Accessibility Issues

icon representing digital content issuesHere is information relating to accessibility issues of e-books and digital content in libraries.

E-Books for Education? Not so Fast... (June 2012) While we agree the potential is great, many e-book-related products currently available in the market are not usable by whole segments of the population. Individuals with certain disabilities often cannot use hardware-based and software-based e-book readers.

Free Library of Philadelphia Lawsuit Casts a Pall Over eReader Lending Programs Everywhere (May 5, 2012) Four visually impaired Philly residents filed suit this week against the Free Library of Philadelphia. They allege that the Free Library’s new Nook lending program, which is about to expand to cover 5 library branches, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because the Nook is not accessible to the blind (it has no audio support at all).

National Federation of the Blind Assists in Litigation Against Free Library of Philadelphia (May 2, 2012) With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit (case number: 12-2373) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are eligible.

Mainstream Access to E-Books--What Works, What Doesn’t, and What Is Still Unclear (January 2012)  E-books are an especially exciting development for print-disabled and blind readers because their properties make them ideal for finding alternative forms of access. When an e-book is presented in an accessible format on an accessible e-book reader, the user can choose to read the book using text-to-speech, Braille, or magnification.