The Publisher Sent Me An ePub! Now What?

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Presented at 3:30pm in Meadowbrook I/II on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Susan Kelmer, Alternate Format Production Program Manager, University of Colorado Boulder

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


You requested alternate format for a student, and the publisher sent you an ePub! You aren't sure if the student can read it with their existing technology, and you're not sure the ePub includes all of the required navigation. I will show you how various TTS programs work with ePubs, and how to turn that ePub into another format if needed.


Many large publishers are moving into ePubs as a solution for alternate format requests. Getting an ePub when you expected a PDF is always a surprise, but then you have to figure out what to do next. The student may be using Kurzweil, or Read and Write, or another solution. Do these programs work with ePubs? And if they don't, what do you do next? In the end, the student needs something that works for them, and ePubs are not always the right solution for a student. This session will help break down some of the barriers that ePubs can create. I will cover various Text-to-Speech programs and solutions, and will show you how to turn that ePub into something else (PDF, Word, etc.)


  1. Why are publishers sending ePubs instead of PDFs?
  2. How can a student navigate ePubs with their TTS technology?
  3. Convert an ePub to something else (PDF, Word) if a student can't use the ePub as-is.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

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

Speaker Bio(s)

Susan Kelmer

Ms. Kelmer has been working with alternate format and accessible technology for more than 20 years in a higher education environment. Currently she works at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Alternate Format Production and Access Center, where alternate format materials for students with print disabilities are produced. She also consults with other departments on campus and other campuses about alternate format and how to produce materials effectively. She has presented at multiple AHG conferences in the last 20 years.


The Publisher Sent Me An ePub