National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Collaborates with the HathiTrust Digital Library

More than fourteen million digital books will soon be made available to blind and print-disabled users, thanks to a collaboration between the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the HathiTrust Digital Library, a digital repository hosted at the University of Michigan.

This program will dramatically increase the availability of books for users who are blind or print-disabled. According to the NFB, currently less than five percent of all published works are estimated to be available to the blind.

NFB President Mark Riccobono mentioned this effort will specifically benefit print-disabled students and scholars within the academic community.

"While most barriers that blind people face are artificial ones created by low expectations, access to the printed word has historically been a great challenge," he said. "This collaboration will, for the first time, make millions of books available to blind readers across the nation, giving us access to more books in a single repository than we have ever had. The significance of this development cannot be overstated, and we are delighted to work with HathiTrust to transform this dream into reality." More information is provided on the National Federation of the Blind website.