Access to Copyrighted Works by Print Impaired Persons (Publishers Association, December 2016) describes the current legal situation in the UK regarding print impaired people and provides an overview of existing legislation, including Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014 and changes expected after the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty of 2013, as well as suggestions for good practice. Please read this with Copyright Changes, Disability Exceptions & Library Practice.
Copyright Changes, Disability Exceptions & Library Practice (October 2015) explains copyright exceptions relevant to learning providers and clarifies the use of copyright exceptions to support print-disabled learners. This guidance should help publishers make sure licences are up to date, and lessen confusion about 'intermediate copies'. It should be read with the PA Guide to Copyright Exceptions.
Guide to Copyright Exceptions (Publishers Association, February 2015) covers recent reforms to the copyright exception to facilitate the supply of accessible copies of copyright works and the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which have resulted in considerable changes for print disabled people and publishers. Launched by the PA and its Accessibility Action Group, the paper explains who is entitled to benefit from these changes, what copies can be made and the obligations have publishers have to facilitate such copying.
Statutory Instrument on Disability - UK (UK Government, 1 June 2014). Reforms to copyright law came into force on 1 June 2014 that disabled people and disability groups to make accessible copies of copyright material (eg music, film, books) when no commercial alternative exists.
Accessible Books Consortium
The Enabling Technologies Framework, now the Inclusive Publishing Project, offers best practice guidelines for publishers to follow which are now available in several languages from the ABC website, along with training resources developed in support.
The ABC Starter Kit for Developing Countries, published by the Accessible Books Consortium, gives stakeholders in developing countries information on how to increase the number of books for those who have sight loss or print disability. It is designed for a range of stakeholders including commercial publishers, NGOs, Departments of Education, libraries, schools, universities and book distributors/sellers.
The ABC/IAF Accessible eBook Guidelines for Self-Publishing Authors introduces the key terms and concepts in ebook accessibility; gives an understanding of how people with print disabilities can read ebooks; outlines how to create a manuscript which supports accessibility; looks at accessibility in the major print formats; explores how primary self-publishing retailers support accessibility; and illustrates some of the challenges in accessible ebook publishing.
Book Industry Study Group
The BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing gives a model for best practice in creating accessible digital content for those who live with disabilities, in compliance with international standards, while illustrating why this is a good business practice that will positively impact publishers' and their partners' bottom line. The Guide is available in EPUB3 format and explains why and how to create, distribute and display digital content.
Royal National Institute for the Blind
RNIB provides regularly updated advice and technical guidance for publishers, and information about eBooks and accessibility; please contact PublisherAdvice@rnib.org.uk for the latest versions. There's a wonderful short video on YouTube of people with sight problems talking about the joys (and some of the frustrations) of reading e-books. With the Right to Read Alliance, RNIB has also produced Can everyone use your e-book reader? which outlines the features an e-book reader (device or app) should have in order for it to be accessible to someone with a print disability.