Doodle Semicircular CushionSketchy Baby Lion African Wildlife Character Safari Jungle Savanna Habitat Theme Entry Door Mat H 35.4 xD 53.1 Black White
Coat Rack European Style Bag Rack Simple Hat Rack Solid Wood Floor Hangers Bedroom Clothes Rack (color Wood color)

Flash Furniture 30'' High Backless Crystal Indoor-Outdoor Barstool Teal-bluee nruaud5285-Furniture

Accessible Books Consortium (ABC)

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a public-private partnership led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It includes organizations that represent people with print disabilities such as the World Blind Union (WBU); libraries for the blind; standards bodies, and organizations representing authors, publishers and collective management organizations.

Our goal is to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats - such as braille, audio, e-text, large print – and to make them available to people who are blind, have low vision or are otherwise print disabled.

Contact us

Email updates

ZAHOYONGLI Chairs,Folding Chairs Folding Padded Office Reception Desk Chairs Foldable Chair Easy Storage (color Light Pink 81 43 46cm) – Regular news updates on the activities of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC). 8-10 a year.

Sign up
Iron Grid Double Storage Rack Kitchen Bathroom Living Room Finishing Racks Multifunctional Practical Warm Shelf,B

What services do we offer?

Acrylic Speaker Stand for Amazon Echo, UE Boom and Other Models - Predect and Stabilize Alexa by Wasserstein (bluee)
(Photo: WIPO)

LJHA yimaojia Coat Rack Simple Solid Wood Floor Coat Rack Living Room Bedroom Clothes Storage Hanger 3 color Optional Coat Hangers (color A)

ABC Global Book Service is an on-line catalogue that provides libraries for the blind with the ability to search and make requests for accessible digital books. This international “library-to-library” service allows participating organizations to supplement their collections from their counterparts in other countries free of charge.

DYR Coat Hooks Home Hook Coat Hooks Coat Hooks in Pine Wood Freestanding Coat Racks (color Wood, Dimensions 42.5 cm)
(Photo: Steve Burden)

Flannel Japanese Floor Futon Mattress Futon Tatami Mat Japanese Futon Mattress Futons Futon Memory Foam, Foldable Durable Soft Mattress Topper,Yellow,60 120cm

ABC promotes the production of “born accessible” works by publishers, that is, books that are usable directly from the publisher by both sighted persons and people who are print disabled. We provide guidelines on how to produce “born accessible” works and we present an annual award for outstanding achievements in the field of accessible publishing.

Venture Horizon Stackable shoes Cabinet in Multiple Finishes - White
(Photo: Piyush Arora and National Association for the Blind (Delhi))

MXD Stool Home Dining Stool Creative Makeup Dressing Stool Simple Modern Nordic Small Bench Green Mat (color Brown)

ABC provides training and technical assistance in developing countries in the production and distribution of books in accessible formats. We also provide funding for the production of accessible educational materials in national languages at the primary, secondary and university levels.

(Photo: WIPO)

Websites offering accessible books

We maintain a list of links of online sources of accessible books, organized by country.  The selection includes both libraries and commercial providers.

The legal framework

The NYDZDM flower stand Wrought Iron Living Room Window Balcony Plant Shelf Creative Flower Pot Rack Desktop Storage Rack, 45x17x14cm (color Black) makes possible the production and transfer of accessible books across national boundaries. This landmark Treaty was adopted on June 27, 2013 by the member states of WIPO, and came into force on September 30, 2016 after ratification by 20 of those states.  ABC is one initiative to implement the Marrakesh VIP Treaty at an operational level.

The global context

Some 253 million people worldwide are visually impaired, according to the World Health Organization's 2017 estimates. More than 90% of these are resident in developing countries, where the World Blind Union (WBU) estimates that people who are blind have only a one in ten chance of going to school or getting a job. The lack of accessible books is a very real barrier to getting an education and leading an independent, productive life. The WBU estimates that less than 10% of all published materials can be read by blind or low vision people.

Voices from the floor of the Inaugural Marrakesh Assembly (October 2016)

Watch the video of Maria Soledad Cisternas on YouTube

"The CRPD is quite clear that the Marrakesh Treaty will contribute to the full inclusion of people who are visually impaired or otherwise print disabled."

Maria Soledad Cisternas, Chair, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Costzon Toy Storage Organizer Bins Kids Playroom Activity Center Shelf Drawer

"[…] while blind and visually impaired children will benefit directly from the Marrakesh Treaty, the environment of accessibility that will be created will also have significant positive effects for all children with disabilities."

Gopal Mitra, Programme Specialist – Children with Disabilities, Disability Section, UNICEF

Flash Furniture 30'' High Backless Crystal Indoor-Outdoor Barstool Teal-bluee nruaud5285-Furniture