Media Release – BPAA Launches Largest Provincial Collection of Accessible Digital Titles in Canada

Edmonton –  The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) is pleased to announce the launch of Accessible Alberta: eBooks for Everyone, a digital collection of Alberta-published accessible eBooks. 

Featuring over 800 eBooks in a variety of genres, the Accessible Alberta collection is the largest provincial collection of accessible digital titles in Canada and will continue to grow as it is updated quarterly with new titles. All titles in the collection meet internationally recognized WCAG and EPUB accessibility standards. The goal of the collection is to improve the discoverability of Alberta-published accessible books for librarians, educators, and readers.Accessible Alberta: eBooks for Everyone logo above two illustrated characters reading on a computer screen.

“Everyone deserves access to great stories and to great learning resources,” says Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director of the BPAA. “Throughout the past five years, Alberta’s publishers have shown great leadership in creating accessible eBooks and e-audiobooks. In addition to remediating backlist titles to accessible formats, they are adopting born-accessible workflows which will support the continued growth of the Accessible Alberta collection. This collection is a testament to their hard work and dedication in making reading more accessible for all.”

In addition to a dedicated website, eBooks in the Accessible Alberta collection are included in eBOUND Canada’s Canadian Digital Learning Collection, and can be borrowed from Alberta public libraries through the Read Alberta eBooks Collection

The Accessible Alberta: eBooks for Everyone collection is available to explore here. More information about the collection can be found on the BPAA website and a digital catalogue of the titles can be downloaded from BookNet Canada’s CataList


For more information, please contact:

Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director
c: 780.918.8375

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