Here at Lerner Publishing Group’s Lerner Digital imprint, our mission is to “reach readers of all needs with accessible, engaging content to instill a joy of reading in all.” Thanks to a new partnership with Benetech, we have expanded our accessibility goals by making our titles available in formats used by assistive technologies for readers with disabilities.
You can now find Lerner’s entire K-12 ebook catalog in accessible formats via Benetech’s Bookshare collection. That’s more than 7,000 titles available as Daisy with Images, Daisy without Images, Audio, BRF, ePub, Word, and Bookshare’s online reader. This is – to put it lightly – a BIG deal. Through this partnership, thousands of kids at home and in school will now be able to experience these books in the way that makes the most sense for them. No more barriers for readers with visual impairments. No more barriers for readers with physical impairments. No more barriers, period.
Every child deserves to experience books. Books help readers learn new things, escape to fantastical worlds, and discover new interests. Books also have the power to affirm our identities, to build understanding with people unlike ourselves, to challenge our misconceptions, and to broaden our awareness of the world. Discussing books you’ve read helps you make connections and build friendships. By making Lerner’s books more accessible, we are including everyone in the conversation.
We view accessibility as part of Lerner’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all aspects of our publishing program. Our efforts to support all readers, both in content and in access, mean that all kids can read and succeed.