The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats, such as braille, audio and large print, and make them available to visually impaired people.
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is a founding member of ABC and is committed to realizing a world where content is accessible to all persons with print disabilities.
Publishers have embraced the shift towards digital content, however this content is not always automatically accessible to millions of readers who have a visual impairment. Accessible publishing ensures that accessibility is a natural part of the production process resulting in content that is ‘born accessible’.
The ABC Publishers Charter
The IPA recognizes the opportunity that born accessible production presents for publishers and acknowledges that it is critical if we are to ensure that everyone in our society has equal access to important information. Therefore, the IPA is calling on all publishers to act today and sign up to the ABC’s Charter for Accessible Publishing.
The ABC complements the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. The Treaty compels WIPO member states to establish a copyright exception for visually impaired people, while allowing cross-border sharing of books in accessible formats.
The IPA co-established the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Blind Union (WBU), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and many other international stakeholders.
How to start accessible publishing
- A starter kit for accessible publishing in developing and least developed countries (PDF)
- Accessible Publishing Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers
- IPA Giude to the Marrakesh Treaty
- Other tools and online training are available from the ABC website