Bookshare & O'reilly books make an aggreement
akp at eznet.net
Tue Mar 4 17:19:19 EST 2003
Figured some of you might be interested in this announcement. You do
have to sign up for bookshare, but it is an avenue to get books in
Publisher O'Reilly Makes Books Accessible to People with Disabilities
Landmark Agreement with Bookshare.org
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 04, 2003 - Today Bookshare.org, an online library
digital books for people with disabilities, announced an agreement with O'
& Associates, a leading publisher of computer books, to make digital
O'Reilly books available worldwide to qualifying users with disabilities.
Bookshare.org (www.bookshare.org) is a subscription service that provides an
online library of accessible digital books to people with severe visual,
and mobility disabilities. The service, which was created by Benetech, the
technology nonprofit in the Silicon Valley, operates under a copyright
in US law allowing the redistribution of copyrighted works in specialized
formats for people with qualifying disabilities.
Under the agreement, O'Reilly & Associates will transfer digital copies of
to Bookshare.org, which will convert the books into accessible formats and
available to qualifying subscribers in the US. In addition, O'Reilly has
Benetech rights to provide the books in accessible formats to qualifying
other countries, the initial step in a planned expansion into providing
digital books internationally.
"This is truly a landmark event in the struggle to make books accessible to
with disabilities," said Benetech CEO Jim Fruchterman. "Tim O'Reilly's
contribution will make it easy for people with print-related disabilities
to access his outstanding collection of technical books."
"For years, we've done our best to make our books available to disabled
on request," said O'Reilly founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly. "After overcoming
hurdles, the greater challenge was keeping up with the requests. Benetech's
will give our efforts a real boost through their expert assistance on both
and administrative fronts. This partnership builds on Bookshare.org's
providing accessible formats and the XML conversion tools O'Reilly developed
our online Safari Bookshelf. I'm quite pleased that we'll be able to make O'
books available worldwide through the Bookshare.org service."
Bookshare.org offers a collection more than 12,000 accessible digital books
subscribers. The books are protected by a comprehensive digital rights
system, which was designed in collaboration with the Association of American
and features extensive controls, including file encryption, watermarks,
and a security watch program.
Information on Bookshare.org and Benetech
Bookshare.org is a project of Benetech, an innovative Silicon Valley
develops technology projects to address pressing social issues in areas such
human rights, literacy, education and the digital divide. Many technologies
compelling social applications that are not developed because such efforts
meet investors' financial expectations. Benetech specifically pursues
a strong social, rather than financial, rate of return on investment,
technology and private sector management techniques to bear in creating
solutions to difficult social challenges.
Information on O'Reilly
O'Reilly & Associates is the premier information source for leading-edge
technologies. The company's books, conferences, and web sites bring to light
knowledge of technology innovators. O'Reilly books, known for the animals on
covers, occupy a treasured place on the shelves of the developers building
generation of software. O'Reilly conferences and summits bring alpha geeks
business leaders together to shape the revolutionary ideas that spark new
>From the Internet to XML, open source, .NET, Java and web services, O'Reilly
technologies on the map.
The Benetech Initiative
Telephone: (202) 588-8269
brendan at benetech.org
O'Reilly & Associates
Telephone: (707) 827-7109
sara at oreilly.com
Ann K. Parsons
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