VitalSource Bookshelf is primarily for the education sector, providing access to the best-known higher education textbooks, study guides and classics. The release, which makes the application more usable for students with disabilities, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications.
VitalSource Bookshelf provides three ways to access purchased books: via a desktop application (Windows or Mac), online, and on-the-go using your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (dedicated applications for the devices will be available August 2010).
William Chesser, Vice President and General Manager of VitalSource, said, “We’re working with the AFB Consulting to ensure each of these access points is developed for full accessibility and conformity with the appropriate Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) standards.”
The increased accessibility of the new release of VitalSource Bookshelf comes at a time where we are seeing new e-book readers come on the market, including Apple’s iBooks application for the iPad released in March 2010 and the Kobo e-reader, launched by Redgroup in May.
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