[Athen] Macmillan publisher

Kluesner, Bryon Bryon-Kluesner at utc.edu
Fri Apr 20 07:59:59 PDT 2018

Yesterday, I received EPUB3 files from Macmillan instead of PDF files. The problem with the EPUB3 files, is each individual page of a chapter is a separate xhtml file and there are no page numbers. When I sent a request through Access Text for the PDF version of the file, I received the following response:

We are no longer producing accessible PDFs of textbooks because we have transitioned to EPUB3 format, which is more accessible by nature and also reduces the risk of piracy.

My reply:

Hi Christine, while the EPUB3 may more accessible by nature, there are no page numbers and the individual files are more difficult to navigate for students rather than individual chapter PDF files. I think you need to reconsider not producing accessible PDF files. I expect other Disability Services providers will most likely have the same opinion as I do.

While I understand the reasoning behind Pearson and Macmillan wanting to use EPUB files, the format they are providing is making it more work for me, and there are no page numbers!

Just my Friday rant.

Have a good weekend everyone.


Bryon Kluesner, RhD
Adaptive Technology Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
Adjunct Professor
College of Health, Education & Professional Studies

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
103 Frist Hall
615 McCallie Avenue, Dept. 2953
Chattanooga, TN 37403

(423) 425-4006 | utc.edu/drc<http://www.utc.edu/dean-students>

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