Wednesday, November 30, 2011

eBook accessibility for the print impaired

from Brianne Carlon is a public relations specialist at OverDrive

eBooks can be “life changing for someone with not much money living in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.” And while we are busy spreading eBooks to the furthest areas of the globe, we’re also keenly aware of libraries’ and schools’ missions to help everybody, no matter his or her ability, to read. That is why OverDrive has an ongoing commitment to accessibility.

We understand that we must continue to find alternative ways to help people enjoy books, and as an example two years ago OverDrive developed a partnership with Bookshare, a non-profit that provides timely eBook access to individuals with print disabilities. The collaboration is now known as Library eBook Accessibility Program or LEAP.

LEAP provides print-disabled patrons with access to more than 125,000 popular print materials in digital formats, such as DAISY. Plus, titles in a variety of subjects are added every month.

For qualified LVCCLD patrons, OverDrive will fully fund a one-year membership to Bookshare, giving print-impaired patrons access to up to 20 accessible eBooks every month—all at no cost to the library or the patron! To sign-up for the service go to our eMedia Catalog and select Accessible eBooks for the print-impaired.

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