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Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta launches accessible eBook collection

A new online resource is bringing more than 800 accessible ebooks from Alberta to readers.

Accessible Alberta: eBooks for Everyone, launched this week by the Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta (BPAA), is touted as the largest provincial collection of accessible digital titles. At more than 800 titles, the collection will grow as it is updated quarterly, the BPAA said.

“Throughout the past five years, Alberta’s publishers have shown great leadership in creating accessible eBooks and e-audiobooks. In addition to remediating backlist titles to accessible formats, they are adopting born-accessible workflows which will support the continued growth of the Accessible Alberta collection,” Kieran Leblanc, executive director of the BPAA, said in a release. “This collection is a testament to their hard work and dedication in making reading more accessible for all.”

The BPAA collection includes titles in a variety of genres, and each ebook meets the internationally recognized WCAG and EPUB accessibility standards. The books are available on the Accessible Alberta website as well as in eBound Canada’s Canadian Digital Library Collection. They can also be borrowed from public libraries in the province.

The BPAA initiative is not the first such collection. In 2022, the Literary Press Group launched eBooks for Everyone, a database of more than 600 Canadian-published books by Canadian authors that was funded through the Canada Book Fund’s Accessible Digital Books initiative.