[Athen] how do you receive accessible copies of self published books?

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Tue Sep 18 13:00:52 PDT 2018

Kenneth, the short answer is WE ARE RESPONSIBLE. Publishers are not required by law to provide us with files. Neither are authors. It's great when they do, and I greatly appreciate it when they do, but the fact is, they don't have to and can deny us for whatever reason they choose.

The good news is, though, that we can still create accessible content for our students without legal repercussions. In the case of a book like this, I usually ask the student to provide their copy for scanning, and we produce the files that way. We spiral-bind the scanned book and return it to the student. Of course, this is the very last resort - we hate cutting student books. I often try to see if the professor has a copy we can use for this purpose before I try to snag the student's copy.

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
University of Colorado Boulder

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Kenneth Elkind
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Subject: [Athen] how do you receive accessible copies of self published books?

I have received two requests for alternative content of books that were published by the author through CreateSpace.com a printing company owned by Amazon. The printing company notified me that they would contact the author for my request of a PDF version of the book. The printing company was quite quick to verify the do not guarantee that the author will respond.
Who has had experience in this resolving this issue?

Who is responsible for providing mandate of accessible content the printing company or the author?

Kenneth Elkind
Disability Support Services
Bunker Hill Community College
250 Rutherford Ave
Charletown,MA 02129
kelkind at bhcc.mass.edu

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