Frequently Asked Questions ggggggggg
· What do we do?
· How are our Large
different from others?
· What publications are offered and where do they come from?
· Help availability?
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.
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.
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
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.
publications are specially formatted. We put extra spacing between the
lines, we make sure the screen doesnt 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.
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.
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.
a question about a specific problem or to discuss our publications in
general, call: (424) 263-2057.
We welcome inquiries about exchanging links with other sites and will
continually add links to any site providing similar services for the vision
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.
more information email us at:
- 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
(2) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to standardized, secure,
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
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
eligible or who may qualify in accordance with the Act entitled "An
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
(3) "specialized formats" means Braille, audio, or digital text
for use by blind or other persons with disabilities.