Documents & Resources

Welcome to the Documents and Resources page! The items found here represent the culmination of the work done in recent years (2018-2020), supported in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability Component. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.


Accessible Publishing Information and Tools for Publishers


  • Accessible Publishing Best Practices: Guidelines for Common EPUB Issues in Plain Language: This best practices document was created by our accessibility testers, and focuses on the main issues found when reviewing EPUBs.
  • Publisher Audits: As a part of their grant-funded work, NNELS hired accessibility testers – people with print disabilities who would assess the accessibility of documents, reading platforms, library apps, websites, and more. The accessibility testers were provided with ebook samples from dozens of publishers. For each individual publisher, they tested the books and wrote reports on the issues and barriers to accessibility that they ran into. From these audits, they developed a best practices guide which lists the most common problems and offers solutions for addressing these common issues.
  • epubtest.orgNNELS supported DAISY on expanding the language options of their initiative. This site is the go-to place to find reading system accessibility evaluations, and is now available in French as well as English.


  • Reading in EPUB: This video, collaboratively made by both NNELS and DAISY, demonstrates using a screenreader to read an EPUB. It goes over navigation, making visual adjustments, and using the Read Aloud feature. It is a useful video for those who want to see a screen reader in action, as well as those who wish to see a demonstration of the powerful navigation features built into the EPUB format and reading apps.
  • Demonstrations of Common EPUB Issues: These videos, made by our team of accessibility testers, illustrate some of the most common issues that they faced when assessing publisher’s ebooks.


  • App & Scripts for EPUB Accessibility: Within this GitHub repository, you will find technological solutions for the automation of some tasks that can be used on EPUB files to improve their accessibility. These scripts can also be modified by anyone to suit specific needs.
    Please note, beyond bringing these scripts to the community, NNELS is unable to offer support on installation or troubleshooting related issues.
  • Ace Desktop App: NNELS supported DAISY’s initiative to further develop Ace (the free, open-source EPUB accessibility checking tool by the DAISY Consortium). This is now available for people to try out in both English and French, and integrates the Accessible Publishing Knowledge Base.

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Reading Apps and Platforms

Reports on Library Reading Apps

The Accessibility Testers were tasked with using and testing library reading applications, and they reported on their functionality and usefulness for readers with print disabilities. Click here to access the reports, as well as to read an overview of the reports and their results.


  • Tutorials: These videos, made by NNELS Accessibility Testers, offer brief demonstrations on how to use the reading platform or app, as well as provide commentary about the usefulness and usability of the programs.
  • Evaluations: These videos (coming soon!), also made by the NNELS Accessibility Testers, offer video demonstrations of some of the main points covered in the reading app reports.

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Accessible Publishing Summit

These reports were developed during the Accessible Publishing Summit, held in Toronto in January of 2019. Over 50 stakeholders from the ebook production and distribution chain came together to discuss accessible publishing and its advancement, and these reports share what was discussed and worked on.

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