米国の図書館団体Association of Research Library（本部：米国ワシントンD.C.）およびAmerican Library Association（本部：米国イリノイ州、以後：ALA）は先週、米FCCが2015年1月に更新予定としている、電子書籍端末へのアクセシビリティ機能搭載免除をやめるよう文書で要請した... Source: hon.jp
英国の知財ニュースブログ「jiplp」によると、オランダの電子書籍中古オークションベンチャーのTom Kabinetと出版社団体Nederlands Uitgeversverbond and Groep Algemene Uitgeversが争っていた裁判について、「電子書籍の中古販売は合法」との判断が下されたのこと... Source: ITmedia eBook USER
Accessible ebook platforms – seven honest dealers (and a few non responders)
(update：September 22, 2014)
Last autumn we started a project with the Publishers Accessibility Action Group to see if we could raise awareness of accessibility issues with platform providers. Sarah Hilderley and Alistair McNaught contacted 13 of the bigger providers (who would have a presence in many universities or colleges) and asked them to complete a simple survey asking about accessibility from an end-user perspective. For a variety of reasons (including job changes) it has been difficult to collate the results until recently so some of the platform details may have been upgraded in the last 9 months but this can be regarded as a snapshot of platform accessibility at the beginning of the year...
Source: Jisc TechDis
Eight Apps to Support Early Reading and Writing | Cool Tools
(update：July 28, 2014)
As we all know, it’s never too early to encourage reading. I regularly Skype with my two young nieces, who live 1,200 miles away. The four-year-old shares her current bedtime book with me, and shows me the words she can recognize in it. While reading in person with a child is best, these apps and sites also help very young students get excited about learning to read and write...
Developers' Guide to Features of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools W3C First Public Working Draft 24 July 2014
(update：July 24, 2014)
This document describes features that web authoring and quality assurance tools can incorporate, so that they support the evaluation of accessibility requirements, such as those defined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. The main purpose of this document is to promote awareness of such tool features and to provide introductory guidance for tool developers on what kind of features they could provide in future implementations of their tools. This listing of features could also be used to help compare different types of evaluation tools, for example during the procurement of such tools... Source: W3C®
The Future of Braille: NLS Braille Summit Presentations and Outcomes
(update：July 3, 2014)
True literacy for people who are blind or severely visually impaired—that is, the ability to read, to write, and to read what one wrote—was achieved with the introduction of the braille system nearly 200 years ago. As a direct corollary to print, braille provided complete access to text at every level. Since that time, braille has been universally recognized as the literacy medium for blind and severely visually impaired people throughout the world. Braille readers have the same level of access to the written word, mathematics, and music, in all their nuances, as do print readers...
Source: National Library Service
Narrow Fair Use Ruling Permits Limited Library Uses, Shoots Down Replacement Copying
(update：June 11, 2014)
We received yesterday’s Second Circuit decision in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust with mixed feelings. The decision was not a total victory for either side. While the Court, over our objections, allowed HathiTrust to maintain its database of digitized books in light of the present security protections, the Court was clear that any breach of that security leaves HathiTrust at risk of future litigation..
Source: The Authors Guild
UK Library eBook Pilot Shows Library Loans Drive Sales
(update：April 13, 2014)
It’s been just over a month since the Publisher’s Association launched a year long e-lending pilot in partnership with 4 libraries in the UK, and the early results are showing that ebook borrowers are also buyers. Janene Cox, the president of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), was speaking at the London Book Fair last week when she told The Bookseller that “people who loan books, buy books”...
Source: The Digital Reader
ネット社会への移行にともなって意外なところで問題になっているのが、海外からインターネットで配信された電子書籍や音楽などに対する消費税の課税の問題だ。これまでネット取引大手の米国アマゾン・ドットコムは、電子書籍のデータを米国内のサーバーから配信していることで、日本の消費税の対象外とされてきた。しかし、同じ電子書籍を扱う国内企業の間からは強い不満の声が上がっている... Source: PRESIDENT Inc.
Webアクセシビリティの仕様 WAI-ARIA 1.0とWAI-ARIA 1.0 User Agent Implementation Guide、がW3Cの勧告になりました。
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 is a W3C Recommendation
(update：March 20, 2014)
The Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) today published Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 and the WAI-ARIA 1.0 User Agent Implementation Guide as W3C Recommendations. WAI-ARIA is a technical specification for making dynamic, interactive Web content accessible to people with disabilities...
(update：March 14, 2014)
I recently surveyed my colleagues at the Book App Alliance to find out what myths they hear most often about book apps. Here’s a look at five of the most common...
Source: Digital Book World
Macmillan expands its eBook catalog to U.S. and Canadian schools
(update：February 26, 2014)
We are very excited to announce that Macmillan’s entire eBook catalog is now available for schools in the United States and Canada. Macmillan previously offered 640 eBooks to schools in the U.S. and Canada in a pilot program, and is now opening their 12,000-title catalog...
IBM standardizing on EPUB to reduce digital barriers and increase mobile support
(update：FEBRUARY 13, 2014)
International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to develop a white paper highlighting lessons learned from IBM’s recent decision to support EPUB as the company’s primary packaged portable document format...
Source: International Digital Publishing Forum
FCC Grants Temporary Waiver of Disabilities Access Rules for Basic E-Readers
(update：January 29, 2014)
On January 28, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) issued an Order granting an August 2013 request filed by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers (“Coalition”) seeking a waiver of the Commission’s disabilities access rules as applied to e-readers. As previously reported on this blog, on October 22, 2013, the Commission granted a temporary waiver for the class of e-readers in order to give the FCC time to further evaluate the Coalition’s petition...
Source: Telecom Law Monitor
YALSA’s new report is a call to action for the library community to meet the needs of 21st century teens
(update：January 8, 2014)
CHICAGO — As part of the year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens effort, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a report, “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action,” providing direction on how libraries need to adapt and change to meet the needs of 21st century teens...
Source: American Library Association Source: Project Report