My full-length book, Where We Think It Should Go, can be yours via Octopus Books, Small Press Distribution, or Amazon. We better celebrate these hard copies while we can. When I'm not writing poetry, I teach amazing young people who are blind. I believe in a healthier future.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

That's a treasure of a photo (of treasures) from my trip.

I missed the fact that Rabbit Light Movies #7 went up a while ago! I was too afraid to watch the video of myself reading and avoided it. But here you go, friends.

Rabbit Light Movies--Episode #7

John Keene & Christopher Stackhouse, Juliana Leslie,
Johannes Goransson,

Sasha Steensen, Michael Rerick, Claire Becker, Anthony Hawley,
Mary Jo Bang,

K. Silem Mohammed, and Matthea Harvey.

Rabbit Light Movies Link

In a related note, Hasbro company is really stupid to attack Scrabulous. They're only making Scrabble more popular. Scrabble is the only trademarked board game with such a high level of popularity, according to the book Word Freak. It can't last! I personally have travel scrabble and a Braille version from the fifties or sixties. So how is my playing Scrabulous hurting Hasbro?

Copyright is stupid. Publishers also make is a lot harder than necessary for blind users to download the e-text of books, so they can be translated into Braille. I've read that people are starting to download textbooks illegally. Totally understandable. People like physical books and will never completely stop buying them. People who have enough money (or parents' money) to buy a $130 textbook will do it. I get mine from the sweet Link+ system at the library. Other people can read them on the computer screen.

By the way, I've been reading on the screen lately, and I have a really good suggestion: make your font way bigger and lean back in your chair. On a Mac, you just hit the Apple key with Plus.


gina said...

I just finished reading an article on the NY Times site about reading online. It doesn't really talk about people reading books (or text books) online, but it looks at reading comprehension of students who read books and those who don't read books but read on the internet. The article is Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading? ( It's an okay article, and kind of fun to read (or not really read) online.

gina said...

Okay, I think this link for the article should work.