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The E-Book revolution          A partnership approach to       Solving the Book       FamineStephen KingPresident, DAISY C...
WBU Right to Read    "We want the right to read          the same book,at the same time, price and place,         as every...
The reality ofAccessible publication availability         A Book Famine       Less than 5% of books are                ava...
People with disabilities say they want:• To easily find publications I can read• Far better availability of Braille & talk...
What do authors and publishers want?We want:                          Give us:• To reach a wider audience,      • Open sta...
What do Governments want?• Access to information and education as required  by the UN convention on the rights of people  ...
Everybody  wants InclusivePublishing.              7
So how do we    deliver  Inclusive Publishing?               8
The opportunity:  The e-book revolution"People with print disabilities in UK  are increasingly able to enjoy the  same boo...
E-book revolution: We can make                     progressToday    – 7% of all books available in UK accessible by eyes, ...
Still much to do… Many publishing     and reading problems still to                solve
E-book revolution provides the            opportunity• Publishing industry is under massive change.• Disruptive technology...
How do we grasp this opportunity?• We must Build in inclusiveness (Not retro-fit)• Built-in inclusive publishing will cost...
A Global partnershipSolving the book famine
A partnership programme               working together           to solve the book famine•   World Blind Union members•   ...
The DAISY ConsortiumOur Vision• People have equal access to information and  knowledge, regardless of disabilitiesOur Miss...
How do we makepublishing Inclusive?   To help us we need some common language                        17
Definitions: Built-in accessibility           A mainstream publication,        usable directly by people reading         w...
Though accessible to who?
Definitions: Customised for               accessibility                A separate version          of a mainstream publica...
Definitions: Inclusive Publishing    The total process, from author to reader.             Designed to embrace all. There ...
Inclusive publishing            A new model for 21st Century• Publishers are re-designing workflows to  produce print and ...
How Publishing works, today                                                           How we                  How we publi...
The consequencesDisabled people get• A fraction of the mainstream• Delivered late Inefficient for everybody• Additional co...
What would inclusive publishing look like?                           How we publish                      How we read      ...
A publication which looks like….An EPUB 3 publication, with  – Great navigation  – Integrated human narration  – Pictorial...
We need a strategic approach1. Deliver more mainstream publications with built-in   accessibility: Reducing the need for c...
More publications with built=in accessibility:   Reducing the need for custom re-publication     How we publish           ...
Improve the efficiency of customised            publication & distribution.           How we publish                How we...
Anticipate customisation when originally          published.           How we publish                How we read    Origin...
Partnership with the Publishing Tools Creators                       How we publish                              How we re...
…and Reading Technology Industries                       How we publish                              How we readStandards:...
Standards are the key enabler, that the whole                         industry needs                        How we publish...
Working with law makers and copyright bodies                        How we publish                               How we re...
Support disabled people to gain the skills,confidence and technologies they need• Collective action to lower cost of key c...
Our goal is confident readers
Strategic approach to inclusion1. Deliver more mainstream publications with built -in   accessibility: Reducing the need f...
Conclusion• Inclusive publishing is possible• Now is the time                                                 x           ...
Partnership            solving the book famine•   World Blind Union members•   Authors’ organisations•   WIPO•   Publisher...
Together we canSolve the book famine
Solving the Book             Famine             A global partnership                      Thank you!                   Ste...
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Stephen King's (President of the DAISY Consortium) presentation at the 2012 IFLA World Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland (August 13, 2012).

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  • The e-Book Revolution: people with print disabilities are increasingly able to enjoy the same book at the same price and place as everyone else. How is this happening?
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
  • FIRST, set the context Build up the story of the value chain, from the user backwards.
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    1. 1. The E-Book revolution A partnership approach to Solving the Book FamineStephen KingPresident, DAISY ConsortiumRoyal National Instituteof Blind People, UK
    2. 2. WBU Right to Read "We want the right to read the same book,at the same time, price and place, as everyone else"
    3. 3. The reality ofAccessible publication availability A Book Famine Less than 5% of books are available in any accessible format 3
    4. 4. People with disabilities say they want:• To easily find publications I can read• Far better availability of Braille & talking books• More publications with accessibility built in• A great reading experience with eyes, ears or fingers.• Affordable & easy to use reading technologies
    5. 5. What do authors and publishers want?We want: Give us:• To reach a wider audience, • Open standards and regardless of disability. technology.• To create publications that • Inclusive ways to write benefit everyone. and publish.• To comply with inclusion • Routes to market legislation (especially • A better reading employers and in education) experience for all.• Avoid costly burdens Reduce the barriers to the creation and production of affordable, accessible, publications 5
    6. 6. What do Governments want?• Access to information and education as required by the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities (UNCRPWD)• Inclusive Laws & partnerships that deliver: – Inclusive Society – Inclusive Education• Effective use of our funds 6
    7. 7. Everybody wants InclusivePublishing. 7
    8. 8. So how do we deliver Inclusive Publishing? 8
    9. 9. The opportunity: The e-book revolution"People with print disabilities in UK are increasingly able to enjoy the same book, at the same price and place, as everyone else...” Stephen King RNIB UK May 2011 Helsinki 9
    10. 10. E-book revolution: We can make progressToday – 7% of all books available in UK accessible by eyes, ears & fingers, 2011. (Up from 5% in 2004) – 76% of top 1000 books sold in 2011 are e-books, readable by eyes, ears & fingers. (Up from 54% 2010)Still many barriers – user skills & knowledge; – cost of technology & DRM – not a great reading experience Availability of accessible publications: 2011 Update, Report to RNIB, Helen Greenwood, Sonya White and Claire Creaser, October 2011 www.rnib.org.uk/professionals/solutionsforbusiness/publishing/Pages/publishing_industry.aspx 10
    11. 11. Still much to do… Many publishing and reading problems still to solve
    12. 12. E-book revolution provides the opportunity• Publishing industry is under massive change.• Disruptive technology, not yet matured• This is THE opportunity to re-engineer the publishing industry, as an inclusive industry But how? 12
    13. 13. How do we grasp this opportunity?• We must Build in inclusiveness (Not retro-fit)• Built-in inclusive publishing will cost far less, overall, to everybody.• NOW IS THE TIMEAchieved by working together - Across thewhole industry, in a• Global PARTNERSHIP! 13
    14. 14. A Global partnershipSolving the book famine
    15. 15. A partnership programme working together to solve the book famine• World Blind Union members• Authors’ organisations• WIPO• Publishers’ associations• Rights holder agencies• Standards organisations• Technology companies ..And of course, the DAISY Consortium 15
    16. 16. The DAISY ConsortiumOur Vision• People have equal access to information and knowledge, regardless of disabilitiesOur Mission• Working to create the best way to read and publish, for everybody, in the 21st century By delivering global partnerships ... that build a more effective solution for everyone. Committed to a common mission & vision. Coordinating resources to deliver global change 16
    17. 17. How do we makepublishing Inclusive? To help us we need some common language 17
    18. 18. Definitions: Built-in accessibility A mainstream publication, usable directly by people reading with their eyes, ears or fingers, with no need for modification.For example, currently:•works with screen readers,•has great navigation,•pictorial material adequately described. 18
    19. 19. Though accessible to who?
    20. 20. Definitions: Customised for accessibility A separate version of a mainstream publication, modified to be read by disabled persons using their eyes, ears or fingers to read.This may include:• Re-design for Braille, adding additional description, speech narration.• Often, distributed separately via a special library. 20
    21. 21. Definitions: Inclusive Publishing The total process, from author to reader. Designed to embrace all. There is a version for everyone whatever their skills reading with their eyes, ears or fingers.•Embraces the customising process (when needed) to deliversame time, price & place•Better for people with disabilities and without•Efficient and affordable for all 21
    22. 22. Inclusive publishing A new model for 21st Century• Publishers are re-designing workflows to produce print and e-books together• Publishing for e-books is also good for making – Customised books • Braille with picture descriptions • Audio books with picture descriptions navigation• Help publishers re-design workflow – To make e-books usable by print disabled – To link efficiently to customised publishing
    23. 23. How Publishing works, today How we How we publish readMainstream MainstreamPublishing Publishing People Publication Mainstreamstandards Technology Distribution without and laws (Authors & Industry disabilities Publishers)Customised Re-Enhanced EnhancedPublishing publication Re- People with Publishing (Enhancedstandards Technology distribution disabilities and laws Publishers) 23
    24. 24. The consequencesDisabled people get• A fraction of the mainstream• Delivered late Inefficient for everybody• Additional costs• Duplication of effort Frustration all round! 24
    25. 25. What would inclusive publishing look like? How we publish How we read Mainstream Publishing Publishing standards and laws Technology Industry Publication (Authors & Mainstream Distribution People Publishers) (With or without Disabilities)• ONE version of a book, that anyone can read, the way they want...and it is a better read for all.• Dramatically increasing the number and timeliness of publications, usable by people with disabilities. 26
    26. 26. A publication which looks like….An EPUB 3 publication, with – Great navigation – Integrated human narration – Pictorial material described• Conforms to accessibility guidelines• Not unintentionally restricted by DRM• Supports various reading strategies and technologies used by disabled people• Available as customised version when needed
    27. 27. We need a strategic approach1. Deliver more mainstream publications with built-in accessibility: Reducing the need for customised publications2. Improve efficiency of customised accessible re-publication & distribution, and integrate it into mainstream workflow3. Improve publishing and reading technology to increase built in accessibility, efficiency of customisation & deliver better reading experience for all.4. Modernise copyright, legal & business frameworks to make system efficient5. Support disabled people to gain the skills, confidence and technologies they need to get the best experience possible. How do we get there?
    28. 28. More publications with built=in accessibility: Reducing the need for custom re-publication How we publish How we read x Re-publication: People • Customised publications should with be unnecessary…Inclusive disabilitiesMainstream Mainstream • …but will bePublication distribution around for the(Authors & People foreseeable futurePublishers) without disabilities • So, integrate them into the process 29 29
    29. 29. Improve the efficiency of customised publication & distribution. How we publish How we read Customising re-publisher: • Better re-publishing tools Efficient • More efficient process People Re-publication with and disabilities • Reduce global duplicationInclusive distribution of effortMainstream • Remove barriers to anPublication Mainstream efficient global market People distribution • Help customers find the without of Accessible publications they want Publications disabilitiesHelps Special Libraries, and the creators and distributors of enhanced publications 30
    30. 30. Anticipate customisation when originally published. How we publish How we read Original publisher: • Anticipates it will be Anticipate Efficient customised People customisation Re-publication – Starting with author with contract & tools and disabilities – Decision made earlyInclusive distribution • Integrate customisedMainstream publishing into originalPublication workflow Mainstream People – Deliver well structured file distribution early (e-pub) without of Accessible Publications disabilitiesHelps Special Libraries, and the creators and distributors of enhanced 31publications
    31. 31. Partnership with the Publishing Tools Creators How we publish How we readStandards: Publishing Publication: Distribution: Reading: Open & Technology Tools for A global Inclusive Reliable inclusive market Accessible Industry creation Technology The Publishing Technology Industry need to: • Provide authors & publishers with tools create inclusive publications. • That works with inclusive and specialist reading technology, for a great reading experience The Publishing Technology Industry want: • A global market for inclusive and assistive publishing technology. • Open, reliable, Technical standards • Expertise on inclusive publishing • Feedback from users. We are helping them achieve this 32
    32. 32. …and Reading Technology Industries How we publish How we readStandards: Reading Publication: Distribution: Reading: Open & Technology Tools for A global Inclusive Reliable inclusive market Accessible Industry creation Technology The Reading Technology Industry: • Understand disabled peoples’ needs • Provide easy to use, inclusive and specialist reading technology. The Reading Technology Industry want: • A global market for inclusive and assistive reading technology. • Open, reliable, standards. • To be able to build interfaces (eg Braille keyboards) • Expertise on inclusive reading. • Feedback from users. But, it is not just about the technology... 33
    33. 33. Standards are the key enabler, that the whole industry needs How we publish How we read Publication: Distribution: Reading: Publishing Tools for A global InclusiveStandards Technology inclusive market Accessible Industry creation TechnologyThe DAISY Consortium is committed to :• Working with Standards organisations (eg W3C, ONIX, IDPF, ISO, etc.)• Developing equitable inclusive global standards.• Coordinating accessibility standards & laws to simplify inclusive publishing for all.• Providing technical expertise and resources.• Supporting global adoption.Supporting the development of inclusive standards for the global publishing and distribution industries: Influencing the standards bodies to make an efficient global marketplace 34
    34. 34. Working with law makers and copyright bodies How we publish How we read Publishing Publication: Distribution: Reading:Laws and Technology Tools for A global InclusiveCopyright Industry inclusive market Accessible creation TechnologyIndustry needs Common laws: Not different laws in different places.Need a global legal framework – Something we can all work toThe DAISY Consortium is committed to working with partners for:• An inclusive equitable copyright regime that works for all stakeholders• The reform of global copyright to achieve an efficient global market for expensive customised publications• Removing barriers to equitable and efficient access with fair reward for authorsCoordinating accessibility standards & laws to simplify inclusive publishing for all. Influencing the law makers and copyright bodies to make an efficient global marketplace 35
    35. 35. Support disabled people to gain the skills,confidence and technologies they need• Collective action to lower cost of key custom reading technologies• Encourage & support inclusive design of mainstream reading tools• Supporting training and self help networks• Promoting the new ways of finding, buying, borrowing and reading
    36. 36. Our goal is confident readers
    37. 37. Strategic approach to inclusion1. Deliver more mainstream publications with built -in accessibility: Reducing the need for custom publications2. Improve efficiency of customised accessible re-publication & distribution, and integrate it into mainstream workflow3. Improve publishing and reading technology to increase built in accessibility, efficiency of customisation & deliver better reading experience for all4. Modernise copyright, legal & business frameworks to make system efficient5. Support disabled people to gain the skills, confidence and technologies they need to get the best experience possible. How do we get there?
    38. 38. Conclusion• Inclusive publishing is possible• Now is the time x An end to the frustration x• It benefits all• We have to grasp this opportunity• We have to work together to deliver it An end to the book famine 39
    39. 39. Partnership solving the book famine• World Blind Union members• Authors’ organisations• WIPO• Publishers’ associations• Rights holder agencies• Standards organisations• Technology companies ...And of course, the DAISY Consortium 40
    40. 40. Together we canSolve the book famine
    41. 41. Solving the Book Famine A global partnership Thank you! Stephen King President DAISY Consortium: President@daisy.orgRoyal National Institute of Blind People: www.rnib.org.uk
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