The winners will be announced at the official Gala Dinner of the International Publishers Congress on December 4, 2024, during the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico.

“We are thrilled to host the WIPO ABC Excellence Awards at the International Publishers Congress in Guadalajara. This event will celebrate publishers and initiatives making significant strides in accessibility, and we hope to inspire more publishers to enhance their accessibility efforts,” said Mr. Hugo Setzer, President of the Mexican Publishers Association (CANIEM) and Past President of the International Publishers Association.

The selection panel, comprised of accessibility experts, will evaluate nominations based on several criteria:

  • Quantity of accessible format books available
  • Integration of accessibility standards into production systems
  • Collaboration with supply chain partners to maintain accessibility for end-users
  • Innovative practices advancing e-book and digital publication accessibility
  • Broad positive impact on individuals who are print-disabled
  • ABC encourages nominations from companies, organizations, or individuals in developing or least-developed countries.

The ABC International Excellence Award has a distinguished history, having been presented at prominent book fairs worldwide. Previous winners in the publisher category include Kogan Page (2022), Taylor & Francis Group (2021), and Macmillan Learning (2020). In the project initiative category, past winners include Mr. Ashoka Bandula Weerawardhana in Sri Lanka (2022) and the National Network for Equitable Library Service in Canada (2021).

To nominate, complete the application form (available in English, French, and Spanish) and submit it to by September 16, 2024.

For more information on the nomination process and to access the forms, visit WIPO ABC’s official website.