The Bookseller website recently published a short article stating that E-books ‘much more accessible’ for blind people to quote:
A report by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has revealed that 84% of the top 1,000 best-selling e-books in 2012 could be read by partially-sighted people, up from 45% in 2010
As someone with previous vision problems, I have found that both Audiobooks and Ebooks have been of great value, when my eyesight has prevented me from enjoying reading. However, the ebooks are only as good as what the publishers provide to readers – I’m not sure that some publishers are fully aware of all the possible niches in the ebook market.
I have several ebook readers – a Kobo Touch, an iPad mini with Kobo and Kindle software. Some books have been easy to use – switching colours and contrast, increasing font size etc. However, I’ve had other books which have been painful to read – e.g. they have been made available in pdf format and unavailable to read on an iPad, which results in the text being tiny and unchangeable. For someone who has had problems seeing smaller that 24 point font, to be presented with a text that is 8 point, 9 at a push makes me give up quite quickly.
If the publishers and authors want to make full use of the ebook market, is it not worth them taking the time to get the formatting right? Surely there are decent markup editing software (that’s NOT Adobe Digital Editions!), that can make ebooks readable by those who need it?