Vaasippom, the online portal involved in creating a centralised system of electronic learning materials in Tamil for visually impaired users, has handed over the digital copy of ‘The Best 100 Tamil Novels’ curated by Sahitya Academy award winner S. Ramakrishnan, to the District Central Library.District Library Officer, A. P. Sivakumar who received the first digital copy on Sunday said it will be kept at the Braille section of the District Central Library for use.Vaasipom started in 2017 on a membership basis, is accessible to the visually impaired. Mr.S. Ravikumar, founder, Vaasipom, said he set up the portal after noticing that most Braille content available online was in English. “We wanted to help people access quality material in Tamil and through Vaasipom have been able to convert nearly 300 books to either audiobooks or e-books which can be read through Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a special text-to-speech software,” he said.
“Sahitya Academi award winner S. Ramakrishnan had curated a special list of 100 must-read novels in Tamil which was put up on his website a few years ago. Using that as a guide, we set out to make our collection,” he said."If converting it to audio format is hard, finding some of the copies were harder, says Mr. Ravikumar. “We scoured book fairs, libraries across the State to find some copies,” he added.
A copy of the collection is available at the Braille section of the District Central Library. It can also be accessed on a href.
(source : The Hindu)