WIPO DG Cites "Excellent Results" of Accessible Books Consortium

October 5, 2017

In his annual report to the 2017 WIPO Assemblies of Member States, WIPO’s Director General, Mr. Francis Gurry, cited the “excellent results” achieved by the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) since it was launched in June 2014.

Photo, a blind student in Nepal listening to school textbooks adapted into audio form.
Seema, a blind student in Nepal, listening to school
textbooks adapted into audio form. The training and
technical assistance that made this possible were
provided by ABC, with funding from the Government of
Australia. (Photo: ADRAD Nepal)

ABC has achieved the following milestones in the past three years:

  • Nearly 4000 accessible educational titles will have been produced in national languages by the end of 2017 through capacity building projects in Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uruguay.
  • 25 libraries for the blind have joined the ABC Global Book Service and the catalogue now contains over 360,000 titles in 76 languages.
  • 165,000 loans were made to individuals who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled of titles downloaded through the ABC Global Book Service (up 62% from one year ago).

About the Accessible Books Consortium

The Accessible Books Consortium is a private public partnership, led by WIPO, a UN specialized agency, that aims to implement the objectives of the Marrakesh Treaty at a practical level; it includes authors, publishers, rights-holders’ organizations, libraries for the blind and organizations representing people who are blind, have low vision or are otherwise print disabled.

Find out more

  • 2017 Report on the Accessible Books Consortium PDF, 2017 Report on the Accessible Books Consortium
  • Report of the Director General to the 2017 WIPO Assemblies PDF, Report of the Director General to the 2017 WIPO Assemblies