IBUK Libra Light – virtual reading for blind launched

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Mar, 13 2017

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by PubTechPoland

IBUK Libra Light is a platform that provides publications for the blind, visually impaired and physically disabled people (who can’t read printed books). Eligible readers have free access to the publication of fiction, scientific and specialist in ePUB or mp3 file format. The innovative project, initiated by the Polish Chamber of Books, was carried out by PWN on behalf of the Book Institute. The project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

IBUK Libra Light was founded on the basis of the existing since 2008 virtual reading room IBUK Libra, which provides libraries and institutions of electronic books in the lending model. The new platform is designed to work with the reader NVDA and most of the tools that adapt the text (eg. Braille display, speech synthesizers). On the website (www.libralight.pwn.pl) people with disabilities will present a catalog of nearly 300 publications that can download and play on their own devices (computer, telephone, mobile devices).

Access is possible by logging into personal account and enter the authorization code (PIN). The first library, which occupied the distribution of PIN codes is the Collections Department for the Blind at the Central Library of Labour and Social Security (Konwiktorska Street 7 in Warsaw). To receive a PIN, you must provide a judgment declaring a disability. This ensures that the platform will benefit only authorized persons. In addition to the ePUB and mp3 files just before downloading them automatically be imposed watermarks that are signatory to file identifiers readers.

The patronage of the platform IBUK Libra Light was taken by the Polish Association of the Blind and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

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