The paradigm shift in realising the right to read : how ebook libraries are enabling in the university sector

Harpur, Paul & Suzor, Nicolas P. (2014) The paradigm shift in realising the right to read : how ebook libraries are enabling in the university sector. Disability and Society, 29(10), pp. 1658-1671.

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Millions of people with print disabilities are denied the right to read. While some important efforts have been made to convert standard books to accessible formats and create accessible repositories, these have so far only addressed this crisis in an ad hoc way. This article argues that universally designed ebook libraries have the potential of substantially enabling persons with print disabilities. As a case study of what is possible, we analyse 12 academic ebook libraries to map their levels of accessibility. The positive results from this study indicate that universally designed ebooks are more than possible; they exist.

While results are positive, however, we also found that most ebook libraries have some features that frustrate full accessibility, and some ebook libraries present critical barriers for people with disabilities.

Based on these findings, we consider that some combination of private pressure and public law is both possible and necessary to advance the right-to-read cause. With access improving and recent advances in international law, now is the time to push for universal design and equality.

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ID Code: 78325
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2014.973476
ISSN: 1360-0508
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Routledge
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2014 05:39
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 01:26

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