The London Book Fair saw the announcement of the Accessible Books Consortium’s 2018 International Excellence Awards with Hachette Livre, France and Daisy Forum, India picking up the prizes.
Luc Audrain, Head of Digitization at Hachette Livre, was in London to pick up the Publisher Award for Hachette’s implementation of “born accessible” production processes in the EPUB3 format as well as ensuring all its trade publications are tested for accessibility.
The Project Award went to Daisy Forum, India. Mr Dipendra Manocha was in London to collect the award for the network’s efforts which include the launch of India’s largest collection of online books, Sugamya Pustakalay.
Mr Audrain joined last year’s ABC International Excellence Award winner, Huw Alexander of Sage Publishing in the UK PA’s London Book Fair seminar on Accessible Publishing Strategies for Success. The session included fascinating case studies on how publishers can integrate accessibility into their work flows as well as presentations of emerging technology solutions and tools to assist publishers in their efforts.
The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) was launched in June 2014 and is an alliance led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It involves advocacy organizations, authors, collective management organizations, libraries for the blind, publishers, and standards bodies. The IPA is represented with a permanent seat on the board.
ABC aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats – such as Braille, audio and large print – and to make them available to people who are print disabled.