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ReadAssist and New Free eBook Program

Special Notice October 16, 2012: Our website was hijacked for several months in the middle of the year. As a result some applications are being trapped as spam. As an all volunteer group it does take a while, however if you haven't heard from us in a several weeks please go to the contact page and email us directly.

November 14, 2006
ReadAssist will assist Baen Books in implementing Baen's free-to-the-disabled reading program. See eBooks under eAvailable Books for more information.

Jim Baen, founder of Baen Books, who passed on June 28, 2006, decided to "provide each challenged reader with a permanent pass" to the regular e-publication of Baen’s new books. His successor, publisher Toni Weisskopf, is implementing his idea with this program.

Since 1999, Baen's new publications have been published as ebooks each month, in several formats, with no Digital Rights Management, through WebScriptions, for a small fee. Now, this service will be available at no cost to the disabled, who must apply for this privilege: Free WebScriptions Registration

ReadAssist will process these applications. Janet Dailey, Communications Committee, wrote the application form; Jonathan Guthrie, volunteer, wrote the script; and Teresa Cochran, Peer Liaison, will check them over and submit the approved applications to WebScriptions.

July, 2012 Dyslexia and Readassist.

We are implementing a program to supply links to devices and software that help people with Dyslexia enjoy reading.We have discovered through Baen's e-book program that e-books and e-book readers, particularly "text to speech" readers, are a great aid in helping people with Dyslexia enjoy books as well as providing a therapeutic activity. This was particularly brought to light by a panel at LibertyCon 25 presented by Walt Boyes, his daughter Andrea, Sarah Hoyt and Toni Weiskopf (Publisher of Baen Books). However, Dyslexia on it's own is not the sole criteria for the Free Book program.

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Why are we so "plain Vanilla"? There's no Flash, no Shockwave, none of the stuff that makes so many websites look so attractive.  We do this on purpose. Many of the people that access this site have reading  disabilities...those add-ons are, here, not features but bugs. So don't expect the fancy, or think less of us because of it. It's just to fulfill our mission.

On this website are links to sources of e-books, audio books, and paper books, to SF fannish activity, and (especially for those whose hands or eyes no longer do their bidding) to sources of gadgets and software (assistive technology) that will enable them to continue to enjoy fiction and fanac.

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