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Accessing academia: The promise and perils of publishing accessible academic books

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Access to credible knowledge in Canada's changing cultural and political landscapes is crucial, and academic book publishers play a vital role in shaping public discourse and disseminating high-quality research. Despite the increasing popularity of e-books, publishers have failed to optimize accessibility features in this digital medium, due to the industry's print legacy, a lack of standardized accessibility guidelines, and toothless legislation. Academic book publishers encounter additional barriers in producing accessible books, including content complexity and institutional priorities. However, prioritizing accessibility is essential for upholding the rights of all Canadians. This report explores the intersection of academic book publishing and accessibility in Canada. Using Fernwood Publishing as a case study, it analyzes common practices and barriers to producing accessible content, focusing on the EPUB 3 format. By leveraging technology and challenging legacy practices, academic publishers can enhance diversity in the cultural landscape and offer more accessible content to a broader audience.
63 pages.
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Thesis advisor: Maxwell, John
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