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Three weeks back one of our members, Surendra wrote to us that he wanted more cool features which would allow interaction between members and at the same time also encourage people to read.

We looked back at our story so far – two months, over thousand members, more than sixty countries, thousands of files shared, and zero conversations. That’s when we realized that we had grown but had no conversations going!

Thanks Surendra for pointing this out, and our apologies for not having done it earlier. We have just released a new and improved version of BookBole with a focus on facilitating conversations, so let the conversations begin!

On BookBole the first conversation starter is of course going to be about reading. We have provided a new status message feature, where you can update the what am I reading status message, and let others discover your reading habits.

We also given an option of starting conversations around content. For example, if you are a big fan of Hamlet, you can locate it on BookBole, and start a conversation by reviewing it. BookBole members around the world who are fans of Shakespeare or students of literature can join in and have a meaningful conversation around one the classics of all time.

Conversations can be around any accessible content, imagine Dan in Canada sharing computer programming notes and articles in accessible formats, and how Kumar and a bunch of geeks around the world can comment and learn from each other.  Imagine Kaan from Turkey sharing his mantra for success with everyone on BookBole, and how millions around the world can post comments and questions around the same and in the process learn and connect to each other.

To enable you to connect to each other, we have now created a profile section where you can fill in personal details about yourself, and also create a short biography which can be viewed by others.

From cooking tips and product reviews to personal stories and lifestyle tips, Bookbole is all about the small stuff, but on a really large scale. The possibilities of sharing and learning from each other are endless.

Log on to www.bookbole.com to check out the latest version of BookBole with a new design, new features, new conversations, and the same old promise <smiles>.

Remember, together, there are no barriers.

Team BookBole

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The Beyond Profit write-up is the first time that one has really gone into ‘why Bookbole?’ in some detail. Since we’re on the subject I thought I’d share some more thoughts on ‘why Bookbole?’

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“…In the summer of 2008 the team at Inclusive Planet set out to take on the biggest challenge in the world of the visually impaired: making the world’s inaccessible content accessible… On Monday, October 26, 2009, BookBole began reaching out to print and visually-impaired people the world over… Bookbole is designed exclusively for the print and visually impaired and available in both English and Spanish.”

Bookbole has had the privilege of being featured as a “true social venture” in the latest edition of ‘Beyond Profit’- a magazine that covers people and ideas from the social enterprise sector. You can read the full article athttp://beyondprofitmag.com/?p=563/. We look forward to an exciting partnership with Beyond Profit in the months to come.

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Kavitha has been a parent of two children with disabilities. In an interview with Janani from Inclusive Planet, she talks about the challenges she faced and stresses the importance of parents coming together to support each other. This is an account of her courage and hope in the face of very challenging circumstances.

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Two weeks after the launch of the Right to Read campaign, IP co-founder Rahul talks about the continuing source of his inspiration amidst the organizational madness that his life has been engulfed in. A moving personal account.

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Moiz talks about his own experience of growing up with visual impairment and makes a case for addressing the needs of print-impaired persons through the language of rights. Should the Right to Read extend beyond copyright law?

After reading this post, you may agree, disagree or have something to contribute. Wherever you stand, we welcome your comments, suggestions and arguments – so do participate!

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Venue: Loyola College
Date: 26th September, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM
Topic: Amend copyright law to grant access to reading materials for the print impaired

Read about the first major event in the Right to Read campaign- the start of an exciting journey!
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