Letters to the Editor...


Reader Touts Victor Stream


Like many Bulletin readers who have chimed in recently regarding the switch to digital book machines, I, too, was anxious to make the change. The announcement almost three years ago motivated me to investigate the Victor Reader Stream by Humanware.

I asked my VIST Coordinator to order a Victor Reader for me, which he readily took care of. I received the machine, about the size of a deck of cards, and began learning how to use it. I enrolled in the National Library Service (NLS) pilot program and began downloading digital books of my choice from the NLS site to my computer and then uploading them to my Victor Reader.

NLS has now adopted the pilot program, which has been renamed BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). The program is open to all NLS patrons through an application process.

The Victor Reader Stream has a phone-style key pad to operate the reader. It has a rechargeable battery and a Secure Digital (SD) memory card. The capacity of the reader is almost unlimited, depending on the size of the SD card.

I love my Stream! I do not have any more missing or defectives tapes, unavailable books, or long waits for the postal carrier. Humanware has been an exhibitor at our last two conventions, offering in the process hands-on demonstrations of the Stream.

David Norris
Vista, California

Editor Acknowledges Winter Issue Errors


Try as we do to make certain that our publication is error-free and that nothing unusual occurs in the printing process, two unfortunate problems surfaced in our most recent issue of the Bulletin.

In the Around BVA piece about Enrique Sanchez and his White Cane Day poster display, the final four words of a quote from him were cut off in mid-sentence. What Enrique actually said was that his poster project was a practical means of putting to use the increased knowledge and abilities he gained at West Haven in order to make a personally meaningful contribution to White Cane Day at the Manhattan VA Medical Center.

We also mistakenly identified Terry Kebbel as a member of the New Mexico Regional Group in “New Discussion Group for ‘Blinded Vets and Friends.’” Although Terry now lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he actually lives within the boundaries and supports the activities of the Rio Grande Regional Group.

We apologize for the two errors and thank the parties who brought them to our attention.

Stuart Nelson
Bulletin Editor