In his article “9 Reasons Why We All Need Accessible Ebooks,” Kevin Callahan makes some valid points. I’m sorry to admit it, but I’ve never given much thought to underserved populations, but I certainly will going forward. Thank you, Kevin, for shining a light on an important topic.
[excerpt] “Books want to be read. They don’t care who reads them, or what skills or challenges readers have. The more people curl up with a paperback or a Kindle or a browser, the better for all books.
But not every book is readable by every potential consumer. This is true of books in every format: all kinds of print, audiobooks, and ebooks.
Accessibility lets us make one book for all users. Instead of having the print edition and the braille edition and the large print edition and the audiobook, we can include everyone in our audience with one format: the ebook.
We want to be making books that can be read by anyone who wants to read them, wherever and however they want to read them.”
Who Benefits from Accessible Ebooks?
Read the entire article for nine benefits as well as additional resources.