Nigeria Gets Its First “Born Accessible” Book

Nigeria Gets Its First “Born Accessible” Book

Books and Gavel has become the first publishing company in Nigeria to embrace the idea of “Born Accessible” with the release on 27 July 2021 of the EPub3 version of the third third edition of Introduction to Nigerian Legal System, during the 21st Nigeria International Book Fair in Lagos. Announcing the publication, the publishers thanked the Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB) for helping to deliver on the accessible format copy and to Mr. Prashant Verma of DAISY Consortium for his oversight and mentoring role all through the conversion process. Copies of the book were also on display at the NAB stand during the book fair.

With this publication, it is hoped that Nigeria is now on the path to accessible publishing. As a deliberate policy, the publishers delayed the release of the physical copy for three (3) months to ensure that sufficient time is devoted to the distribution of the accessible format copies and that the beneficiaries and publishers are well sensitised on the gains of inclusive publishing.
Also speaking to some of the blind visitors at the book fair, the author Dr. John Asein said his insistence on inclusive publishing and born accessible was a personal demonstration of his belief in the spirit of the Marrakesh Treaty  to make books available for the blind and print disabled persons. “I look forward to more authors and publishers standing to be counted in this campaign to have more books born accessible”, he said.
Under the Keyhole® platform of the publishes, the book also has a series of anti-piracy devices including holograms on the front cover to confirm the genuineness of each copy and scratch off panels with unique Product Verification Number (PVN) available to mobile authentication and an online portal for customers to verify the genuineness of any copy of the book purchased. The unique PVN allows a customer to create a user account for access to more resources, including cases, updates and useful links on the publishers’ website.