March 12, 2018: Call for Publishers: National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) is a publicly-funded library of books in accessible formats for Canadians with print disabilities. If you haven’t heard about us before, we invite you visit our website, nnels.ca, or call us so we can introduce ourselves. We are hosted and operated by the BC Libraries Cooperative.
NNELS is undertaking a special project to expand the quantity of books available to Canadians with print disabilities. NNELS is looking to partner with Canadian publishers to purchase books in EPUB and MP3 formats. Our overall target is to purchase and make available 17,000 new ebooks and e-audiobooks by March 31, 2018. NNELS is interested in both fiction and non-fiction content across all audience levels. One emphasis is to increase the availability of Canadian content in both official languages (French and English), particularly books by indigenous authors. Content purchased for the NNELS collection is licensed for unlimited and perpetual use. NNELS hosts and maintains a DRM-free repository built with open-source software that provides authenticated access to eligible users. The content is licensed for download so it can be read with a variety of readers and devices by people who have no other way to access this material.
We are already working through eBOUND Canada, so if you are a member of eBOUND,  we would prefer to purchase your content through that route. Information has already gone out to each publisher from eBOUND. If you are a not a member of eBOUND, we would like to hear from you directly if you are interested in participating in our project.

We purchase content for retail list price. We are interested in EPUB or MP3 file formats only. Please contact laurie.davidson@bc.libraries.coop if you are interested in providing content for this project by March 12, 2018.

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