Entries Tagged as 'Accessibility'

TOC – Accessible Publishing Practices

February 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Can you afford not to consider accessible publishing practices?, presented by Dave Gunn, Royal National Institute of Blind People. Dave commented on how TOC last year had no mention of disabilities and was appreciative of the discussions already happening this year.  More info on accessible publishing here:  rnib.org.uk/ebookguidance Dave provided an overview of accessibility and […]

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Tags: Accessibility · Conferences/Events

Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview.  It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · Publishing

Gale Launches Biography In Context

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

From the Booklist Points of Reference blog: Gale  announced yesterday the availability of Biography in Context, a new next-gen resource evolving from, and soon replacing, the Biography Resource Center database. Biography in Context includes the following: Read Speaker text-to-speech technology, available on every page, is an ideal option for struggling readers and the visually impaired […]

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Tags: Accessibility · Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · School Libraries · Vendor News

O’Reilly Media offers DAISY formats in ebook bundles

September 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

From an O’Reilly Media press release: For years O’Reilly Media has supplied digital files of our books to Bookshare, a non-profit that provides accessible reading material to the print disabled. For qualifying readers, these ebooks are made available worldwide. And now, through a collaboration with Bookshare, we’ve started making the easy-access DAISY (Digital Accessible Information […]

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Tags: Accessibility · Audio Books · DRM · EPUB · Formats · New Products · Press Releases · Publishing · Vendor News

New Kindle Gets Thumbs Up from National Federation of the Blind

August 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

Flashback to fall 2009 and the pilot textbook study with the Kindle DX on 4 college campuses.  Result…failure due to law suit from the National Federation of the Blind.  The device, not accessible.  Luckily Amazon learned from this mistake and went back to development, producing their new Kindle with a voice guide that reads all […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Ebook Readers · New Products · Press Releases · Textbooks · Vendor News

New Articles of Interest

July 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Each week the number of blog posts and articles relating to eBooks, publishing, and eReaders is on the rise.  This week was no exception.  Articles I am linking to focus on the use of readers in elementary schools and higher ed and how fast/slow reading is on devices, future of publishing and business models, textbook […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Library News · Mobile Devices · New Products · Print on demand · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

Depts. of Education and Justice rule on Accessible Reading Devices

July 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

This posting is taken in full from a U.S. Dept. of Education Press Release. Today, the Departments of Justice and Education announced the publication of a joint ‘Dear Colleague’ letter reaffirming the agencies’ commitment to ensuring students with disabilities have equal access to emerging technologies in institutions of higher education. Under the Americans with Disabilities […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Press Releases · Publishing · Textbooks

Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf

May 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students. Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource.  The […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Textbooks · Vendor News

Baker & Taylor partners with K-NFB

October 15th, 2009 · Comments Off

Lots of great press releases this week from the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Here’s one from B&T. Baker & Taylor and K-NFB Reading Technology Partnership to Deliver an Immersive, Next Generation Reading Experience, Baker & Taylor, Inc( 10/14/2009 ) World’s Premier Distributor of Physical and Digital Media Content Joins Forces with Pioneer in Reading Technologies FRANKFURT, […]

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Tags: Accessibility · Ebook Readers · Press Releases · Vendor News

Kindle DX – Text to Speech

May 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments

An abledbody news article last week discusses the new Kindle DX and it’s text-to-speech program that will read a book aloud.  According to the abledbody article, the Kindle does not go far enough to provide an accessible player to persons with disabilities.  The eBook menus and controls are not audio accessible, limiting access to those […]

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Tags: Accessibility · Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Textbooks · Vendor News