According to the World Blind Union, of the million or so books published each year in the world, less than 5 per cent are made available in formats accessible to visually impaired persons and a only 1% in developing countries.
As publishers and authors, you would have followed the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.
Today mostly accessible formats are available from re-publishers. The opportunity for Publishers and Authors is to provide the customers with the documents in the relevant formats. With the push towards EPUB 3, it is going to be easier to provide the same ebooks to different audiences including people with disabilities.
Publishers need to see the opportunity in ensuring that the accessibility standards be adhered to in the EPUB 3 productions and can also ensure how they can support the accessibility needs by providing formats like Daisy and Braille formats.
At BarrierBreak, we can support you to:
- Implement accessibility in PDFs and EPUB 3
- Create daisy files
- Generate braille files
- Develop tactile diagrams
Lets work towards making books more accessible and inclusive.