Published by Booknet Canada.
n 2015, 72% of Canadian publishers pointed to accessibility when citing the driving forces behind their digital publishing programs, according to a new report from BookNet Canada. That’s a 17% increase over 2014, making it the second-most popular reason behind the need to increase sales.
Towards this end, more than half of publishers are starting to include accessibility features in their ebooks. These can involve navigational aids, as well as embedded graphical, audio, and video media with alternate formats and textual descriptions.
Also on the rise is the adoption of a print + digital mindset among publishers, as fewer companies are choosing to have digital-only programs (29%, down from 35% in 2014), and more are bundling digital formats with print purchases at no additional cost.
Note: Data about ebooks and libraries can be found on pages 30-31 of report.
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