Information and Resources

Webinars (New!)

In February and March of 2019, Lisa Snider of Access Changes Everything traveled across Canada on behalf of NNELS, and led EPUB Accessibility Workshops. Lisa has now recorded three webinars which cover much of the same information that was provided in the workshops, in a concise format.

Part 1 (64 minutes) provides an introduction to the topic of EPUBs and accessible publishing, covering the importance of accessibility, information on relevant legislation in Canada, who uses EPUBs, how people access EPUBs, the basics of EPUBs, differences between EPUB 2 and 3, and related standards and specifications.

Part 2 (58 minutes) and Part 3 (77 minutes) delve into the complexities of EPUBs and coding for accessibility. Part 2 discusses concepts and tips, gives coding examples, and offers an overview of best practices for both styling and structuring content. It also demonstrates screen-reader usage, and how to use the ACE Checker (an EPUB checker). Part 3 continues from Part 2, covering more concepts and tips. It includes a detailed discussion of image usage; information on Tables of Contents, Page Lists, Page Titles, Metadata, and Fixed Layout vs. Reflowable text; and an overview of some Accessibility Checkers.

We hope that you will find these Webinars useful and informative. They offer concrete, straightforward examples about incorporating accessibility into your workflow, in both big and small ways, so there is something for everyone!

After you finish watching the webinars, we encourage you to fill out this brief three-minute survey:


Accessible Books Consortium (ABC)

Accessibility Action Group (AAG)

Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI)

EPUB 3 Community Group – W3C

Inclusive Publishing (Check out their Newsletter!)

W3C – Publishing Working Group

Informational Resources

Book Industry Study Group: The BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing

BookNet Canada: What it Means to be Accessible

CELA: Making Reading Accessible

DAISY: Accessible Publishing Knowledge Base

DIAGRAM Top Tips for Creating Accessible EPUB 3 Files

EPUB Accessibility Using InDesign (Laura Brady)

EPUB 3.2 Community Group – Draft Report (15 November 2018)

EPUB Secrets: Accessibility in Ebooks – Some Resources

Inclusive Publishing: Resources for Publishers –¬†Improving the Accessibility of your Mainstream Digital Content

NNELS: Information for Publishers and Authors

W3C: The Business Case for Digital Accessibility

Studies and Projects

Accessibility statements promoting improved reading experience (ASPIRE) (Jisc)

Ace by DAISY – Accessibility Checker



London Book Fair (Accessibility Seminar)

In the News

Australia: World-leading Book Accessibility Initiative Creating the Dignity to Read (7 November 2018)

Europe: European Accessibility Act will Increase Access to e-books (November 2018)

Conference Presentations

Creating Accessible Content Elements in the Publishing Workflow – Inge de Monnink (May 2016)

Rise of Inclusive Publishing – Greg Alchin (21 November 2018)