Accessibility (a11y) is important to us. We are committed to making our website and content platforms accessible to everyone, including people who are blind, visually impaired, dyslexic or otherwise disabled. To this end, Kogan Page follows the accessibility guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium with the long-term aim of conforming to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible and user-friendly for people with disabilities. We want everyone who visits the Kogan Page website to find it easy to use.
Kogan Page is proud to be one of three publishers in the world (as of September 2020) to receive Benetech's Global Certified Accessible accreditation for ebooks. This award is the gold standard for accessible publications and certifies that Kogan Page has demonstrated conformance to accessibility guidelines set forth by the Global Certified Accessible Consortium, which are based on standards put in place by the W3C and the international publishing community.
Since 2012 Kogan Page has worked with RNIB Bookshare, an online library of accessible publications, to make all of our ebooks available to persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled at the same time as the print editions are published. Kogan Page is also a signatory to the Accessible Book Consortium’s Charter for Accessible Publishing, which promotes the production of ebooks in accessible formats.
Kogan Page ebooks (since January 2019) are available in EPUB3 and MOBI (Kindle) formats and conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA. Our ebooks adhere to EPUB Accessibility 1.0 and are validated by Ace, by DAISY, and our own in-house validation tools, which assure ARIA roles, EPUB types, accessibility metadata, and alt text and long descriptions for imagery and tables are present and correct. Ebooks published before 2019 are available in MOBI, EPUB2 and EPUB3 formats but they do not include image descriptions.
All Kogan Page ebooks have a logical reading order and include mark-up and structure to ensure easy navigation and compatibility with assistive technologies, such as screen readers. Users can:
- change the font and increase/decrease font size
- reflow the text to fit any screen size
- adjust colour and contrast to suit their preference
- enable text-to-speech functionality
As part of our continued effort to improve the accessibility of our products, we now provide high-quality text descriptions for images and tables that are not otherwise accessible to print-impaired users, including:
- alternative text for all images
- long descriptions for complex imagery
- accessible table data for complex tables that are rendered as images
We recommend VitalSource Bookshelf because it highlights accessibility features at product level. This means users can easily see whether a book is suitable for their needs.
Digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, intermediate copies, privacy and licence terms (T&Cs) are applied by the platforms that provide access to our ebooks. There are no additional licence terms (restrictions) on use once a file has been approved by providers such as RNIB Bookshare. We therefore do not require personal details about specific medical history. Copying and printing restrictions are dependent on the platform – the limits are usually 10 per cent of the book or one chapter (whichever is greater).
ASPIRE, the first verification service for accessibility statements in the publishing industry, gave this page a gold rating (score of 93 per cent). See where we rank on the ASPIRElist (05 September 2019).
IPG Independent Publishing Awards
In 2020, Kogan Page won the Digital Publishing Award for its Accessible Ebook Programme. This award recognizes our investment in a born-accessible workflow, our dedication to providing accessible ebooks to all readers and out involvement with the wider accessibility community. Judges said, "This is important work. Kogan Page's commitment to accessibility is to be applauded."
Shortlisted for the following
- ABC International Excellence Award in Accessible Publishing
London Book Fair
- DAISY Award for Accessibility
Digital Book World
If you have any questions about accessing or navigating our website, content platform or ebooks, please email [email protected]. We aim to fulfil requests for accessible ebooks within five business days; however, to expedite the process, you can request files directly from RNIB Bookshare (UK), Bookshare (US) or AccessText (US).
Last updated: September 2020