Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats – such as braille, audio and large print – and to make them available to people who are blind, have low vision or are otherwise print disabled (“the print disabled”).  The Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications for persons who are print disabled.  

Two awards will be presented, one to a publisher and one for an initiative.  The following elements will be considered by the 14 member panel (comprised of various organizations working in the field of accessibility) in making its selection:


1.    an organization-wide commitment to making content available in accessible formats;

2.    accessibility standards built into production systems to make books accessible on, or close to, publication date;

3.    collaboration with partners in the supply chain to ensure that accessibility is maintained in delivering the product to the print disabled end-user;

4.    innovative practices established to advance the accessibility of e-books and digital publications for persons who are print disabled.


You may nominate either your own organization/company or a third party anywhere in the world, and ABC encourages nominations of companies, organizations or individuals based in developing or least developed countries.  The two awardees will be presented with trophies at the annual awards ceremony held at The London Book Fair on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.



Answers to the following will be considered by the selection panel in deciding upon the two award winners (the “publisher” category and the “initiative” category). Please answer each of the following questions with a statement of 150 words or less
3. Describe the contributions made, or initiatives launched, by the nominee to making e-books and digital publications accessible for print disabled persons. Where relevant, please provide evidence of the following:
Percentage of the nominee’s content available in accessible formats
Evidence that the nominee’s staff have been trained in accessibility processes and are aware of accessibility issues
That production processes and workflows follow best practices for accessibility
The nominee works with partners to provide access to those titles that are not “born accessible”

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