Our partner in Argentina, Tiflonexos, hosts a digital library of Spanish language books for the blind and visually impaired with over 50,000 titles.
Founded in 1999 by a group of blind friends, Tiflonexos is now paving the way for accessible book conversion in the region. Through training and funding provided by ABC, Tiflonexos began for the first time producing books in the EPUB3 standard. This flexible, digital format will provide a greater autonomy and choice for people who are print disabled, who may then choose to read with audio, refreshable braille or large print.
Tiflonexos has produced 4,200 educational books in EPUB3, and its ability to produce such a large number is thanks, in large part, to their local contacts with publishers who have provided the original electronic files of these 4,200 books. The accessible books produced from publisher electronic files in this way are text based and can be read using ‘text to speech’ software on reading devices or with refreshable Braille readers.