by Ronald E. Milliman

Yes, you read that correctly: we want to give you a brand-new BookSense compliments of GW Micro! Who are we? We are the ACB Monthly Monetary Support (MMS) Program Committee. All you have to do to be eligible to be the proud recipient of this standard BookSense from GW Micro is to: - Become a participant in the MMS Program any time since the end of our 2009 national convention through the end of our next conference and convention, or

- If you have already been a participant, just increase the amount of your contribution by at least $5 per month any time since the end of our last convention through the end of our next one coming up this summer in Phoenix.

If you meet either one of these two conditions, your name will be placed in a drawing for a new BookSense. The winner will be announced shortly after our 2010 conference and convention.

What is a BookSense?

The new GW Micro portable digital audio book player, BookSense, allows people to access information for education, information, and entertainment. Students can access school textbooks, people in the workplace can stay current with journals or business magazines, and anyone can enjoy newspapers, favorite novels, a bestseller, and even their favorite music. BookSense has a comfortable feel when held in your hand, and is very easy to use. It weighs only four ounces and easily fits into a shirt pocket, backpack, or purse, so you can take it anywhere.

The standard BookSense plays audio files, DAISY content, and reads documents. Secured Digital (SD) memory card slot and built-in digital recorder are all standard features on the BookSense. The media player supports a variety of formats, such as MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WAX, M4A, WMA, and Audible. You can use the media player to listen to your favorite music collections, including music downloaded from Apple iTunes.

With the BookSense, you can access digital talking books from providers such as the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), BookShare, Audible, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D). The document reader on the BookSense supports several file formats, including text, RTF, Word, docx, HTML, XML, braille, and braille-ready files. You can use this feature to read your Microsoft Word documents, including Word 2003 and Word 2007. The BookSense is the ideal tool for classroom teachers, students, business professionals, and anyone who enjoys reading and listening to music.

So, if you are not already a participant in the ACB Monthly Monetary Support Program, you need to become a contributor right now! If you are already a participant, you need to increase your monthly contributions by at least $5 a month as soon as possible! Get your name in the drawing for this incredible BookSense. You can become a participant by going to www.acb.org and clicking on the link called "Monthly Monetary Support program." You may also sign up by contacting our Minnesota office at 1-800-866-3242 and ask for Alisha Clausen, or you can contact me, Dr. Ron Milliman, at (270) 782-9325 or by e-mail at [email protected] If you do not know what the MMS program is, I will be glad to give you all the details and help you complete the simple form that needs to be filled out to become a participant. It is an easy way of supporting our great organization!

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