ABE Lab is a collaborative project aiming to provide publishers with detailed information about options and costs for remediation to make backlist ebooks accessible. European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab), Fondazione LIA and Koninklijke Bibliotheek the National Library of the Netherlands are partners of this Creative Europe funded project. A complete description of the project is available at the ABE Lab project webpage.
The project team just released a Report on Backlist Data and Gap Analysis which provides relevant information for all who will have to remediate their ebooks backlist to make them compliant with the accessibility requirements of the European Accessibility Act (EAA). It presents the results of the research conducted in the ABE Lab project and provides an overview of the quantities and different categories of the ebooks currently available on the EU market and information on the recurrent accessibility issues. The report also explains the methodologies adopted and provides a useful classification aimed at mapping and identifying the level of complexity of ebooks remediation.
More information is provided in the press release EU ebooks titles analysis and accessibility gaps: ABELab report released (November 20, 2023 · 2 min). The report is available for online reading and free download at the ABELab deliverables webpage.