In partnership with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), the ABPBC has built a collection of accessible BC-published ebooks that will be available to library patrons registered with participating libraries that are part of the BC Libraries Cooperative. The collection will be hosted in a born-accessible reading system prototype, called “Accessible Reading BC,” that is intended to serve as a proof of concept for future development of the prototype and funding to maintain the ebook collection.
Based on the available funding and programming resources, a working group of BC publishers and librarians have defined the terms for this pilot phase of the collection as follows:
Ebook files included in the collection will:
- Be available for unlimited concurrent use over a time period of 12 months, from April 12, 2021 to April 12, 2022
- Be DRM-free
- Users will be authenticated using their library cards
Users shall use the content for personal, non-commercial use, and they may only copy, transfer and burn the content for such use. Extended use is strongly discouraged. Content shall not be modified, copied, distributed, repackaged, transmitted, sold, or otherwise used in a manner inconsistent with the rights of copyright owners.
This pilot phase of the project is funded through the Accessible Digital Books component of the Canada Book Fund. Licensing terms will be subject to change in future iterations of the project.