Text-to-voice conversion software can allow you to hear as well as read these books. So you can test this capability and decide if it might be valuable to you, we include the include the installation file for ReadPlease 2003 on this CD. You can use that file to install a trial copy of ReadPlease Plus, which is a commercial-quality product and can read files of any size. This trial copy is good for 30 days, after which, if you wish, you could buy a license from ReadPlease. As an alternative, you can use that same file to install their free version, which doesn't expire, but which can only handle 16K of text at a time; which means that to read a book, you would have to copy and paste one peice of text after another.
When the rapid, automatic 10 Mbyte installation is done, you will be able to open ReadPlease by clicking on an icon on your desktop. Controls in the right column allow you to change the speed of the voice (with a sliding bar), change the font size (with a sliding bar), and switch among four different voices (with the right and left arrows.
When you run ReadPlease, you see the text, with yellow highlighting moving from one word to the next, while you hear that same text. And you can at any time edit the text in the video window. Just position your cursor, click you mouse, and tuype whatever you like -- for instance, annotation or marks to show where you last stopped reading. Then save the edited file on your hard drive.
Please keep in mind that ReadPlease is their software not ours. They are the experts on it. You can listen to samples at their site www.readplease.com, where you can also see detailed help files.
We will continuously add books to our Classic Collections CDs as they become available over the Internet. Our online table of contents pages will indicate the dates when particular new books are added. If you buy a Book Collection CD from us, you have the right to buy an upgraded version of the same CD for just $10 per CD, up to four times per year. Likewise, if you buy a Book Collection DVD from us, you can buy an upgraded version of that same DVD for just $30 per DVD, up to four times per year. The "upgraded" version will contain all the texts, not just the new ones.
If for any reason you are not satisfied with any product you purchase directly from us, you may return it for replacement or refund.
STANDARD DELIVERY -- CDs SENT BY US MAIL
Orders are normally filled within two days of receipt. We ship CDs by U.S. Mail, first class in the U.S. and airmail outside the U.S. We ship traditional printed books and videotapes as media mail.
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US -- In the U.S., there is a flat charge of $3 for shipping and handling, regardless of the size of the order. Massachusetts residents add 5% for sales tax.
OUTSIDE THE U.S. -- Shipping outside the US is $6, air mail, regardless of the size of the order. Credit card is the simplest and least expensive way for you to pay. If you prefer to pay by check, the payment must be in U.S. dollars. It also must be in the form of a check payable by a U.S. bank.
Each CD has an index page to make it easy for you to find and open the books you want with your browser and/or with a recent version of Word. The texts themselves are in plain, unenhanced text form, to make it easy for you to use import them into your favorite word processing program and change the fonts and type size for your convenience.
We also include ReadPlease software, which, once installed on your hard drive, lets you listen to as well as read the books on your CDs.
GUIDELINES FOR USE OF THESE BOOKS
We provide texts as they are found on the Internet. We do no additional editing. We believe the people who originally input or scanned these texts made every effort to be accurate. But we cannot guarantee the accuracy. Please accept these texts "as is," in the spirit of sharing which prevails on the Internet. When you do make copies, please treat the information and its originators with respect. Think of this service as an extension of the Internet and treat the information with the same consideration as if you had obtained it directly from the Internet. Always credit your sources and respect the wishes of the originators of the information, as stated in their documents. Please note that when the document itself does not clearly indicate whether the material can be freely copied, we contact the source of the information for permission to include it on our diskettes.
Many thanks to the people who make texts freely available in electronic form.