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The Accessible Books Consortium

Ensure your books are readable by everyone

A note from Alicia Wise, Director of Access and Policy at Elsevier
Hundreds of millions of people living today have a print disability – a challenge such as dyslexia or blindness which makes it difficult or impossible to read traditional text. More than 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired, according to 2014 estimates by the World Health Organization. And about one in 10 people have dyslexia – you can get an idea of what a challenge this is for them by having a look at a dyslexia simulator!
What do these people want to read? Everything! And there are some simple steps you can take to make it possible for them to read your books too. The Accessible Books Consortium exists to help you, and is a partnership of advocacy groups, librarians, and publishers convened under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Some quick tips to get you started:
1Show you care – consider signing the Charter for Accessible Publishing
3Participate in the ABC Book Exchange – tell specialist libraries for the blind that it’s ok for them to share accessible versions of your books with one another by participating in TIGAR
Stay informed and inspired by following @ABCbooks4all on twitter. Thank you for ensuring everyone can enjoy your books!