DAISY Consortium's News Brief - # 2017-06a
Enjoy a concise selection of digital publishing news. Our main goal is to inform DAISY Members and Supporters about new e-reading technologies and related developments.

Upcoming Events: M-Enabling Summit, Webinar on SVG Accessibility

Accessibility Progress in Digital Book Publishing. June 14th, 11:15 am to 12:30 pm at the M-Enabling Summit in Washington, DC.

Panelists: Betsy Beaumon, President, Benetech; Rick Johnson, VP of Product Strategy, VitalSource Technologies; Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab 126; Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

This panel discussion will highlight the progress made by publishers in implementing accessibility standards. It will also cover how the adoption of the Marrakech Treaty is evolving internationally. The likely outcomes of the merger between the IDPF and W3C will also be discussed. Get more information about the Summit on the M-Enabling Summit website.

Brian McNeilly serves on the W3C's Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Accessibility Taskforce. Join him on Tuesday, June 20th at 2:00pm EDT for a free webinar and learn how to make accessible graphics for logos, diagrams, graphs, maps, and more! Register on the SSB BART Group website.

What's New: Links to Notable News Articles and Media

Featured Tool: EasyReader App for iOS

The EasyReader app has been specifically designed for readers with vision or print impairments and, unlike other mainstream reading apps, has no restrictions to accessibility. Low vision readers can make their book’s text as large as their sight requires. It is possible to adjust text size, colors and contrast. Blind readers can ‘add speech’ to books and newspapers without narration. Users can also choose from 100,000s of audiobooks. Readers with dyslexia can customize their reading experience by selecting dyslexia friendly fonts and synchronizing text with audio.

EasyReader for iOS is immediately available to download from the iTunes in English, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish with other languages due to follow shortly.

The launch of the EasyReader app brings together the world’s largest collection of accessible books and newspaper services. EasyReader offers access to 21 digital libraries serving print impaired people across 70 countries, including accessible library services such as Bookshare®, NFB-NEWSLINE®, RNIB Bookshare, Legimus, NLB and Vision Australia. More information is provided on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Audiobooks: Bridging the Gap

We have recently received several inquiries from the DAISY TechWatch readers asking us to share research and articles about the benefits of audiobooks. Please find a short selection below. Send your suggestions using the contact form if you'd like to add to the list.