5th European eAccessibility Forum
Benefits and costs of e-accessibility

28/03/2011, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 - Paris, France

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Being digital ­ creating win-win-situation for print disabled and publishers

Ronald Schild (Frankfurt am Main)
r.schild (at) mvb-online.de

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photo Ronald Shild

Ronald Schild (40) joined MVB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association in 2006. One of the key projects during his tenure as Managing Director was the successful launch of libreka!, the e-book platform of the German book trade. Before joining MVB Ronald Schild held various management positions in international media and IT companies. He holds degrees from University of Saarbrücken (Germany), Institut Commercial de Nancy (France) and University of Strathclyde (UK).



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The success of the ebook is revolutionizing the book industry. Publishing technologies and processes are undergoing massive changes. This presentation illustrates why structured content and standards are fast becoming the focus of publishers. This can create win-win-situations for both print disabled and publishers by increasing accessibility of content and thereby increasing publishers reach.

The publishing industry is undergoing revolutionary changes, probably the most important changes we have seen in the last 500 years. These changes are not merely reflected in the adoption of digital rather than analogue reading; the whole value chain of book production is affected. The new paradigm is a focus on very granular content which is managed independently of various output formats such as printed books, ebooks or audio books.

These developments dramatically change the ecosystem of content for the visually impaired. Traditionally, written content had often to be reproduced from scratch to satisfy the requirements of various levels of accessibility. Associated with a high level of cost and ressources, accessibility has often been out of scope and focus for many publishers. The very limited number of books in Braille or Large Print are a very clear indication for this lack of attention.

Technology is thouroughly reshaping this environment. Publishers are turning to new data management structures based on XML in order to manage granular content. EPUB is being widely adopted by the publishing industry. Its coming revision, EPUB 3.0, is compatible with DAISY. We assume that already in the medium term, every new book will be published in EPUB or subsequent formats and therefore accessible for the visually impaired.

Accessibility is not only a question of the content itself. Various aspects surrounding the content need to be taken into account such as the accessibility of the websites offering content, the limitations of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and many more. In this respect, further and even more intense lobbying is needed towards the publishing industry in order to make every book fully accessible.

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