Blind people's access to books

10-02-2012

The Internet has opened up new possibilities, at technical (hardware/software) and economic level, for blind or sight-impaired people to gain easier access to printed information. However the vast majority of books are never converted, mainly because of copyright law, into a format which makes them accessible to blind people (such as audio, larger print or Braille). Both the United Nations and European Union have taken initiatives to overcome this discrimination.

The Internet has opened up new possibilities, at technical (hardware/software) and economic level, for blind or sight-impaired people to gain easier access to printed information. However the vast majority of books are never converted, mainly because of copyright law, into a format which makes them accessible to blind people (such as audio, larger print or Braille). Both the United Nations and European Union have taken initiatives to overcome this discrimination.