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Frequently Asked Questions ggggggggg

. Who are we?
· What do we do?
· How are our
Large Print Books different   from others?
· What publications are offered and where   do they come from?
· Help availability?
· Links?
· Improvements?

Who are we?
We started as a service of M G Harrington Co, a litigation support company. Over the years, it provided a
number of publications including the Law Enforcement Legal
Reporter. To make the text easier to read on a computer
screen, 14-point type was used.
 
Prior to her death, Virginia M. Woolf, a partner, began to experiment with much larger type for the vision impaired. The Virginia M. Woolf Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is now continuing this work.

What do we do?
We provide publications in large print and ASCII format so that they are easier to read. They are designed for the visually impaired and the blind. We make them available for download from the internet and we distribute free copies to schools, libraries and government institutions. The publications are works of fiction and non-fiction as well as government publications that have been published in a type size too difficult to read.
 
Since our publications are in PDF format, they can be read with the free Adobe Reader. This makes it easy for the reader to change the font size for more comfortable reading.We also provide ASCII versions for screen readers for the blind and specially formatted version that are compatible with the Amazon Kindle.
How are our publications different from others?
We should note some differences that differentiate our service from products now available: There is hardware and software which enlarges printed text, but this is expensive, may require scanning equipment and only enlarges text without regard to the formatted page.
 
Our publications are specially formatted. We put extra spacing between the lines, we make sure the screen doesn’t cut off words on the side. In short, the publication is ready to be read when it arrives - no enlargement is necessary. Just as important, with the Adobe Reader the reader can reduce the size of the print if desired.
 
 
Now, with the popularity of tablets, we are happy to say that our PDF formatted publications can be read on the Kindle, iPad and Nook. After downloading our publications they can be transferred to a tablet by using a USB cable. The iPad uses a free app, Adobe Reader 10, to read PDFs. All the tablets provide a means to transfer publications by email, but we find using the USB cable is preferable.

What publications are offered and where do they come from?
We prepare three kinds of publications: material submitted to us by an author or publisher, royalty free publications found on the World Wide Web and copyright protected works reproduced and distributed under a provision of the 1976 Federal Copyright Act created for the blind and vision impaired.
 
In addition to traditional books, we prepare other publications like manuals, newsletters, and texts. We would like to be invited to propose working on publications you think should be available in a large font. We are also planning to introduce material in Spanish.
 
Help availability-24/7
We know that not everyone is a computer guru and one doesn't have to be to use one of our publications. The Adobe Reader contains its own help file. Since our publications are produced specifically for the Reader, these help pages should answer most questions. On the other hand, we understand that help files will not cover every situation. We are therefore prepared to receive telephone calls at any time of day, seven days a week. We may sound sleepy at times, but we pledge to try to help.
 
For a question about a specific problem or to discuss our publications in general, call: (424) 263-2057.

Links
We welcome inquiries about exchanging links with other sites and will continually add links to any site providing similar services for the vision impaired.
 
Improvements
We welcome suggestions to improve our service. There are varying degrees and kinds of vision impairment and we have tried to serve the largest group. This means we may not, probably cannot, serve everyone. Still, we would like to hear from you. We are breaking new ground and know we have a lot to learn. You can help us.

For more information email us at:

Woolf-Foundation@ca.rr.com (424) 263-2057

1 17 U.S.C.A. § 121 states:
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, it is not an infringement of copyright for an
authorized entity to reproduce or to distribute copies or phonorecords of a previously published,
nondramatic literary work if such copies or phonorecords are reproduced or distributed in specialized
formats exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities.
(b) (1) Copies or phonorecords to which this section applies shall—
(A) not be reproduced or distributed in a format other than a specialized
format exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities;
(B) bear a notice that any further reproduction or distribution in a format
other than a specialized format is an infringement; and
(C) include a copyright notice identifying the copyright owner and the date of the original
publication.
(2) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to standardized, secure, or
norm-referenced tests and related testing material, or to computer
programs, except the portions thereof that are in conventional human language
(including descriptions of pictorial works) and displayed to users in the ordinary course
of using the computer programs.
(c) For purposes of this section, the term—
(1) "authorized entity" means a nonprofit organization or a governmental
agency that has a primary mission to provide specialized services relating
to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other
persons with disabilities;
(2) "blind or other persons with disabilities" means individuals who are
eligible or who may qualify in accordance with the Act entitled "An Act to
provide books for the adult blind", approved March 3, 1931 (2 U.S.C.
135a; 46 Stat. 1487) to receive books and other publications produced in specialized
formats; and
(3) "specialized formats" means Braille, audio, or digital text which is
exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities.