Can You Afford Not to Consider Accessible Publishing Practices?

Dave Gunn (Royal National Institute of Blind People)
General New York East
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)

Good news – life expectancy is increasing, with current projections suggesting the number of people over 80 years of age will more than double within the next 10 years. By 2050 the global “greying” population is on track to exceed 2 billion.

Bad news – as we age life can get a little more complicated. Currently 21% of people over 50 experience severe vision, hearing or dexterity problems, and that likelihood only increases with age.

Accessible publishing has existed for many years in the guise of narrated audio, large print and even braille production, but only recently have mainstream reading technologies made it possible to achieve equal access for people with disabilities of all ages with a single format, and in doing so extended the potential audience and market for your publications.

This presentation will:

  • investigate how people who can’t read printed text (for a number of reasons) currently gain access to them
  • reflect on the potential offered by eBooks, celebrating the joys of what’s technically possible, and discussing the current reality
  • touch on the legal responsibilities, and the associated business risks and incentives
  • offer practical advice to people constructing or outsourcing eBook creation, covering the simple steps they can take to make their digital publications more accessible.
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Dave Gunn

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Dave Gunn is an accessible information expert from RNIB (the Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK), leading work to influence the development of standards and guidelines to improve access to electronic publications. Dave is on the IDPF EPUB 3.0 working group, and is Chair of the UK Association for Accessible Formats Electronic Documents Subject Area.

RNIB is the UK’s leading blindness charity which works for the benefit of blind, partially sighted and print impaired people in the UK and for worldwide benefit. As a founding member of the DAISY Consortium, the Global Right to Read Alliance, and an active member of the World Blind Union, RNIB’s work benefits people who are print impaired worldwide.

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Kassia Krozser
02/18/2011 6:48pm EST

Really appreciated this session—it’s a passion of mine (and just good business).

  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Aptara
  • Bowker
  • Connotate
  • HP
  • Jouve North America
  • LibreDigital
  • Malloy
  • MarkLogic
  • Random House, Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Baker & Taylor
  • The BookMasters Group
  • Constellation
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Mashery
  • Silverchair
  • Wolfram
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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