On July 12, 2013, Bookshare announced an exciting development in providing access to AIM to people with visual impairments and other print disabilities no matter where they live!
The “Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled” will allow Bookshare to access more content for Americans from more sources outside of the United States and in more languages, and deliver their entire library to people with print disabilities living in other countries.
Springer, the leading global scientific publisher, has signed an agreement to provide Bookshare with world rights to its titles, making them the first major Science, Technical and Medical (STM) publisher to commit to making their books accessible at this scale. Springer is home to the world’s largest STM eBook collection and published more than 7,500 in 2012.
Springer has taken a leading role to ensure that students have access to critical scientific resources. By contributing their digital files directly to Bookshare, they make it possible for students with disabilities to receive accessible books in a timely fashion and significantly reduce the costs of making these books available.
Read more about this news at the Bookshare Blog