eBOUND Partners with Charitable Organizations to Increase Collections of Accessible Digital Books in Libraries

Toronto, ON – January 18th 2019 – eBOUND Canada is delighted to announce a partnership with The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) to produce a larger volume of accessible digital books that will be made available through Canadian library systems.

The CNIB Foundation is a charitable organization driven to change what it is to be blind through innovative programs and powerful advocacy that enable Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose . Their 100 years of experience converting books to accessible formats makes them experts at ensuring industry standards for accessibility are met. CNIB will be working in tandem with eBOUND Canada’s collective of 68 Canadian publishers to expand the collection of accessible books that is offered by Canadian libraries.

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). a national non-profit organization founded on the principal of publicly-funded support of equitable public library service to Canadians with print disabilities, offers a collection of over 600,000 titles in the accessible format of the patron’s choice through Canada’s public libraries.

“We’re very pleased to be able to work with these great organizations to expand the number of titles from independent Canadian publishers to our accessible book collection in libraries across the country” says Executive Director of CELA, Michael Ciccone. “Innovative collaborations between publishers and those who provide accessible materials can have a real impact and improve choice and access for the 3.5 million Canadians with print disabilities.

eBOUND’s work with CNIB will include the creation of ebooks and audiobooks in various accessible formats. The books will be made available at public libraries across Canada through CELA. Conversions of new Canadian titles will begin in early 2019 and will be made available through CELA and public libraries shortly thereafter. For more information, please contact Cassondra Dolan.

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eBOUND Canada is a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada with mission of advancing the digital engagement of Canadian publishers. Their team works continuously to stay up-to-date with trends in technology, targeted consumerism and the future of the digital publishing industry. eBOUND is led by a team of digital publishing experts and overseen by a governing board made up of industry professionals with expertise in all areas of the industry.