1 April 2010

Blackstone Audio gets DAISY Fever!

By Deborah Mould, Vision Australia

Blackstone Audio, one of the largest producers of unabridged audio titles in the US, is proud to announce the introduction of DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) books to their library customers. The move brings a higher level of accessibility to commercial publishing and expands opportunities for individuals and print disability agencies to purchase a growing range of books.

Following discussions with Vision Australia in 2009, Blackstone Audio became aware of the potential worldwide market for accessible content. With the assistance of the technical team at Vision Australia, the first batch were delivered in October, and made available to clients shortly after. Based on the worldwide audio standard, Blackstone will produce future orders in DAISY 2.02 compliant format.

“There are more than four million Australians who have a print disability and need our help. And, with continued support from organisations such as Blackstone Audio, Vision Australia can work towards bridging the information divide that has been a barrier to our community for too long,” said Gerard Menses, CEO, Vision Australia.

This partnership between Australia’s largest blindness agency and a major commercial vendor of English language materials demonstrates how organisations work together to expand mutually beneficial opportunities to other blindness agencies and increase the availability of accessible information.

Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities

List all IFLA news