Deal makes content available globally to people with print disabilities
(Berlin / New York, 15 July 2013) Springer has signed an agreement to provide Bookshare, an international leader in providing people with visual impairments, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities access to copyrighted digital accessible books, with world rights to its titles. Springer is home to the world’s largest Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) eBook collection and published more than 7,500 book titles in 2012.
Springer is the first major STM publisher to commit to making its books accessible at this scale. By contributing digital files directly to Bookshare, students with disabilities to receive accessible books in a timely fashion and the cost of making these books available is reduced significantly.
Providing STM content in accessible formats is particularly difficult due to the highly graphical nature of the content. Digital files will be created in the EPUB2 file format which can be converted to specialized accessible formats such as DAISY. As a result of this agreement, Springer will deliver over 10,000 EPUB files to Bookshare, followed by thousands of new titles annually.
“We are proud to be the first STM publishers to be part of this initiative, which ensures that an even larger group of users will be able to access our content in an appropriate format, and hope that many more publishers will join this deserving cause,” said Peter Hendriks, Springer’s President of STM Global Publishing and Marketing.
The announcement is here.