entrepreneur who is blind and lives in Denver. He had collected books from the Gutenberg site and was offering them as a library for anyone who was willing to pay him $125.00 for one hundred 3.5 inch floppies. Back then, I had no idea how big a book might be, how much space it might take up on floppies. However, I figured that if I got one book on each of the hundred floppies, I’d have spent my money well. So, I order them.
Several days later, they arrived in my mailbox. It was a huge package, even 3.5 inch floppies take up space. The disks were all labeled, 1-1`00. So, I put the first one in my computer and discovered that it contained a file called Books.lst. What I discovered when I opened the trove was that I had purchased seven hundred and forty books, yes seven hundred and forty. That works out to about $0.14 per book. I discovered that I had four copies of The Bible, All of Shakespeare, Milton, Burroughs, Dickens, Locke, Twain, Cather, Montgomery, Spencer, Beowulf, indeed most of western culture’s classics.
Good reader, is it any wonder I sat in front of my computer that day and sobbed for a good five minutes? I was free, I was free, and it was a miracle of technology. Today, I have become rather sanguine about the whole thing, except in those infrequent occasions when I remember that day in 1997. After all, BARD has 50,000 audio books, plus a growing number of Braille ready files. Bookshare has nearly 750,000 books that are accessible. I can access Kindle books, books from the Internet Archive and Net Library. I can read newspapers, and I can access a wealth of information which is available on The Net. I use this information bonanza every day, and sometimes I forget, but if I give myself a chance, I remember that I, along with hundreds of other people who were print handicapped, are no longer so, thanks to technology.
MORE ON ANN AND HER WONDERFUL BOOK…
A novel by Ann K. Parsons / C 2017 / 445 pages in print
In e-book ($3.99) and print ($17.95) from Amazon and multiple other online sellers.
The Demmies is also on Bookshare.
Full details, cover, author bio, and more: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
The demmies were the public’s darlings, but they led a double life. By day, they posed for pictures, were guests on TV shows, and helped to increase knowledge about genetic engineering by taking part in scientific experiments. By night, they faced Dr. Albert Lud’s unauthorized experiments and his torture.
Was there something better for the genetically engineered, foot-high humans? Could they escape? If they did, could they find food, shelter, and freedom from the ogre who tormented them? Could they trust any of the “big folk” to help them? These were some of the questions that kept Alex Kenyon awake at night.
His daughter Ruth wondered what made a human being. Was it size? Was it intelligence? Was it belief in God? What made her know she was a human being, even though only nine inches tall?
This is the story of how Alex’s and Ruth’s questions are answered.
A note from Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books (www.dldbooks.com):
A marketing tip for any author is to take advantage of all possible personal connections: friends, family, work colleagues, church groups, book clubs and other clubs, alumni associations, etc. Ann Parsons took that advice and contacted her alma mater, Elmira College (in Elmira, New York) regarding her book. They responded with a wonderful notice about the book in their online alumni magazine. Go here to see it: https://www.elmira.edu/Student/Whats_happening/news/2017/12/Ann_Parsons.html
If this is not accessible to you, I can tell you what it includes. The headline is: “Alumna Authors Suspense Novel.” Following that is a large photo of the cover, a brief synopsis, a link to the novel on Amazon, and the link to the author’s website (provided above). An author could hardly ask for more. Thank you, Elmira College!
A Goodreads Review: