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Accessibility a growing priority for publishers of digital books

Toronto, ON – May 16, 2016 – The State of Digital Publishing in Canada 2015 has been released

In 2015, 72% of Canadian publishers pointed to accessibility when citing the driving forces behind their digital publishing programs, according to a new report from BookNet Canada. That's a 17% increase over 2014, making it the second-most popular reason behind the need to increase sales.

Towards this end, more than half of publishers are starting to include accessibility features in their ebooks. These can involve navigational aids, as well as embedded graphical, audio, and video media with alternate formats and textual descriptions.

Also on the rise is the adoption of a print + digital mindset among publishers, as fewer companies are choosing to have digital-only programs (29%, down from 35% in 2014), and more are bundling digital formats with print purchases at no additional cost.

Further information can be found in The State of Digital Publishing in Canada 2015, available as a free, digital download at More than 50 Canadian publishing firms were surveyed for the report, providing an overview of the size, scope, and production processes of the current digital publishing market in Canada, along with year-over-year analysis.

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BookNet Canada is a non-profit organization that develops technology, standards and education to serve the Canadian book industry. 

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) for this project. / Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du Fonds du livre du Canada (FLC) pour ce projet.

Media Contact:
Zalina Alvi
Marketing & Communications Manager (acting)
BookNet Canada 
(416) 362-5057 x 225