eReaders aren’t designed with accessibility in mind. Ken Petri, Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, contributed a chapter about eBook accessibility to the forthcoming No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Ebooks title from ALA Editions. Due to the need for currency of this topic, Ken has posted some material on a website. This information includes:
- Functional criteria for e-book accessibility — what attributes an e-book reader platform needs in order to be accessible to users with disabilities.
- An overview of common e-book reader accessibility — a limited and partial glance at the landscape of e-book readers, installed, web-based, and integrated with a device.
- Coming soon: A comparative chart of eReaders and accessibility criteria
Ken was interviewed by No Shelf Required back in October of 2010. The post about the interview contains links to many resources.