Leading e-textbook provider increases accessibility features

Friday, 21 May 2010 10:23am

VitalSource Technologies Inc ., a company located in the US that specialises in physical and digital services in the book industry, has just announced that the new release for its VitalSource Bookshelf e-textbook platform will include major accessibility updates.

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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