Accessible Digital Books and Export

Join us for a webinar outlining the major elements of the European Accessibility Act (EAA) as it relates to Canadian book exports, hosted by accessible publishing experts from Fondazione LIA.

The European Accessibility Act establishes accessibility requirements across all EU member countries for numerous products and services, including e-books and e-book reading systems. With Canada as the Guest of Honour country at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2021, Canadian publishers are poised to deepen their presence in book markets throughout the European Union and can thus benefit from learning about these accessibility requirements and their implications for the industry ahead of the EAA implementation in 2025.

Designed to provide concrete information to book industry stakeholders on best practices in accessible digital publishing in the EU, this webinar will provide:

  • a detailed overview of the EAA Directive and its obligations;
  • a description of the role to be played by each actor in the e-book production and distribution value chain;
  • information about the required accessibility standards for the publishing industry;
  • tips for international actors willing to offer their e-books services and their reading devices in the EU on how to prepare to implement the requirements of this new legislation.

This practical, hands-on webinar will provide Canadian publishers with the knowledge needed to navigate the opportunities and challenges presented by the EAA.

A bilingual report on the same topic will be published in early 2021.

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Cristina Mussinelli, Elisa Molinari and Gregorio Pellegrino work at Fondazione LIA, a non-profit organization that promotes the culture of accessibility in the publishing field. Its goal is to allow print impaired readers to choose how, when and, above all, what to read, thus fostering social integration and active participation in the world of culture, school and work. To achieve this objective, Fondazione LIA carries out research and development activities in the field of digital accessibility, organizes awareness-raising events, offers training courses and consulting activities and is part of an international network of organizations dealing with accessibility of contents. Set up in 2014 by the Italian Publishers Association, since its foundation it has also been able to count on the collaboration of the Italian Blind and Visually Impaired Union (UICI) which has become an institutional member in November 2017.