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Find tips, best practices, and the latest resources for all your accessible publishing needs.

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About APLN

The Accessible Publishing Learning Network (or APLN) is a repository of plain language explanations about the various bits and pieces of accessible publishing: ebook and audiobook production, image descriptions, metadata, website accessibility, digital marketing, and strategic planning. There is something there for everyone in your publishing house as you work toward born accessible publishing.

The posts are robustly indexed, and all have extensive keywords and categories that will make your search for information uncomplicated and seamless. There are direct paths from beginner to intermediate to technical—all marked with clear labels—to wade through any of the streams. In addition to blog posts, we’ve tried to cater to a variety of learning styles with checklists, videos, and downloadable templates and scripts,

The second element of the site is the community hub. This is a forum to post questions, comments, and resources on your thorniest accessibility problems and the very best (only?) place to crowdsource solutions. The community librarian will monitor the boards and weigh in frequently to point people in the right direction.

Navigate to APLN, create an account, favourite some posts, and ask some questions of the community. Don’t forget to suggest posts you’d like to see and to sign up for the APLN newsletter while you are there.

Laura Brady

Laura Brady

Accessibility Training Manager

Laura Brady brings a decade’s experience in digital publishing, and even more in trade publishing across Canada. She is into ebooks, accessibility, dogs, and baseball. Laura is also a board member at the Accessible Books Consortium. In her spare time, she helps plan ebookcraft and follows the Blue Jays.

Benefits of eBound’s Distribution

Marketing

With the wisdom that only comes with years of experience (and high levels of exposure to metadata) we not only get our clients’ ebooks into market—we help get them noticed.

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Research

We provide Canadian publishers with the information they need to stay at the forefront of the digital publishing industry.  eBOUND’s  clients enjoy continual access to material that will help them stay up-to-date with new technologies, accessibility standards and overall best practices.

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Access to our Partners

From conversion to vendors to accessibilty, eBOUND members have access to our network of world-class partners.

Sales Dashboard

eBOUND’s online portal, Digital Dashboard, integrates sales reports from different vendors in one convenient place. We process, audit, and secure all payments in a transparent manner, so royalty statements are a snap.

Testimonials

eBOUND has been a huge asset to the digital side of our publishing business. Their support team is incredibly responsive. Having them on our side makes me feel more confident in navigating our day-to-day digital distribution operations.

Matthew Chan

Integrated Solutions Manager, House of Anansi Press

Recently, BWL Publishing Inc worked closely with eBound Canada converting select titles into Accessible files. eBound’s guidance was invaluable. They made the process quick and painless and were with us each step of the way. Highly recommended.

Nancy Bell

Acquisitions and Editorial Manager, Books We Love Ltd.

Our experience with the Benetech Certification Program was insightful and clear. While the process is a time commitment, the recommendations and corrections were clearly communicated and the team was available to answer questions and provide technical support. The certification process built confidence in our epub quality and the accessible experience we are providing our readers.

Maia Desjardins

Digital Projects Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University Press

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