eKitabu receives ABC International Award at the 2019 London Book Fair

Originally posted by Accessible Books Consortium on 12 March 2019, “Accessible Books Consortium Announces Winners of 2019 ABC International Excellence Award”.

The 2019 winners of the ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing were announced at the awards ceremony held at the London Book Fair by the Accessible Books Consortium hosted by WIPO. eKitabu was recognized for Accessible Publishing for their achievements to improve the accessibility of ebooks and other digital publications for inclusive and quality education

“We are sincerely honored to be recognized by the Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award for our work with African publishers to deliver accessible digital content for inclusive and quality education. We look forward to more collaboration with ABC—furthering born accessible publishing practices sustainably to leave no one behind”. Will Clurman, CEO, and Co-Founder of eKitabu

Monica Halil Lövblad Head: Accessible Books Consortium, Matthew Utterback Chief Content Officer: eKitabu, Lawrence Njagi Chairman: Kenya Publishers Association

eKitabu has developed an open source Accessible EPUB Toolkit to help publishers adopt born accessible practices, not only making their materials more accessible for learners with disabilities but also growing the sustainability of locally developed educational materials in languages across Africa. eKitabu works in collaboration with African education ministries, publishers and schools to build sustainability and achieve learning outcomes.

About the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations specialized agency, and its partners created the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) in 2014 to help implement the Marrakesh Treaty at a practical level. ABC is a public-private partnership; it includes organizations that represent people with print disabilities, such as the World Blind Union; libraries for people with print disabilities; and organizations representing authors, publishers and collective management organizations, including the International Authors Forum, the International Publishers Association, and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations. ABC’s goal is to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats – such as Braille, audio, e-text, large print – and to make them available to people who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.

ABC works in three areas, namely:

  • Capacity Building – training and funding are provided by ABC in developing countries for the production of books in accessible formats.
  • ABC Global Book Service – a global library catalogue of over 424,000 titles in accessible formats in 76 languages that enables participating authorized entities from around the world to share items in their collections.
  • Accessible Publishing – the promotion of accessible book production techniques within the publishing industry so that e-books are usable by both sighted people and those with print disabilities.