I’m very pleased to see this announcement about De Gruyter title availability in ePub3 format. This is a great step forward and I hope other publishers will follow. ePub3 formats are particularly good with dynamic adjustment of content for screen size, not to mention web accessibility.
Berlin, 28 May 2014 – De Gruyter is proud to announce that all of its frontlist titles are now available in the ePub3 format. Alongside the PDF format, ePub is one of the most widely used eBook standards, enabling the mobile viewing of content on tablets, smartphones, and eReaders. Continue reading
This is big news for EPUB3 adoption – accelerated across-the-board adoption. I hope they are successful, this will be a great service for those with disabilities. More from the AAP press release:
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 | Ed McCoyd, Andi Sporkin
The Association of American Publishers supports the establishment of EPUB 3 as the standard global distribution format for eBooks and has embarked on a new initiative designed to rapidly advance the format’s implementation in the marketplace.
The EPUB 3 Implementation Project is being developed in a partnership with retailers, digital content distributors, device makers, reading systems providers, assistive technology experts and standards organizations, with the support and engagement of leading advocates for people with disabilities. Continue reading
Last week I spoke with Rachel Gut, the Outreach Service Manager at the Dayton Metro Library. Rachel and her colleagues launched an eReader lending program for homebound patrons. The program started due to the lack of large print titles. Rachel offers an overview of the program, details on the readers, and suggestions for funding.
Interview with Rachel Gut
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Rachel’s interview and over 50 others are available on the No Shelf Required interviews page.
The following are my notes from the presentation – Born accessible: making e-books fully inclusive from day one – held during the NISO- The E-Book Renaissance Part II: Challenges and Opportunities. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
- Larry Goldberg, Director, Media Access Group Director at WGBH
- Geoff Freed, Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
An accessible ebook is not one that just reads the book. It must contain structure, a clear and easy way to navigate the content if you cannot see the screen. Software on the device must speak the screen for you. A screen reader only reads text.
An accessible ebook needs to read structure too like navigation tools (TOC, tables, lists), seek and find, investigate objects and read in a specific order. It needs to allow the user to control the content as well Continue reading
The Handheld Librarian 7 conference will be held virtually next Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th. On day two, a 2-hour workshop on the state of the eReader is available. More information is below:
State of the eReader: This featured workshop will focus on the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of eReaders. The goal is to give librarians and library staff the broad info they need to help patrons access and manage mobile digital content. Discussion will include examples of effective eReader use in a variety of libraries and tips on creating accessible eBook and eReader collections.
Moderator: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries
Congratulations to Baker & Taylor!
National Federation of the Blind Honors Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 Digital Media Platform – Says company offers ‘industry-leading example’ in making
digital media available with Axis 360 platform –
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 25, 2012 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, is honored to announce that it has won a prestigious award from the National Federation of the Blind for making ebooks available to blind individuals through the groundbreaking Axis 360 digital media platform, which includes the Blio ereader. Continue reading
Glad to see more vendors making accommodations for visually-impaired users. From a Baker & Taylor press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – May 22, 2012 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, today announced an important new release of its Axis 360 digital media platform that allows visually-impaired ebook users to have full access and use of their library’s digital collections. Continue reading
Read this news on a Teleread post from last week. Libraries who are lending eReaders, what are you doing to accommodate visually impaired patrons? Are you purchasing audiobooks or another type of device that allows text-to-speech functionality? Is that an acceptable solution for the NFB, to have the same content but in a different format?
Here’s more from the press release:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 2, 2012): With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit (case number: 12-2373) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are eligible. Continue reading
March 12, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA – Bookshare, the global leader in providing digital accessible books to people with print disabilities, today announced its 10th anniversary. Throughout the last ten years, Bookshare has been at the forefront of the digital book revolution, applying Silicon Valley technology to pioneer an innovative new approach to a library for individuals with print disabilities.
Jim Fruchterman, the CEO and founder of the nonprofit Benetech, the parent organization of Bookshare, envisioned a library of eBooks formed by volunteers digitizing and legally sharing them over the Internet with others with qualified print disabilities (such as blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, or severe learning disabilities). A former rocket scientist and 2006 MacArthur Fellow, Fruchterman acted on his vision and launched Bookshare, introducing an innovative new approach to reading for an underserved population. Continue reading