Digital book revolutionises publishing in compliance with the EAA

20 November 2023 WEIJI

Digital book revolutionises publishing in compliance with the EAA

L'accessibile è un'opportunità

Accessibility has become a key concept in the world of digital publishing. As 2025 approaches, the year in which the European Accessibility Act (EAA) will come into force, book publishers are being called upon to evolve rapidly. Compliance with this legislation is not only a legal obligation, but also a significant market opportunity.

The importance of accessibility: accessibility in digital is no longer an option, but a necessity. It is estimated that around 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. This group, often overlooked, represents a considerable market segment. In addition, it is crucial to consider that accessible digital books, by offering real opportunities to new groups of readers, simultaneously improve the reading experience for all users.

What does ‘accessible’ mean? An accessible digital book is designed to be easily usable by people with different abilities. Features such as high-contrast text, compatibility with multiple screen readers, text enlargement options and simplified navigation are implemented. These features benefit not only readers with visual or motor disabilities, but also those who, for example, find themselves reading in limited light or with small devices.

Compliance with the European Accessibility Act: the EAA establishes clear requirements for the accessibility conditions of products and services, including digital books. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in penalties and damage the publisher’s reputation. Moreover, complying with these standards is an action of social responsibility and a commitment to inclusivity.

Market opportunity: besides complying with legal regulations, accessible digital books represent a great commercial opportunity. Publishers who choose to invest in accessibility seize the opportunity to reach a wider audience, build customer loyalty and differentiate themselves from competitors. Moreover, accessibility can lead to collaborations with educational institutions and organisations dealing specifically with disabilities, opening up new distribution channels.

Conclusion: compliance with the European Accessibility Act is not only a mandatory legal formality, but also a smart business strategy. Publishers who choose to share and implement digital accessibility acts not only comply with the law, but also position themselves as leaders in a rapidly changing market. The future of publishing is accessible, and the time to act is NOW.

 

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