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BIC Breakfast, May 2017 - Accessibility in Publishing: Creating an Inclusive Future for All

Book Industry Communication

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 from 09:00 to 10:30 (BST)

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BIC Breakfasts 2017


Since 2013, BIC has run a series of informal, monthly breakfast sessions to provide an opportunity for anyone (BIC members and non-members alike) to discuss publishing, book supply chain issues, successes, and challenges of interest or concern within the book industry. Industry experts are invited along to these BIC Breakfasts to share insights and swap ideas.

The sessions cover a specifc topic each time and are a great place to network and share experiences / contacts with the rest of the book industry and other industries too.

Each session will focus on one of the following supply chain areas:
- Physical
- Digital
- Data
- Libraries


Accessibility in Publishing: Creating an Inclusive Future for All

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Over 2 million people in the UK live with sight loss, of which approximately 360,000 are registered with their local authority as blind or partially-sighted. In addition, over 10% of people worldwide have a print disability. It is predicted that by 2020 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will rise to over 2,250,000 and by 2050, the current number will have almost doubled to nearly four million. Clearly, the book industry has a key role to play in ensuring that the products it produces are accessible to all and available for consumption in a variety of inclusive formats. 

In 2016, BIC hosted a presentation by the DAISY Consortium about accessible publishing and the Marrakech treaty as part of the New Trends in Publishing Seminar. This BIC Breakfast will provide an update on this crucial topic, investigating both the challenges of and advancements in accessible publishing in recent years. It will address what organisations should be doing to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of this important but relatively untapped demographic and the fundamental reasons for doing so.

We will hear the latest from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) about the difference that accessible products can make to blind and partially-sighted peoples’ lives; Dorling Kindersley will provide an update on the production of physical, accessible products (including a peek at their recent children’s braille series); and EDItEUR will explain what accessibility really means in relation to producing digital products, including a look at the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and how ONIX can help to express information about your products’ accessibility features.



Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC


Robin Spinks, Senior Strategy Manager, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Charlotte Oliver, Senior Producer, Dorling Kindersley

Chris Saynor, Standards Editor, EDItEUR



Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis.

If for any reason you are unable to attend this event or the event is sold-out, please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope in order to watch the event live!

Also, if you are not able to attend this event but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact Alaina-Marie Basett on (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

Food and beverages will be provided during the event. Please contact Alaina-Marie (whose email address can be found above) if you have any specific dietary requirements. 



Tickets are FREE for BIC members but you will need to register on this page.

There is a nominal charge for non-member tickets.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!


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Refund Policy

We ask that all Non-Members (i.e. those who will need to pay to attend this event) take a few moments to familiarise themselves with our refund policy. Refunds may be given as follows:

  • Up to 1 calendar month before the event: full refund
  • Less that 1 calendar month, but more than 1 calendar week before the event: 50% refund
  • Less than 1 calendar week before the event: no refund.

Please note: tickets are transferable within your organisation should you find that you are unable to attend.

Do you have questions about BIC Breakfast, May 2017 - Accessibility in Publishing: Creating an Inclusive Future for All? Contact Book Industry Communication

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Faber Creative Spaces
Bloomsbury House
74-77 Great Russell Street
WC1B 3DA London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 from 09:00 to 10:30 (BST)

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Book Industry Communication

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.

BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.

Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.


Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice


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