[Athen] Accessible digital course pack vendors?

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Tue Nov 1 10:22:30 PDT 2016

Have you looked at the Copyright Clearance Center? Years ago they were
talking about making accessible PDFs available, but I don't know where they
are now in that process.

Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
HTCTU Director

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On
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Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 6:49 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Accessible digital course pack vendors?

Hello all,

My apologies if you've seen me ask this on another list!

We've been trying to find vendors that would simultaneously solve our
copyright clearance and accessibility problems for readings in online

We've looked at XanEdu and SIPX, and they will research the clearances and
allow students to purchase coursepacks online, but the PDFs they provide are
only OCR and do not meet the PDF/UA standard. (XanEdu says that they have
"enhanced" PDFs upon request, but their process is only to OCR them and then
convert them to EPUB.)

Do you know of any vendors that do copyright clearances, allow students to
purchase digital coursepacks online AND provide pdfs that meet the PDF/UA
standard as a matter of course? Are we searching for a unicorn? How do have
you solved these problems?


Jenn Stevens

Director | Instructional Technology Group | 403A Walker Building | Emerson
College | 120 Boylston St | Boston MA 02116 | (617) 824-3093
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