The European Accessibility Act (EAA) is an EU directive establishing accessibility targets that must be met by many different types of products and services to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities. It is relevant for the publishing industry as it includes ebooks, dedicated reading software, ereading devices and ecommerce sites.
It is important for the publishing industry to get ready in preparation for June 2025 and a group of relevant stakeholders have put together a report on publishing standards so that the technical requirements of the directive can be met. Ideally, existing standards will provide the bedrock of this guidance, with the aim of fostering their adoption in time for EAA compliance.
- EAA Report: European Accessibility Act: report on the state of the art of publishing standards
- The LIA Foundation have prepared a summary document
- FEP Open Position Paper on the Technical Specifications for ebooks for the EAA
- What Does the EAA Mean for Global Publishing?
- DAISY webinar: EAA-Considerations for the Publishing Industry and Benefits to Consumers Globally
Stakeholders and Authors
- Federation of European Publishers, representing more than 29 EU Publishers’ Associations (FEP)
- W3C Accessibility Task Force (EPUB 3 working group)
- The LIA Foundation
- Luc Audrain