HarperCollins, as part of its goal to encourage and promote literacy, is committed to facilitating access for persons with print disabilities. The publisher is also a signing member of the 's Charter for Accessible Publishing, which promotes the production of books in accessible formats
HarperCollins has also singed an agreement with TIGAR (Trusted Intermediary Global Access Resources), a service hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization, which makes it easier for participating institutions to search internationally for books in accessible formats, and to exchange them across national borders. The TIGAR archives currently contain more than 238,000 titles in accessible formats in some 55 languages. HarperCollins has committed to making its titles available through this service whenever feasible.
HarperCollins works with Bookshare, an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities, to make its content available without cost to those with print disabilities. Bookshare members download books, textbooks, and newspapers in a compressed, encrypted file. They then read the material using adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text-to-speech) and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays. As technology enhances reading opportunities for people with print disabilities, HarperCollins is committed to providing Bookshare accessible, high-quality digital books in an efficient and timely manner. For more information about Bookshare, click .
HarperCollin's Assistant General Counsel Victor Hendrickson, is the company's for the print-disabled community and for organizations that promote accessibility. Victor can be reached at [email protected].