Accessible Books Consortium

Inclusive Publishing

The Inclusive Publishing project (formally the ‘Enabling Technologies Framework’) aims to promote publishing processes through which publishers deliver "born accessible" publications that are fully accessible to all readers, including people with print disabilities.

Properly engineered publishing processes should be able to yield digital products that can be used effectively by every member of society.

The fundamental usability of digital publications should meet equally the needs of sighted users and persons with print disabilities. Our target is for the same product to be usable by everybody.

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The Accessible Books Consortium promotes publishing processes which deliver "born accessible" publications (Photo: iStockphoto)

What we are doing

Charter for Accessible Publishing

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a sponsor of the Charter for Accessible Publishing, which publishers of all kinds will be invited to sign.

The Charter contains fundamental principles that publishers will be required to adhere to with the aim of making their e-books and other digital publications accessible to persons with print disabilities.

Also available in:

French PDF, Charter in French | Italian PDF, Charter in Italian | Spanish PDF, Charter in French | Portuguese PDF, Charter in Portuguese

Accessibility guidelines

Books for All Starter Kit

The ABC Books for All Starter Kit for Accessible Publishing in Developing and Least Developed Countries PDF, ABC Books for All Starter Kit provides information on how to increase the number of books in accessible formats at the national level. It is designed for key stakeholders such as NGOs representing or serving people who are print disabled, departments of education, and publishers in developing and least-developed countries (LDCs). The Starter Kit focuses both on how to establish a national “books for all” strategy as well as on the various technologies and procedures to produce works in accessible formats.

The Starter Kit was written by the DAISY Consortium and the Centre for Internet and Society, India, with funding from the Government of Australia.

Accessibility guidelines for self-publishing authors

ABC and the International Authors Forum have produced Accessible eBook Guidelines for Self-Publishing Authors PDF, Accessibility guidelines for self-publishing authors, written by accessibility expert Dave Gunn. These guidelines describe how people with print disabilities like sight loss or dyslexia use technology to read eBooks, as well as the steps authors can take to ensure their books are compatible with that technology.

Best practice guidelines for publishers

The guidelines document Accessible Publishing, Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers was produced by EDitEUR with funding from WIPO. The guidelines are available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Online training modules

The 30 minute training modules below, produced by EDitEUR with WIPO funding, are designed to help publishers understand the accessibility needs of persons with print disabilities. 

The information enables publishers to better understand their audience and to reach more readers than ever before. It helps publishers in a range of different roles make adjustments to their business and workflow processes in order to benefit all readers and increase business opportunities.

Conversion tool

The DAISY Consortium, with partial funding from WIPO, has developed an open source cross-platform conversion tool for software developers to create applications that can be used for the production of content in accessible formats.