Hi I'm David

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David Schnell-Davis
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Hi I'm David

I'm David, a computer programmer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I have a vision problem that makes it difficult for me to read for more than a few minutes at a time. I started using GhostReader a little over five years ago to convert textbooks when I began law school, which requires a massive amount of reading. I soon switched to iVox, and now regularly use a custom workflow I've developed to convert books (often ones I have scanned and OCR'd myself) to audio so I can listen to them on my iPod.

When I first started converting textbooks I thought I would be at a disadvantage compared to my classmates, because it takes longer to listen to an audio book than read a printed one, and I can't take notes in the margins. However, I eventually discovered converting my books actually gave me an advantage. Even factoring in the time it took for the initial conversion, the fact that I could "read" my books at any time (while driving, at the gym, doing housework, etc.) enabled me to easily keep up on my reading and stay ahead of the majority of my classmates. I eventually graduated near the top of my class, and iVox is one of the crucial tools that made that possible.

Now I still use iVox regularly to convert books I can't otherwise get audiobook versions of, and it has become an essential part of my lifestyle. I will very likely be building my own book scanner soon (diybookscanner.org) to further streamline this process.

If other users are interested in converting books to audio I'll be glad to share what I know. My current process uses Automator and was annoying to set up, but now works reasonably well.

I'm registering here because I have some questions about using the Pronunciation Editor, which I'll post in another forum.


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