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A Call for Millions: Ending the Global Book Famine for the Blind

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Benetech has already solved this problem for students in the United States. We have the technology. We have the ebooks. The Global Treaty for the Blind makes it legal to create ebooks for people with disabilities without having to pay a royalty or getting permission. Publishers already contribute most of their ebooks to us for free, but The Treaty allows for crowdsourcing books at scale through a Napster-inspired model (but legal!).

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Join Benetech in the Skoll Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs Challenge!

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They get frustrated and don’t want to read,” she says, “but access to digital books and reading technologies changed all that for Zach.” Zach Bryant The change happened when Zach was in high school and his Assistive Technology teacher introduced him to Benetech’s Bookshare library.

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

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Data from the American Printing House for the Blind’s annual registry of legally blind students shows that in 2012 only 8.8% At Benetech, we want to ensure that in this brave new world of digital content, braille is as available as any other ebook format to those who want it.

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The Long, Long Tail of Facebook Causes - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

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My personal goal is to channel the aspirations of the technology community to do more social good. More and more of my time is spent around both raising money and raising awareness of how much more could be done with technology to increase social impact.

The Long, Long Tail of Facebook Causes - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

The Struggle for Book Access: Amazon (Blog Post #2)

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But, it's a dream that the commercial ebook vendors keep dashing. We have an action by Amazon that sets back years of work to make ebooks accessible. There's so much to talk about here with Amazon, so let me focus on just a few key points: The Closed Platform problem. The Closed Platform problem. I also have a Kindle1, and have bought a bunch of Kindle ebooks. ebook reader with all the books they need for the year is pretty tempting.

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Bookshare and the Power of We

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With technology, you can do incredible things, but with a galvanized community of supporters who work together toward a greater good, we can do anything. I’m excited to contribute to this topic in honor of the multitudes who work together to make a difference in the world through Bookshare, a global asset we have built with joint efforts of education, technology, publishing, student, parent, and volunteer communities.

Benetech’s Framework for Developing New Social Enterprises

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In my contribution to Ron’s book, I discuss the framework that guides us at Benetech, the technology nonprofit I lead. When I first started pursuing the idea of using technology to solve challenging social problems, it was a pretty radical idea.

How False Conviction Could Help Science Centers Be More Human

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It’s not every day that a science center releases an ebook about wrongful conviction in rape and murder cases. This interview is not really about an ebook. Why are you using the iBooks platform? interview Technology Tools Worth Checking Out

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When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

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Matching Techies With Social Causes SocialCoding4Good began with the idea of building a sort of Match.com for tech volunteerism — an algorithmic platform that would match individual software developers to nonprofit organizations that were building open source software for socially good causes.

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112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

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It’s a platform to connect, to earn trust, and for even the most reluctant of supporters to discover just how much they want to be a part of your community. However, with the seemingly never ending supply of tools, platforms, and applications at marketers’ disposal, it’s necessary to prioritize based on the needs and preferences of your target audience. Have you considered your platform? It’s been quite the year.

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