E-Books for all: towards an accessible publishing ecosystem

The new legislative framework, the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty and the recently approved European Directive on the accessibility requirements for products and services (European Accessibility Act), invites the entire digital publishing industry to become accessible to people with disabilities.
The standards used to create, distribute and describe accessible content to end users are available, but, so far, they are not fully adopted by the industry. It seems the right time to start discussing on how to implement an Accessible Digital Publishing Ecosystem.
This whitepaper aims to be an agile manual, providing an overview of the different aspects involved, for all the players in the book value chain: content producers, aggregators and digital distributors, Books in Print catalogue producers and other providers of bibliographic data to the digital book supply chain, online bookstores and platforms, developers of reading solutions. It identifies the role each actor may play in the accessible digital publishing ecosystem, describes the critical elements to be considered and provides the relevant references to the international standard accessibility specifications or guidelines to be followed.

Cover of the white paper E-books for all

The paper consists of 3 chapters including:

  • The new legislative framework
  • An accessible digital publishing ecosystem
  • Metadata standards for accessibility
  • And more!

This document is published by Fondazione LIA as a Draft for Public Pre-Publication Review. Comments or suggestions can be sent to segreteria@fondazionelia.org.

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