Before choosing a textbook, be sure to ask the publisher the following questions about its accessibility.
- In what formats (e.g., print, audio, ePub3) is the book available?
Multiple formats are preferred.
- How accessible are the latest editions?
The big book publishers have recently made a lot of progress in accessibility.
- Are digital formats of the book accessible by people with disabilities?
- Text must be renderable.
- Images, figures and tables must have alternative text.
- Online interactive content must be accessible.
- All textbook-coordinated materials (e.g., slide presentations, tests, quizzes, worksheets) supplied by the publisher must also be available in accessible formats.
- Digital Rights Management Software tools control permissions on e-content and lock them content cannot be copied. This can cause an access issue. Publishers that use this technology should have contact information for people who need access.