Frankfurt Book Fair and Technische Universität Darmstadt have teamed up on accessibility studies, and France’s ‘Literary Season for All’ is bigger than ever, in its sixth year.
For an impressive sixth time, the annotation technologies company Hypothes.is has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation. And the US Senate has approved the Marrakesh Treaty, Its next stop: the House of Representatives.
Telling US Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee that the alternative is discrimination against readers with disabilities, Allan Adler conveys to the the Hill the Association of American Publishers’ readiness to support ratification and implementation of The Marrakesh Treaty.
Still requiring passage and the president’s signature to pass into US law, the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act now has been introduced with a level of bipartisan support rare in this age of political rancor.
Sixty-five French publishers are releasing accessible editions their ‘rentrée littéraire’ titles. English PEN’s ‘Translates’ awards include translator-led books.
The Ara program from the Kalimat Foundation in the United Arab Emirates is working to make reading accessible to sight-impaired children in the Gulf region.
With the Marrakesh Treaty ratified by the requisite number of nations, a guide to its background and provisions is available now from the IPA.
Even as some in publishing seem resistant to the educational benefits of text-to-speech, proponents like ReadSpeaker say the technology is getting stronger.
Under the Marrakesh Treaty, libraries and other institutions serving blind readers do not have to seek rightsholders’ permission to share accessible formats of copyrighted works.
Initially signed by 75 nations three years ago, the Marrakesh Treaty ‘to cure the book famine’ for visually impaired readers will come into force September 30: its requisite 20 ratifications now are in place.