Creating and remediating EPUB

Handouts Media

Presented at 2:00pm in Standley II Lab on Thursday, November 21, 2019.



  • Richard Orme, Mr, DAISY Consortium

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Expert
  • Type of session: General Conference


Sub-optimal EPUBs will benefit from enhancement such as descriptions and improving structure. Furthermore, you may want to add extra resources to even the most accessible files. This session will walk attendees through how to fix or add value to EPUBs using free tools. You will also learn the latest ways to create your own EPUB resources.


This session will show how an EPUB can be quickly checked for accessibility issues.

We'll take a title with issues, and after some EPUB therapy we'll emerge with a file that delivers a great experience for students with print disabilities.

We will experience how quite complex publications can be made as highly structured and accessible titles using word processors and web based tools.

Attendees will have the chance to use software tools they can download and use when they return to their institutions.


  1. You can use free tools to check EPUBs for accessibility
  2. You can edit an EPUB and quickly add value
  3. You can make your own EPUBs from word processors and web based tools

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, EPUB Track, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Richard Orme

When teaching in a college in rural England more than 30 years ago, Richard encountered his first blind student, beginning a career in what we now refer to as accessibility. He has worked for local, national and international organizations, with young, old, and very old people, with visual, physical, dual sensory and cognitive disabilities. Having identified a critical lack of accessible curriculum materials in the UK, Richard led an initiative for a national database of accessible textbooks, now grown to become the national Education Collection operating as RNIB Bookshare.

Richard is Chief Executive of the DAISY Consortium, the global organization whose mission is to develop standards and solutions for accessible publishing and reading.He volunteers in his community as a home visitor, providing technology support for people with disabilities. Richard’s brother James has a profound learning disability, and his son Jim has dyslexia and is currently studying aerospace engineering at university.


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