Category Archives: Accessibility

De Gruyter introduces ePub3 format for all titles

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

AAP supports EPUB3, new initiative accelerates adoption

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

Readium Open Source Initiative Launched to Accelerate Adoption of EPUB 3

ACCESS, Adobe, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Google, Kobo/Rakuten, O’Reilly, Samsung, Sony, others support project to advance universal digital publishing format

New York, NY, February 13, 2012 -The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the Readium Project, a new open source initiative to develop a comprehensive reference implementation of the IDPF EPUB® 3 standard. This vision will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine. Continue reading

Delivering eReaders to homebound patrons, an interview with Rachel Gut from the Dayton Metro Library

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.

Creating Accessible E-books: Summary of NISO program

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.

Presenters:

  • 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

Handheld Librarian 7 Workshop: State of the eReader

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.

Panelists:

Moderator:  Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 wins accessibility award from the NFB

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

Axis 360 new release fully accessible for visually-impaired users

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

National Federation for the Blind sues over library eReader lending program

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

Bookshare celebrates 10 years of providing eBooks to those with print disabilities

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