Books without barriers: a free inclusive publishing guide

The Institute of Professional Editors has produced a comprehensive resource for the publishing industry to create inclusive books for those with a print disability.

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), the professional membership association for editors in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, has released Books without barriers: a practical guide to inclusive publishing, to assist publishers and editors to create accessible books. According to the 200-page guide, it’s estimated that almost five million people in Australia live with print disability, and ‘catering for this substantial and under-serviced market is likely to engage new audiences for our books’.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on