New ABC Application for Access to Books for Blind and Visually Impaired
The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) has launched a new application that provides access to digital books to individuals who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise disabled.
ABC is a public-private partnership under the flagship of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which includes different organizations and institutions for blind and visually impaired people.
In order to offer as many books as possible in an accessible format for the blind and visually impaired people, ABC has launched a new free application through the ABC Global Book Service online catalog, enabling direct search and immediate download of more than 63,000 works. The initial catalog offered by the new app includes collections of five libraries for the blind from Switzerland, France and Canada. This will make it easier for beneficiaries to obtain books worldwide.
More information on the ABC’s new application is available here.
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