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APACE. An online meet-up about creating and producing accessible e-books


The APACE network supports European publishers in their efforts to create born accessible digital publications. In order to uncover possible challenges and discuss possible solutions, we are organizing a number of online and in person events. We would like to invite you to join us for the first online meet-up:

Accessible e-books: creation and production

Tuesday 18 June 2024

14.00 – 16.00h (CET)

Zoom-meeting. Limited number of places available.

This online session offers the opportunity to bring forward your questions, challenges and solutions you have when it comes to creating and producing born accessible e-books. Topics that will be discussed are for instance accessibility requirements, strategy, tools and procedures. The discussions will be in English.

The APACE project will use the outcome of this meet-up to set up a range of events like training courses, awareness events and ask-the-expert sessions.

This meet-up especially interesting for professionals in the publishing industry (e.g. writers, editors, publishers, graphic designers), professionals working with libraries serving persons with a print impairment and persons with a print impairment themselves.

Program of the meet-up

As an introduction to the topic Julia Schengber will be interviewed. Julia is a Project Manager in the production department at Rowohlt, a trade publisher in Germany that publishes fiction and non-fiction. She is also a member of the Accessibility Taskforce at Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. Following this introduction, you can participate in one of two break-out sessions:

  • Policy, content creation and design
  • Production, development and technology

In the registration form you can choose which session you want to join. Feel free to pass this invitation on to others who might be interested in one of these sessions.

Join us in this meet-up:

Register for APACE Meet-up

There is a limited number of places available to participate.

About the APACE project

This meet-up is carried out within the APACE project – Accelerating Publishing Accessibility Through Collaboration in Europe.

The timing of APACE is harmonized with the arrival of the European Accessibility Act, which from June 2025 will require publishers and other economic operators to adopt accessibility standards on digital publications.

The APACE network consists of the publishers associations in Germany, Italy and Bulgaria and three specialized organisations serving persons with a print impairment from Finland, Lithuania and the Netherlands.

APACE is coordinated by Fondazione LIA (Italy), partners are: Associazione Italiana Editori (Italy), Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (Germany), Asotziatzia Bulgarska Kniga (Bulgaria), Stichting Dedicon (the Netherlands), Accessibility Library Celia (Finland) and Lithuanian Audiosensory Library (Lithuania).

More information about the APACE project can be found on the dedicated page in this website