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 strongly encourage you to download the file before listening due to it’s size. Ken provided us with a great list of resources for various aspects of eBook accessibility, which are below. Thanks Ken!
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 costs, and the new SONY reader library program.
Departments of Education and Justice Announce Continuing Commitment to Accessible Technology for All Students | U.S. Department of Education
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 Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the two departments share responsibility for protecting the rights of college and university students with disabilities. These landmark laws bar institutions of higher education from requiring the use of technology that is inaccessible to individuals with disabilities, unless the institutions provide accommodations or modifications that would permit an individual with a disability to use the technology in an equally effective manner. Continue reading
Here’s a link to the letter sent to the DOJ from the Exec Dir’s of ALA/ACRL/ARL on December 15th, outlining concerns of pricing and the lack of academic representation on the Registry Board.
And another link for the NY Law School document outlining the objections and responses in the amended settlement.
Now bookmarked in my delicious account:
Three kinds of e-book illegals: Felix Torres tutorial for NYT columnist Randall Stross and publishers
Library Groups: DOJ Filing “Completely” Changed Landscape for Google Settlement – 9/30/2009 – Library Journal
Lots of news and blog sites are reporting on the Dept. of Justice response to the Google Book Settlement.
Teleread has a simple summary, referring folks to the 32 page DOJ official response, Resource Shelf summarizes a variety of news sources, and for a simple overview, see the DOJ Press Release. The DOJ suggests the parties involved consider several changes to the agreement including:
- imposing limitations on the most open-ended provisions for future licensing,
- eliminating potential conflicts among class members,
- providing additional protections for unknown rights holders,
- addressing the concerns of foreign authors and publishers,
- eliminating the joint-pricing mechanisms among publishers and authors, and,
- whatever the settlement’s ultimate scope, providing some mechanism by which Google’s competitors can gain comparable access.
I’ve marked the following articles in my delicious account, which are also listed on the NSR home page.
Random House, other pubs miserly toward IDPF/ePub, but new e-readers and Sigil editor show there’s hope
Blackwell and Ingram sign ebook deal; Credo partnering with SAGE; Publishing Technology aligning with Serials Solutions and more – 8/6/2009 – Library Journal
Library Organizations Urge DoJ To Take Proactive Role in Google Book Search Settlement – 8/6/2009 – Library Journal
Posting on behalf of Peter Murray, OhioLINK, full post at: http://dltj.org/article/gbs-summary/
Today was to be the deadline for objecting to, opting out of, and/or filing briefs with the court on the Google Book Search Settlement. That was the plan, at least, when the preliminary approval statement from the court was issued last year. That deadline changed, and that is part of a recent flurry of activity surrounding the proposed Settlement. In honor of the original deadline, this e-mail provides a summary of recent news and an index of documents that you might want to read for more information. Continue reading